2014 GOHCBC entries for this year’s beer style: American Brown Ale
The results are in!
The 2014 Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition took place on Wednesday, February 19th at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls. The beer style for 2014 was an American Brown Ale.
All brewers and hop growers are to be congratulated as the judges were impressed by the improvement in beer and hop quality this year. Many attendees were overheard discussing the quality of the Ontario grown hops showcased during the hop rub. No beer faults were detected by the judges and they stated several beers were worthy of being commercially marketed.
1st Place: The Blue Elephant (Simcoe) & Carolinian Hop Yard (Norfolk County)
2nd Place: Get Well Brewing (Toronto) & Nation Hops (Bernardin)
3rd Place: The Olde Stone Brewing Company (Peterborough) & Slow Acres Organics (Peterborough)
Congratulations to The Blue Elephant and Carolinian Hop Yard, this year’s winners of the Bottomless Cup!
Winners will be contacted by the competition organisers for award presentations.
2014 GOHCBC judging panel with winning brewer James Grant (The Blue Elephant) holding the coveted ‘Bottomless Cup’ in Niagara Falls during the OFVC – L-R: Jason Deveau, Jeff Stevens, Laura Takata, James Grant, Al Sutherland, and Michael Ligas
Host location – The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (www.ofvc.ca)
Sponsor – Goal Zero (www.goalzero.com)
Judging Panel & Stewards:
Head Judge – Michael Ligas
Industry Rep – Laura Takata
Sponsor Rep – Jeff Stevens
OMAF and MRA Rep – Jason Deveau
Research Rep – Al Sutherland
Stewards – Jen Llewellyn and Hannah Fraser
Evan Elford and Jason Deveau
Please visit the competition website at http://www.ONHops.ca
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Several biopesticides are now registered for use on organic and conventional crops. Effective use of these products depends on the user having a good understanding of what they are and how they work, as their action and use can be quite different from that of conventional pest control products.
Growers interested in learning how to use biopesticides more effectively may be interested in attending “Biopesticides: Making them work in the field”, a session to be held at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls next Wednesday, February 19th from 2-4pm. Invited speakers from research, extension and the biopesticide industry will be presenting their tips and suggestions on how to use these products most effectively. The presentations are:
• Liette Lambert, Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) “Biopesticides – Experiences in Quebec”
• Matt Krause, Bioworks, inc. “Biopesticides for management of root and foliar diseases”
• Claude Dubois, AEF Global “Effective fungicides for strawberry, apple, grape and other crops”
• Mary Ruth McDonald, University of Guelph, “Biopesticide use in Ontario vegetables – a researcher’s perspective”
For more details, visit http://www.ofvc.ca. Registration is also available on site.
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Edamame, also known as vegetable soybean, refers to immature soybeans in the pod, typically served in Japanese and other Asian cuisines. Production in Ontario has gone up in recent years in response to the increasing popularity of edamame with Canadian consumers. In 2013, an estimated 500 acres of edamame were grown in Ontario. One of the most common questions we receive from interested growers is what pest control products can be applied to edamame. Edamame is essentially soybean that is harvested earlier in the season than field soy, so wouldn’t any product labelled for soybean be okay for edamame? The answer, unfortunately, is no. Continue Reading »
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By: Wayne Du, On-Farm Food Safety Specialist, OMAF and MRA
Having an effective recall system in place is essential to removing contaminated food products from the supply chain quickly and preventing foodborne illness. Are you ready to conduct a product recall? Here are some helpful tips.
Preparing for a recall
- Identify and record contact information for local regulatory authorities and relevant parties such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), inspectors, your suppliers and buyers, commodity organizations, emergency personnel and veterinarians.
- Have the production information and supporting records organized and handy in the event of a recall.
- Perform a mock recall to test the effectiveness and efficiency of your recall system.
- Ensure you can identify, locate and recall 100% of affected product within 48hrs.
Responding to a recall
- If a problem has been identified within your operation or with your product, and a recall needs to be initiated, notify the CFIA immediately with the following information:
- A detailed description of the nature of the problem.
- Details of complaints received and any illnesses reported.
- The name or brand of the product, product description and quantity and lot number(s) of the product affected.
- Label(s) of the product(s).
- Distribution of the product.
- Dates of the product distributed.
- Contact information of your operation’s recall coordinator for both working and off- working hours.
- Notify your buyers and other relevant parties of the situation immediately.
Although producers do everything they can to ensure safe quality products, recalls can and do occur. Being prepared for a recall will help save your time, overall costs to your business and most importantly it will ensure the safety of consumers.
For more information on food recalls, refer to “Food Recall and Emergency Response” on the CFIA website or attend our free online workshops on recall. Visit us at: www.ontario.ca/foodsafety or call: 1-877-424-1300 for the workshops.
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The Ontario Hop Growers Association (OHGA) will be having their AGM for Members this coming Saturday, February 8, at the Durham College Whitby Campus (Room 1-4) from 1-4 pm.
OHGA members are encouraged to attend.
12:45 pm – Reception
1:00 pm – Meeting Starts
President’s Statement – Nicholas Schaut
Treasurer’s Report – Gail Winters
Membership Update & Subcommittee Request – Melanie Doerksen
2:15 pm – Elections Committee Update
2:30 pm – Refreshment Break
3:00 pm – Election of Officers
3:30 pm – Membership Priorities for 2014
4:00 pm – Meeting Adjourned
Durham College Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Avenue
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Join us to learn more about exciting opportunities in fruit production during the Specialty Fruit session at the 2014 OFVC taking place on Thursday, February 20th.
- 9:30-10:30 am: Lee Reich, Horticultural Consultant and Writer, New York: Uncommon Fruits with Potential for Commercialisation
- 10:30-11 am: Mira and Greg Melien, Boreal Berry Farm & Winery, Ontario: Experiences with Haskap Production and Marketing in Ontario
- 11-11:30 am: Laura Poppy, AAFC, Saskatchewan: Seabuckthorn – Next Superfruit for Canada
For more information and to register, please visit the OFVC website at http://www.ofvc.ca.
About the speakers:
Lee Reich, PhD is an avid ‘farmdener’ (more than a gardener, less than a farmer), gardening consultant, and writer from New Paltz, NY who has worked in fruit research with the U.S.D.A. and Cornell University. He is the author, most recently, of The Pruning Book and Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden.
Greg is President of the Ontario Haskap Association and co-owner of Boreal Berry Farm & Winery, the largest commercial Haskap orchard in eastern Canada. Greg has an extensive background in northern horticulture and for the past 10 years has worked on plant breeding and market development for northern Ontario fruits, specializing in Haskap berries.
Laura has 20 years of experience as an agroforestry specialist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Her work has taken her across the country and around the world in support of agroforestry. She primarily works with researchers to develop agroforestry science with a focus on woody plants such as sea buckthorn.
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Interested in learning more about growing hops?
Part of the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Beginning Farmer Series, “Getting Started with Hop Production” will provide an overview of all aspects of production including: history; biology; cultivar selection; trellis design, setup, and cost; pest and disease management; soils and site selection; best management practices; picking and processing; cost of picking and processing; and marketing and sales.
The webinar will take place on February 24, 7-9 pm. The cost is $10.
Sign up at the link below:
Public URL: http://events.anr.msu.edu/GSWHops/
Also, for more in-depth information on hops, you can sign up for the MSU IPM Academy on February 18-19, 2014 in Okemos, MI. For more information please visit: http://hops.msu.edu/ and see the “Events” listing on the right side of the page.
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