Ontario Hop Priority Setting Workshops: Nov 29 and Dec 3, 2014

P1130375Reminder – Ontario hop growers and hop service personnel are invited to participate in one of two hop research and service priority setting workshops.

The sessions will focus on brainstorming research and service priorities to provide direction on future activities related to the development of the Ontario hop industry.

The workshops will be held via conference call and WebEx.

Please RSVP to the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC) ( Tel: 1.877.424.1300 or by email: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca) for one of the two dates listed below:

Saturday, November 29, 9am-11am

OR

Wednesday, December 3, 7pm-9pm

Upon registration, you will receive two documents to assist with the meetings: a) outline of priority setting process and example of a priority document; and b) a research and service priority form to get you thinking about the issues that matter the most to you.

Please complete the Research and Service Priority Form and return to Evan Elford (evan.elford@ontario.ca) prior to your scheduled workshop.

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Calling All Hop Growers for Priority Setting Workshops

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingAll Ontario hop growers are invited to participate in one of two hop research and service priority setting workshops.

The sessions will focus on brainstorming research and service priorities to provide direction on future activities related to the development of the Ontario hop industry.

The workshops will be held via conference call and WebEx.

Please RSVP to the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC) ( Tel: 1.877.424.1300 or by email: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca) for one of the two dates listed below:

Saturday, November 29, 9am-11am

OR

Wednesday, December 3, 7pm-9pm

Upon registration, you will receive two documents to assist with the meetings: a) outline of priority setting process and example of a priority document; and b) a research and service priority form to get you thinking about the issues that matter the most to you.

Please complete the Research and Service Priority Form and return to Evan Elford (evan.elford@ontario.ca) prior to your scheduled workshop.

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Dehulling Ancient Grains – eOrganic Webinar, November 18, 2014

eOrganic will be hosting a webinar on Dehulling Ancient Grains, presented by members of the NIFA OREI project: Value-added Grains for Local and Regional Food Systems. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 18 at 2PM Eastern Time. The webinar is free and open to the public.

Advance registration is required.

Register at: https://www.extension.org/pages/71272

More about the webinar:
One roadblock to the increased production of the “ancient” grains einkorn, emmer, and spelt is the need for dehulling capacity, since these grains do not thresh free of the hull in Continue reading

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Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition Registration Filling Up Fast – Oct 29, 2014

BeerLogo_2015_NODATERegistration space in the 3rd Annual Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition (GOHCBC) is filling up fast.  Only two positions are left, so get your Grower/Brewer team together and visit the competition website to access the registration form and competition rules.  Registration deadline is November 1, 2104. A maximum of 10 teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  The competition will be held on February 18, 2015 at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

This year’s style is Robust Porter!

http://www.ONhops.ca

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Canadian Lavender Survey

Canadian lavender producers are asked to participate in a confidential, anonymous on-line survey conducted by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. This first ever Canadian lavender survey is available on-line on survey monkey.

This national lavender survey will assist government, researchers and industry in understanding the production needs and marketing trends of Canadian lavender across the country.

Barb Gillies, Chair of the Ontario Lavender Association, said “Vital lavender research is occurring in several locations across Canada. The desire to evaluate the state of the national lavender industry for purposes of improving Canadian lavender production and market potential is applaudable. I encourage lavender producers across the country to participate in this survey.”

With increasing consumer support for the local movement, the lavender industry sees an opportunity to bring awareness to the Canadian public about local lavender products and lavender farms.

This survey is anonymous. A respondent’s region will only be collected to help determine lavender production across the country.

Data collection will continue until November 21, 2014.

To fill out the survey visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3FWLFLH

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Black Plastic: Is there a Viable Organic Mulch Alternative?

Black plastic mulch is widely used in the production of specialty vegetable crops due to its effectiveness as a weed barrier, capability to conserve soil moisture and ability to warm soil temperatures in spring.   Although it is permitted in organic production, the question of using a product which creates non-biodegradable waste is of concern to many organic producers.   Early forms of biodegradable films were developed to address this concern, however due to poor performance in early years and restrictions on starch based feed stocks (e.g. Genetically Modified Organism starch) by organic regulations, many producers continue to use plastic mulch.  The quality of biodegradable films has improved in recent years but growers and researchers are still exploring other options for organic farms, including organic no-till systems, in order to find management strategies that benefit the whole biological system. Continue reading

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Cover Crop Tour and Open House – 30th October, 2014

Presented by:CCT

No cost. Join part or all of tour. No pre-registration required.  CCA credits requested.

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