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!

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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:

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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.

Schedule: Continue reading

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59th Annual American Hop Convention – January 20-23, 2015

P1100410The 2015 American Hop Convention and Hop Research Council Winter Meeting is scheduled for January 20-23, 2015 in San Diego, California.

The meeting provides a venue for the Hop Research Council Committee meetings to discuss hop research reports in addition to general sessions and panels on hop production technology and marketing.

Cost: $525.00 USD (Pre-registration rate by January 9, 2015)

Please click the following link to download the 2015 American Hop Convention Registration Pkt which includes the agenda and information on guest speakers, conference tours and registration information.

For additional information please contact the Hop Growers of America by calling 1.509. 453.4749 or email

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Lavender Propagation Workshop – October 27 2014

The Ontario Lavender Association, the University of Guelph and OMAFRA are hosting a lavender propagation workshop titled “Tips and Tricks for Propagating Lavender Successfully”.

Where: Simcoe Research Station; 1283 Blueline Road, Simcoe ON N3Y 4K3
When: Monday, October 27, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 for OLA members, $20 for non-members

This hands-on workshop will cover how to collect cuttings from the field, preparing cuttings for planting, optimal rooting media, rooting hormones, and environmental conditions for optimal rooting.  It will also cover the best times of the year to propagate lavender and how to handle rooted cuttings over winter.

To register email Cathy Bartolic at

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New to Farming in Ontario? Here’s a place to start…

Are you a new farmer in Ontario?  We find many specialty crop growers are also new to farming and are looking for resources to help them navigate the world of agriculture in Ontario.  Did you know OMAFRA has a publication entitled Starting A Farm In Ontario (Publication 61)? This publication provides an introduction to new farmers on everything from buying a rural property to obtaining a Farm Business Registration Number and managing your farm operation.  Basics on crop and livestock production, business plans and record keeping are covered in this resource.  For more information and to order your copy of Starting A Farm In Ontario, please visit the OMAFRA Website or contact Service Ontario at 1.800.668.9938 .

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