Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program: Additional Funding

Enhaced Worker Protection Program

On May 14, 2020 the ministry announced the launch of the Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program for Producers.   The government has recently announced an additional $11.6 M in funding.

Many producers made pro-active improvements to workplace safety in light of Covid-19, which is why the program accepts applications for changes made as far back as March 15, 2020. Continue reading

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Axxe Bio-Herbicide Now Registered for use on Field Grown Cannabis and Industrial Hemp

Axxe is a bio-herbicide used for contact spray control or burndown of weeds and grasses for food crops, field crops, pastures, ornamentals, turf, landscapes, interiorscapes, greenhouses, and non-crop areas on farmsteads.  The usage label has recently been expanded to include field grown cannabis and industrial hemp.  Users should read and follow the instructions listed on the product label, which can be found on the PMRA website (https://pr-rp.hc-sc.gc.ca/1_1/view_label?p_ukid=179202553).

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Reminder: ‘New Hop Cultivar Development’ Lunch and Learn Webinar, November 23, 12-1pm

Overview: Join OMAFRA specialists Evan Elford and Melanie Filotas for bi-monthly online Zoom discussions about Ontario hops. Building on the successful 2020 season webinars, Evan and Melanie will be hosting a series of winter hop discussions with some guest speakers to provide insight into new and exciting areas of hop production, pest management and marketing.

Date: November 23, 2020 Noon-1pm

Topic: New hop cultivar development with Dr. Jason McCallum

This month we will be hosting Dr. Jason McCallum, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Charlottetown Research and Development Centre. Dr. McCallum will be providing an overview of his work on new hop cultivar development including the establishment of and diversity in the collection, details on some important chemical traits, aromas/oils, and other cultivar characteristics.

Research in Detail: Dr. McCallum is an AAFC Research Scientist in the area of Phytochemistry, working out of the Charlottetown Research and Development Centre (CRDC) for the past 12 years. Dr. McCallum’s research focuses on plant natural products chemistry, including the discovery of new phytochemicals and the characterization of their biological activities for improved human health and plant performance. In 2015 he initiated a project focused on studying the chemical diversity of wild, native hops (Humulus lupulus ssp. lupuloides), and is currently developing named, wild-hop cultivars for commercial release. His work on wild hops has been featured prominently in Maritimes and national news media.

Register in advance for this meeting: Attendance is free and open to anyone, however you must pre-register for each meeting to obtain the log-in details. Anyone wishing to ask questions in advance can email Evan (evan.elford@ontario.ca) or Melanie (melanie.filotas@ontario.ca) prior to the scheduled webinar date or enter it in the question field when you register, and we will try to answer during the session.

Click here to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvc-msrT4sH9ZIXHV3PBSiI-A4brrgvrfD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Ontario Hoppenings Lunch and Learn – Monday November 23, 2020 at Noon

Overview: Join OMAFRA specialists Evan Elford and Melanie Filotas for bi-monthly online Zoom discussions about Ontario hops. Building on the successful 2020 season webinars, Evan and Melanie will be hosting a series of winter hop discussions with some guest speakers to provide insight into new and exciting areas of hop production, pest management and marketing.

Date: November 23, 2020 Noon-1pm

Topic: New hop cultivar development with Dr. Jason McCallum

This month we will be hosting Dr. Jason McCallum, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Charlottetown Research and Development Centre. Dr. McCallum will be providing an overview of his work on new hop cultivar development including the establishment of and diversity in the collection, details on some important chemical traits, aromas/oils, and other cultivar characteristics.

Research in Detail: Dr. McCallum is an AAFC Research Scientist in the area of Phytochemistry, working out of the Charlottetown Research and Development Centre (CRDC) for the past 12 years.  Dr. McCallum’s research focuses on plant natural products chemistry, including the discovery of new phytochemicals and the characterization of their biological activities for improved human health and plant performance.  In 2015 he initiated a project focused on studying the chemical diversity of wild, native hops (Humulus lupulus ssp. lupuloides), and is currently developing named, wild-hop cultivars for commercial release.  His work on wild hops has been featured prominently in Maritimes and national news media.

Register in advance for this meeting: Attendance is free and open to anyone, however you must pre-register for each meeting to obtain the log-in details.  Anyone wishing to ask questions in advance can email Evan (evan.elford@ontario.ca) or Melanie (melanie.filotas@ontario.ca) prior to the scheduled webinar date or enter it in the question field when you register, and we will try to answer during the session.

Click here to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvc-msrT4sH9ZIXHV3PBSiI-A4brrgvrfD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Poast Ultra Herbicide Registered for Use on Basil

By Jim Chaput, Minor Use Coordinator, OMAFRA

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for POAST® ULTRA Herbicide for control of labeled weeds on basil (fresh and dried) in Canada. POAST® ULTRA Herbicide was already labeled for management of grassy weeds on a wide range of crops in Canada. Continue reading

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Ginseng Pesticide and Research Prioritization Meeting – Dec. 2

The Ginseng Pesticide and Research Prioritization Meeting will continue this year as a Zoom meeting. This is an opportunity to discuss the production issues over the past year, establish research priorities for the coming year and to prioritize products for the minor use system. An update will be provided on products currently in the minor use system and any research applicable to the discussion. Please note, we recognize that some growers are still busy at that time of year, but this is the latest the meeting can be held to meet the deadlines of the minor use system.

When: Wed., Dec. 2, 2020

Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am

Where: Online via Zoom conferencing

Pre-registration is required to get the link to the meeting. OGGA members have received the Zoom link in an email from OGGA. Anyone else interested in participating can email Sean Westerveld at sean.westerveld@ontario.ca or Michelle Murphy at info@ginsengontario.com.

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