Growing Hops in Eastern Ontario Workshop – March 21, 2016

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingGrowers in eastern Ontario interested in learning more about the hops industry are invited to participate in a workshop ‘Growing Hops in Eastern Ontario’ on Monday, March 21, 2016.

The workshop is targeted to NEW or PROSPECTIVE hop growers.  Click on the flyer below to learn more and register for the workshop.

Eastern Ontario Hops Workshop

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Upcoming Workshop: How to Win Markets and Influence Grocery Buyers

Bigger isn’t always better in the eyes of one businessman.

Why did we decide to focus on local? Because it’s difficult for the big players to do.” That’s the business strategy used by Jim Beveridge of B&H Your Community Grocer, an independent retailer in Kemptville.  His grocery store uses its small size to its advantage in the David and Goliath struggle for market share and sales.

Grocery retailers, chefs, and other food buyers are looking for local product and they want to buy local  says Jessica Kelly, a direct farm marketing specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).  “Yet, when it comes to buying from farmers and small food processors, they say there’s often a gap between what they need, when they need it, and how they do business” she adds. Continue reading

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Ontario’s Worst Weeds – have your say!

What are Ontario’s Worst Weeds???? Your input will help decide. Results of this survey will highlight weed trends and concerns in Ontario. Your participation is appreciated.

Source: Ontario’s Worst Weeds – have your say!

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BMP Quiz – Phosphorus Edition

Have you got any of the OMAFRA BMP books on your shelf? Have you picked one up somewhere and have been meaning to look through it? I just spent a few minutes looking at Best Management Practices for Phosphorus (only 8 pages!) and Best Management Practices for Reducing Phosphorus from Agricultural Sources (A Phosphorus Primer).

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Changes to The Canadian Organic Standards – An Essential Update

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certificationf10The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) will be hosting a second round of webinars in February to bring people up to speed on the changes to the Canadian Organic Standards:

“The revised Canadian Organic Standards were released Wednesday, November 25, 2015. To prepare Canadians for the changes, COG is offering a series of webinars on the changes called Changes to The Canadian Organic Standards – An Essential Update. These webinars were [originally] presented in the fall and highlighted important changes in the standards and allowed producers, certifiers and verification officers, among others, to ask questions and fully understand the revisions before they come into effect later this month.

The next round of webinars will be presented in February:

  • Crop Production: Tuesday, February 2, 7 PM Eastern Register here;
  • Livestock Production: Thursday, February 4, 7 PM Eastern Register here;
  • Preparation including Processing: Tuesday, February 9, 7 PM Eastern Register here

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Ohio Hops and Malting Barley Conference & Trade Show

Centennial cone developmentOntario hop growers may be interested in attending the Ohio Hops and Malting Barley Conference & Trade Show taking place in February sponsored by The Ohio State University.

Date: 24-25 February, 2016
Location: Shisler Conference Centre & Fisher Auditorium, Wooster, Ohio
Cost: $175 (2 day registration); $100 (1 day registration)

Deadline for registration is Friday, February 5, 2016. For more information and to register please visit http://www.go.osu.edu/OhioHopsAndBarleyConference

 

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Funding: Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs:
• provides work experiences for students;
• supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
• recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial adult minimum hourly wage. Public and private sector employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial adult minimum hourly wage.

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