Call Before You Cut!

From OMAFRA Stakeholder Communications:

Municipalities are responsible for developing their own by-laws. Your municipality may have passed by-laws that determine if you can remove a tree from your land or woodlot. These by-laws may include conditions that affect how you carry out the work, including the need for a qualified professional and/or a permit to complete the work.


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Ontario Hop Priority Setting Calls 2016/2017

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingOntario hop growers, researchers and hop service personnel are invited to participate in one of three hop research and service priority setting conference calls.

The sessions will focus on updating the 2014 Ontario Hop Research & 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) at Tel: 1.877.424.1300 or by email: for one of the three available dates:

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 12-1:30pm
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12-1:30pm

Upon registration, you will receive conference line and WebEx connection details.

Thank you for your participation!

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Local Food Entrepreneurship Workshop in Durham Region – Nov 17, 2016

The Region of Durham’s Economic Development Department, in conjunction with the Township of Brock Economic Development Advisory Committee and OMAFRA, are hosting an informative workshop for local food entrepreneurs hoping to expand their business.


Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM EST

Location: Sunderland Memorial Arena Auditorium
20 Park Street, Sunderland, Ontario

For more information and to register, visit the Township of Brock website here.

Contact Becky Jamieson, Township of Brock at 705-432-2355 or for any questions.

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Upcoming Ginseng Meetings November 28, 2016

Ginseng Pesticide and Research Prioritization Meeting

Ginseng growers, researchers and industry representatives are invited to attend the annual Ginseng Pesticide and Research Prioritization Meeting

Where: Simcoe Research Station Auditorium
When: Monday, November 28
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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. Jim Chaput, OMAFRA Minor Use Coordinator, will provide an update on products currently in the minor use system.

Ginseng Replant Disease Research Update

Where: Simcoe Research Station Auditorium
When: Monday, November 28
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

This meeting will provide those interested with an update on significant research findings over the past year. If you plan to stay for lunch between the two meetings, please RSVP to the OGGA office at by Friday, November 25.

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It’s Time to put Row Covers on Your Lavender

Ontario lavender growers should consider putting on row covers over lavender in the next two weeks. Row covers should be put on when lavender plants are mostly dormant, which usually occurs once night temperatures average below freezing. They definitely need to be put on before any substantial snowfall occurs that is likely to remain on the field into winter. If ground staples are being used, they should also be put on before the ground freezes or it will be very difficult to get them into the ground. Continue reading

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Have you thought about planting a windbreak?


Windbreaks are a great way to reduce soil erosion and increase crop growth on your farm.

  • They reduce wind speeds, which can increase growth of crops for a distance of up to 20 times the height of the trees.
  • The taller the trees and the longer the windbreak, the greater the area the windbreak will protect: wind speeds can be reduced upwind for a distance up to five times the height of the trees, and downwind for a distance of up to fifteen times the height of the trees.
  • Combine a windbreak with other conservation best practices, such as conservation tillage, crop residue management and cover crops, and you’ll obtain optimal wind erosion control.

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GOHCBC Entry Deadline Quickly Approaching!

BeerLogo_2015_NODATEThat’s right, the entry cutoff date for the  2017 Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition is quickly approaching…and only two spots remain!

Interested teams of Ontario hop growers and brewers who have not yet submitted an entry form are encouraged to do so before the October 31st deadline.

For more information about the competition and to download a registration form, please visit the competition website at

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2017 competition and highlighting the quality and creativity that Ontario hop growers and brewers have to offer!


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