2019 OMAFRA Hop Update

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingThe OMAFRA Hop Update is compiled for the Ontario Hop Growers Association AGM held annually in March.  The Update includes information on markets, acreage, production, industry trends, pest management updates, research updates, etc.

The update is typically provided in two sections:

  1. Market/Acreage/Production/Trends update by Evan Elford, OMAFRA New Crop Development Specialist; and,
  2. Pest Management/Research Update by Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA Horticulture IPM Specialist

Please follow the links below for the 2019 reports:


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2019 OMAFRA Hazelnut Workshops

Ontario hazelnut growers are invited to attend the following training workshops being offered by OMAFRA during the 2019 field season. Continue reading

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2019 Hops Workshops

Hop growers are invited to attend the following training workshops being offered  by OMAFRA specialists during the 2019 field season.

Hop Integrated Pest Management Training

Date: Thursday April 4 2019, 6-8:30 pm

Location: Simcoe-OMAFRA Resource Centre Auditorium or online through Adobe Connect

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Next Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) Intake has been Announced

The next CAP intake for producers, processors and other agri-businesses is  March 22 through May 6.

Please see the link here for the news release https://news.ontario.ca/omafra/en/2019/02/standing-up-for-ontarios-agri-food-sector.html

More information will be available on the websites of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on or before March 8, 2019.

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Hops Session at 2019 OFVC

This year the Hops Session at the 2019 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention will focus on hop cone quality.

Hop quality is influenced by many practices from in-field cultural management through post-harvest processing and storage.  We invite you to come and learn more and join the discussion.

Date: Wednesday, February 20
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Location: Ballroom C, Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario

Hops Session Speaker Schedule:
9:30 am: Environmental Impacts on Hop Cone Quality, Evan Elford, OMAFRA

10:00 am: Pest Management and Cone Quality, Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA

10:30 am:  Post-harvest Methods for Optimal Cone Quality, Alex Adams, Cedar Hop Farm, Harmony Agricultural Services, and Processing Consultant, MILocal Hops, USA

11:00 am: Ontario Processor Perspectives: What Do We Need to Do to Improve Cone Quality? Hop Processor Panel Discussion: Brandon Bickle, Valley Hops; Nicolas Schaut, Bighead Hops; Scott Hayhoe, Hayhoe Hops; and with input from Curtis VanQuaethem, VQH Farms & Kinglake Farms and Kyle Wynette, Tavistock Hops Company

For more information and to register online please visit the OFVC website at http://www.ofvc.ca

The Hops Session will be followed by the 7th annual Great Ontario Hops Craft Beer Competition from 2-4pm in Ballroom C: http://www.onhops.ca

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Deadline Extended- Summer Student Positions Available at the Simcoe Research Station, Norfolk County — ONfruit

Job Ad: Student – Horticulture Assistant Organization: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Division/Branch: Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch Title: Student – Summer Research Assistant Job Term: Temporary (7 positions) up to 14 weeks Location: OMAFRA Simcoe Resource Centre, Simcoe, Ontario (Norfolk County, on the north shore of Lake Erie, 2 hours southwest of Toronto) Salary: $14.85 / […]

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Proving You Do It Right – A Good Agriculture and Collection Practices Training Workshop

The Ontario Lavender Association is hosting a GACP training workshop on February 22 in Simcoe. This workshop is open to growers of other crops that have similar challenges to lavender such as value-added product development, agri-tourism or on-farm sales.

The GACP workshop is a quality assurance skills training workshop that will help you address risk in your operation. These skills will help you meet your own internal goals and help you address those who ask you to meet their expectations. It is a hands-on interactive session that will result in a recognized certification. This training session will be led by Connie Kehler of the Herb, Spice and Specialty Agriculture Association and was developed by a Canada-wide team to specifically address the needs of herb and specialty crop producers. The program is recognized by Health Canada, the American Herbal Products Association and the World Health Organization. Continue reading

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