Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference: 10 &11 April, 2015

Barley-&-Hops-HeaderDate: 10 & 11 April, 2015
Location: Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Registration: $150.00 per person (special rate of $125 per person available for farms/companies sending three or more individuals)

This conference will feature separate basic and advanced sessions for hop growers as well as a barley session and malting tour and is designed for both growers and brewers. Several prominent speakers from around the USA will be on hand to discuss: market outlook, horticultural practices, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, and much more.

The conference will feature three tracks: Hop Introductory Track, Hop Advanced Track, and Barley and Malt Track. Participants will have the ability to jump between tracks throughout the day. During the registration process, participants will be asked to select their preferred track in order to determine space needs at the facility. Anyone interested in attending the tour of Pilot Malt House should select the Barley and Malt Track.

For more information please visit the conference website.

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New Horticulture Videos for Berry Growers

Melanie Filotas:

Specialty berry growers (haskap, goji, sea buckthorn and more) may be interested in this posting on the ONfruit blog.

Originally posted on ONfruit:

Check out www.Ontario.cahortvideos

You will find videos on a variety of topics for horticulture crops and several of interest to berry growers.

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), by Hannah Fraser shows some great shots of live BMSB to help you identify this pest before it becomes a problem.

Using propane cannons for bird control is explained on two video clips by engineer Hugh Fraser. He also has a video on using fans for frost protection.

Rebecca Short demonstrates both drip irrigation system maintenance and how to monitor for soil moisture, in five videos.  Learn maintenance tips and tricks by watching Rebecca carry out the California standard irrigation system assessment in an Ontario orchard.  Soil moisture monitoring is presented in the last three of these videos.

Go to www.Ontario.cahortvideos  and click on the playlist in the top corner of the first video to get a list of videos…

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Specialty Crop Sessions at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention & Trade Show will be held February 18 and 19, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Ontario. The following are the specialty crop-specific sessions being held at the Convention:

Thursday, February 19 at 9:30 am:
Session Title: Get Rich Quick? What You Need to Know before You Grow a Specialty Crop
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2015 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program Now Accepting Applications

Have you developed and implemented an innovative product or process within your agriculture or food business?  If so, you could be eligible to receive one of the following awards from the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program:

  • Premier’s Award (one award valued at $75,000)
  • Minister’s Award (one award valued at $50,000)
  • Leaders in Innovation Awards (three awards valued at $25,000 each)
  • Provincial Awards (45 awards valued at $5,000 each)

Eligible applicants include: primary producers / farmers, processors and agri-food organizations.

A copy of the Program Guidebook and Application Form, as well as information on previous award recipients is available at or by calling 1-877-424-1300.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM, Friday, April 10, 2015.





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2015 summer job opportunities in Ridgetown with OMAFRA

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2015 summer job opportunities with OMAFRA horticulture staff in Ridgetown have been posted. The deadline for applications is February 20, 2015. The positions are for 16-18 weeks. See details here.

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Summer Student Positions Available at the Simcoe Research Station

Job Ad:     Student – Horticulture/Field Crops/Livestock/Business Management Assistant

Organization:                          Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Division/Branch:                   Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch
Position Title:                         Student – Summer Research Assistant
Job Term:                                  Temporary (7 positions) for up to 18 weeks
Location:                                   OMAFRA Simcoe Resource Centre, Simcoe, Ontario (Norfolk County, on the north shore of Lake Erie, 2 hours southwest of Toronto)
Salary:                                      $11.85 / hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week Continue reading

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3rd Annual Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition – Feb 18th, 2015

BeerLogo_2015_NODATEThe count-down is on!  OFVC logo

Two weeks until the 3rd Annual Great Ontario Hopped Craft Beer Competition (GOHCBC)!


The GOHCBC, graciously hosted at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC), will take place from 2-4 pm on February 18, 2015 in the Port Colbourne Lounge at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Please visit to learn more about this year’s beer style and the 10 Grower-Brewer teams competing  for the coveted ‘Bottomless Cup’ trophy! #gohcbc15 #ONhops 

Thank you to our Sponsors!


OFVC Session Sponsor:
Gintech Shade Technologies Inc.


Additional support provided by:GilbertsonandPage15
Gilbertson & Page


Ontario Craft Beer network v2Media Sponsor:
Ontario Craft Beer Network (formerly Mom ‘N Hops)



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