Summer Student Positions Available at the Simcoe Research Station in Norfolk County

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 (8 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 / hour based on a 36.25 hour work week

Are you serious about making your mark, getting hands-on work experience and learning more about careers in the Ontario Public Service?  These positions at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Simcoe Resource Centre will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in horticulture production, research or the agricultural service sector. These positions will provide the opportunity to learn about diseases, insects, and agronomy of the major field horticulture crops and specialty crops grown in the province. Continue reading

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New Farmer Session at the 2020 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

Are you new to farming? This year the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention (OFVC) will feature a full day session designed specifically for the new farmers interested in fruit or vegetable production. The session, which is titled ‘Farming Basics for New Fruit and Vegetable Growers’, will give an overview of all aspects of farming horticultural crops from purchasing a farm through selling and marketing.

The OFVC takes place on Feb 19-20 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Continue reading

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Lavender Content at the 2020 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

The 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention (OFVC) takes place on Feb 19-20 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

This year the OFVC will feature both the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Lavender Association at 10:30 am on Feb 20th followed by a lavender speaker session on Selling Lavender starting at 2 pm. Continue reading

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Specialty Fruit Session at 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention

The 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention (OFVC)takes place on Feb 19-20 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

This year the OFVC will feature a Specialty Fruit Session starting at 2 pm on Feb 20th in room 204.

The session will feature two guest speakers from out of province:

  • Dr. Andrew Hammermeister from Dalhousie University will provide an overview of haskap nutrient management based on field research in Nova Scotia; and,
  • Dr. Iago Hale from the University of New Hampshire will provide highlights on kiwiberry production and breeding.

The session will also include updates from Dr. Melanie Filotas and Evan Elford of OMAFRA on specialty fruit production, research, and pest management in Ontario.

For more information and to register, please visit the OFVC website at www.ofvc.ca.

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Hops Workshop at 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention (OFVC)!
February 19-20th, Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

This year’s hops session will take place on Wednesday, February 19, starting at 9:30 am in Ballroom C.  The session will be in a workshop format featuring a sensory evaluation and impacts for end users.

The workshop will begin with a 30 min review of production practices affecting hop cone quality in the field by Dr. Melanie Filotas and Evan Elford of OMAFRA.

The remaining 1 hr 30 mins of the workshop will focus on sensory evaluation and hop quality impacts for end users in beer production with Roy Desrochers.

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Roy is a sensory expert who has been supporting the brewing industry for over 35 years. He is the beer flavour expert for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA). He has conducted many beer flavour training programs and workshops around the globe for both small and large brewers. In addition, he provides educational and technical support to farmers and growers including hops and grains. He has conducted sensory workshops for the MBAA National Conventions, MBAA District Texas, MBAA District New England, and MBAA District Ontario, The Hop Growers Conference in Burlington, VT, The Hop Growers Guild in Columbus, Ohio, the Hop Growers Convention in Michigan, the Vermont Brewers Guild, and the Massachusetts Brewers Guild.

For more information and to register, please visit the OFVC website at www.OFVC.ca

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International Haskap Berry Workshop, September 2020

International Haskap Berry Workshop 2020

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2019 ONSpecialtyCrops Evaluation Survey

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