OMAFRA Welcomes Fruit Crop Specialist

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omafra-welcomes-erica-pateErica Pate was the successful candidate in the competition for Fruit Crop Specialist in the Agriculture Development Branch. She will be replacing Pam Fisher, long-time OMAFRA Berry Specialist. Erica will begin her new role on February 27, 2017 at the OMAFRA Resource Centre in Simcoe, ON.

Erica is currently the branch’s Direct Farm Marketing Specialist, where she works closely with Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers’ Markets

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REI (re-entry interval) signs available

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Danger Do Not Enter Until (REI sign)How do you inform farm workers, scouts and others about the Restricted Entry Interval (REI) of pesticides you use? The REI is the period of time after a pesticide has been applied that workers or anyone else must not do hand labour tasks in that treated area. One way to inform everyone of REIs is to post signs at any entrance into treated areas. In collaboration with government and industry leaders, the Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP) has available 2 designs of ready-to-use signs that growers can purchase to inform others to stay out of treated areas.

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Good Agriculture and Collection Practices (GACP) Training for Ginseng and Specialty Crop Growers

You grow ginseng or a specialty crop and have done so for years.  But if challenged can you prove your good work?   Good Agriculture and Collection Practices are a HACCP based On Farm Food Safety Program that was built by industry with the oversight of CFIA and AAFC. Continue reading

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Hop Sessions at 2017 OFVC

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingThis year the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) will be hosting two hop related session on Wednesday, February 22.

The first session will begin at 9:30 am in Room 204 of the Scotiabank Convention Centre and features four speakers focussing on current hop production and pest management topics: Continue reading

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Specialty Crop Content at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) will be held February 22 and 23, 2017 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls (www.ofvc.ca). There are many general and specific topics that may be of interest to specialty crop growers. Here some highlights for specialty crop growers: Continue reading

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Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention Highlights for Ginseng Growers

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held February 22 and 23, 2017 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. For details visit  www.ofvc.ca. In addition to the large trade show and a wide range of general and specific horticultural topics, this year there are a few sessions that will be of particular interest to ginseng growers including several soil and crop nutrition topics, soil pest management and nematode management. Continue reading

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Selling Food to Ontario Training Workshops

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sfto2Are you starting or growing a food business?

Learn how you as a producer or small processor can access new market channels at these one day workshops. Topics include market channel opportunities, basics of food regulations, costing and pricing your products for success, food packaging and labelling, getting your product listed, and food trends: consumer and industry expectations.

These workshops are targeted to producers and small processors who are looking to expand into new markets and sell to grocery stores, restaurants, food hubs, public institutions, etc.

The first workshop will be in Georgina, Thursday, February 2, and the second in Quinte West, Wednesday, March 1.

Additional workshop dates and locations will be scheduled for 2017.

For more information and to register for these or other upcoming workshops please visit: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/facts/sellingfoodwkshop.htm

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