Great New Resource for This Field Season: Weed ID Guide for Ontario Crops

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Features over 120 species commonly found in and around agricultural fields, the Weed ID Guide for Ontario Crops is now available in the following formats:

These can be downloaded from the following website:

2017 Weed ID Guide 2

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OMAFRA IPM Scout Training Workshops for 2017

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These workshops are available for those who will be scouting horticultural crops this year.

To register, please contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.

Planning is underway for scout training workshops for hops, hazelnuts and berry crops. Details for these workshops will be provided soon.           

GENERAL

Introduction to IPM

  • May 2, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Conference Rm 1, 2 and 3, 1st Floor,1 Stone Rd. West, Guelph
  • Workshop Leader: Denise Beaton
  • Notes: Lunch on your own. Handouts provided. Pay parking ($12/day).

VEGETABLE CROPS

Tomatoes & Peppers

  • April 28, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.           
  • Room 126 (Main Floor), Agronomy Building, UofG Ridgetown Campus
  • Workshop Leader: Janice LeBoeuf
  • Notes: Lunch on your own. Handouts provided. See Resources for Vegetable Crop Scouts.

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Did you hear? We’ve made great improvements to the Agricultural Information Atlas!

By Jennifer Jarvis – Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Advisor, OMAFRA

We’re excited to let you know about the latest updates that we made to the Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA). What is the AIA? It’s the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA) free, easy-to-use online tool that can help you to:

  • Develop nutrient management strategies and plans
  • Plan tile drainage for your farm
  • Develop a farm sketch for Pest Assessment Reports and Bee Yard Registration and other government programs, including the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI)

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2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation

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Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation ExcellenceNow Accepting Applications for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program!

Have you developed and implemented a unique product or process that helps foster innovation in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector?  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)

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OMAFRA welcomes Travis Cranmer, Vegetable Crop Specialist

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OMAFRA Vegetable Specialist Travis CranmerOMAFRA’s newest Vegetable Crop Specialist, Travis Cranmer, joins the ministry from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, where he worked on applied and molecular research in plant biology. With OMAFRA, he will work with vegetable crops including bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chives, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks,  onions, shallots and spinach.

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Ontario Lavender Association AGM and Selling the Scent Workshop March 10, 2017

The Ontario Lavender Association AGM will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the OMAFRA headquarters at 1 Stone Road, Guelph.

Where: 1 Stone Road, Guelph Conference Room 3 (1st Floor)
When: Friday, March 10
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; registration starts at 9:30 am
Cost: $30 for members, $60 for non-members (lunch included)
Parking: $12 for the day at the OMAFRA building. Pay parking is available at the front of the building off of Stone Road and at the back of the building off of South Ring Road.

This year’s theme will be Selling the Scent – a workshop on essential oils, hydrosols and other methods of extracting the scent of lavender. These year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Lisa Duizer from the University of Guelph who will help members evaluate the scent of their essential oils. There will also be the opportunity to smell different oils and components. Members are encouraged to bring their own oils to the workshop.

Please RSVP before the event to Sean Westerveld by Wednesday, March 8 at sean.westerveld@ontario.ca so we have a sense of numbers.

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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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