REMINDER: Last Chance to Register for March 2nd Greenhouse IPM 101 Workshop (Online)

Need a refresher on IPM for specific pests of floriculture? Want to see how Canada – a world leader in biological control in greenhouse crops – does things?

Then this all day workshop is for you!

Keep reading for the topics we’ll be covering, and how to register. This workshop is applicable to participants from the U.S. and other countries besides Canada.

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Greenhouse IPM 101 Workshop: ZOOM Edition

As we are still mid-pandemic, Eco Habitat’s annual hands-on IPM Workshop will look a bit different this year! 

Still your go-to resource for learning IPM basics, with the help of OMAFRA staff, it’s moving to Zoom!  

Keep reading for the topics we’ll be covering, and how to register.

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Worried About Access to Farm Labour? This Webinar Can Help.

Workers on a packing line in a greenhouse.

Access to migrant workers as a key source of Ontario’s agricultural labour is a current a source of worry for many growers, in light of the ongoing pandemic.

OFVGA and OMAFRA are joining forces to bring you 3 talks to update you on the situation and provide resources. So keep your calendars open on Feb 11th.

Pre-registration is required for this free webinar.

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Can We Reduce Pest Pressure in Floriculture by Adjusting Plant Nutrition?

Subirrigation in a dutch tray of gerbera plants

Producing high-quality ornamentals while decreasing pesticide use requires finding creative ways to reduce pests across your whole production system.

Are you interested in learning more about the role fertilizers and biostimulants can play in plant health — both in terms of plant quality and pest levels?

This upcoming and FREE webinar provides and overview of a current project between the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, OMAFRA and industry partners on this unique topic.

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Upcoming Webinars: Surviving Covid-19, Workplace Inspections and WSIB.

A farmworker, considered an essential worker under the current COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, wears a mask as he works at a flower farm Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Santa Paula, Calif. (April 2020)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Covid-19 is going anywhere in Spring 2021.

Given that it’s the upcoming busy season for floriculture operations and workers, here’s a look at some upcoming webinars related to Covid safety, worker compensation, and surviving as a business during Covid.

So keep your calendars open on Feb 2nd, 3rd, 10th and 17th! More information on these webinars and registration can be found below.

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Apply for Covid-19 Funding: Application Webinar on Feb 2nd.

Enhaced Worker Protection ProgramHave you applied for OMAFRA’s Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP), to help mitigate risks and costs from COVID??? If not, there’s still time!

Funding continues to be available until February 26th, 2021 on a first come, first serve basis. Funding up to $15,000 per farm is available for preventative health and safety measures.  Up to $100,000  is available per property for on-farm worker safety improvement programs.

Links to expenses covered under the EAWPP program are included in the post below. Additionally, OMAFRA is running a webinar on Feb 2nd, 2021 to help growers navigate applying for the different program categories. Keep reading for details. Continue reading “Apply for Covid-19 Funding: Application Webinar on Feb 2nd.”

Controlled Environment Technology Webinar Series – One to Watch!

The OMAFRA Greenhouse Vegetable Specialist is putting together an exciting webinar series on technology in controlled environments!

This series is relevant to anyone producing in controlled environments – from vegetables, to herbs, cannabis and flowers. The first webinar tackles Artificial Intelligence in these systems. Industry experts from Koidra and Blue Radix — two companies working with Ontario producers — cover integrating AI into production to improve automation, yield and reduce errors. This webinar covers each company‚Äôs approach to agricultural AI and provides answers to producer questions.

Details on the first installment of this webinar series can be found below.

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Upcoming Workshop: Greenhouse Energy Savings

Interested in learning the latest opportunities for energy savings in your floriculture greenhouse? Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG), the County of Essex, and Essex Region Conservation are hosting a workshop on January 26th to discuss energy savings in the greenhouse sector, with speakers from CI Energy Conservation, IESO, The University of Windsor, as well as ERCA and OGVG.

Read on for registration info, tentative agenda and an invitation from the organizers:

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