Do you want to play a key role in supporting the competitiveness of Ontario’s greenhouse floriculture sector? If so, consider a temporary job opportunity to work as OMAFRA’s Greenhouse Floriculture Specialist for up to 12 months while Chevonne goes on maternity leave.
In this role, you will:
Act as the lead provincial specialist related to greenhouse floriculture production
Lead Ontario’s technology transfer activities through the development, coordination and implementation of strategies, policies and programs
Coordinate research and projects designed to assess the applicability of new and existing practices, products, technologies and programs to Ontario’s greenhouse floriculture production sector
Prepare educational and awareness building training and tools to facilitate change
Act as a liaison between the research community and industry
Manage contentious and high priority issues
Represent provincial and ministry interests on multidisciplinary working groups to develop provincial, national or international initiatives related to the greenhouse floriculture production sector
For more details, please see the job ad. Applications are due on September 1st, 2020.
Once again, Focus Greenhouse Management and Jeffery’s Greenhouse are partnering to bring us the 2019 Poinsettia Open House!
There will be presentations on pest management in poinsettia, troubleshooting production issues as well as plant growth regular trials. And, as always, there will be lots and lots of poinsettia varieties to look at!
Read on for more details including speakers and sales reps that will be present.
CleanFARMS will be offering its obsolete and unwanted pesticides collection campaign this fall.
This program allows farmers to bring in unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides, at no cost, to one of 27 collection sites for safe disposal at an approved waste management facility.
Note that these are single day programs, so you need to drop off at the assigned location on a specific day. For more information, and specific drop-off dates, you can see the Clean Farms Program poster.
For Niagara area growers, note that drop-offs will be accepted at Vineland Growers Co-op Jordan Station location on September 27, 2019.
A new, potentially serious plant virus – the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus – is moving through crops across Europe and the U.S. As this virus can affect both tomatoes, peppers, and potentially some floral hosts, OMAFRA is running information workshops in Niagara and Leamington to answer grower questions about potential threats to our industry.
Read on for a description of the virus and workshop dates.
Up until this point, most of Ontario floriculture growers (and me!) assumed the only pest thrips we were dealing with was Western flower thrips (besides Echinothrips in a few crops like gerbera and poinsettia).