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Industry quite upbeat at Congress 2015

Industry quite upbeat at Congress 2015

Jan. 23, 2015, Toronto — Crowds and suppliers were focused on the future at Congress, held earlier this month at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Cultivate’15 will welcome Master Nursery Garden Centers

Cultivate’15 will welcome Master Nursery Garden Centers

Jan. 21, 2015, Columbus, OH – Master Nursery Garden Centers will begin hosting its Eastern region gathering (formally known as the Conclave) this year at Cultivate’15 (July 11-14).

eGRO Webinar series continues with “PGRs”

eGRO Webinar series continues with “PGRs”

Jan. 19, 2015 – The eGRO Alert pre-season webinar series continues on Friday (Jan. 23) with a daylong series of presentations on PGRs.

Oct. 22, 2014 — Van Wingerden International started working with Biobest and biocontrol 15 years ago. Sam Newsome a grower at VWI is very familiar with the full array of biocontrol tools, including beneficial insects and mites, bio-insecticides, banker plants, etc.
October 2014 — Van Wingerden International started working with Biobest and biocontrol 15 years ago. Sam Newsome a grower at VWI is very familiar with the full array of biocontrol tools, including beneficial insects and mites, bio-insecticides, banker plants, etc.
September 2014 — The newest creation from PlaceTile designs is a beautiful green colour, made to resemble a gingko leaf.
September 2014 — The orchid garden combo arrangement from Sun Bulb Company is designed to instantly brighten any space.
September 2014 — The Garden365 Hanging Garden offers an easy vertical gardening solution for just about any space.
September 2014 — Mastronardi Produce has debuted its all-new packaging system: the Eco Flavour Bowl™.
Aug. 29, 2014, Beamsville, Ont. — One of the latest innovations in the horticultural sector has been developed by FormFlex/Metazet. 

Aug. 26, 2014 — Garden Decor Accents' new Charming Squirrel Bird Feeder mounts easily to any wooden surface.
Aug. 15, 2014 — Epicor has introduced a redesigned version of its popular retail business management software.
Aug. 15, 2014, Millgrove, Ont. — Nestled on 12 acres of land between Hamilton and Guelph, Singh Greenhouses is one of Ontario’s leading hydroponic English cucumber operations. There was only one issue holding back this budding operation: its hard groundwater source.
Aug. 11, 2014 – Arborjet's IMA-jet formulation is now available in Canada, offering a new tool to protect trees against emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle.
Jan. 16, 2015 — It’s not always easy to weigh the benefits of one company over the other when they all say the same thing online.
Dec. 17, 2014, Toronto — Ontario is making it easier for greenhouse growers to comply with regulation regarding the disposal of greenhouse nutrient feedwater by streamlining environmental compliance that will benefit farmers and enhance protection of the environment.
Dec. 9, 2014, West Lafayette, NY — Energy costs account for one of the largest expenses in commercial greenhouse production of annual bedding plants.
Commercial greenhouses are sophisticated operations that, today, are growing plants more efficiently than in previous generations through the use of new technologies that make better use of light and air.
Wouldn’t you know it? I’m asked to write this month on “water management” and there are rainfall warnings in effect in the Fraser Valley. North Vancouver is cleaning up after a night of heavy rain with six creeks overflowing, causing localized, but severe, flooding and property damage.
Nov. 20, 2014, Eindhoven, the Netherlands — When the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this October to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs), the prize committee declared LED lamps would light the 21st century.
Nov. 19, 2014, Durham, NH — Preliminary results of a University of New Hampshire research project investigating the potential cost savings of using heat pumps to heat and cool greenhouses suggest that heat pumps could substantially reduce heating oil consumption.
Nov. 6, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — Build it and they will come has long been known as a motivational statement to generate new ideas but for Nature Fresh™ Farms, building a mobile micro greenhouse and taking it to the general public has proven to be a consumer education success.
Nov. 3, 2014, Wageningen, the Netherlands — With the exception of energy consumption where there is still much to be done, the Dutch are global leaders in greenhouse horticulture.
Oct. 31, 2014, Guelph, Ont. — Reusable plastic containers for packaging of produce show troubling signs of being unsanitary, according to a University of Guelph study.
Oct. 30, 2014, West Lafayette, IN — Purdue University researchers’ success in using red and blue LEDs as the only source of light to grow ornamental plant seedlings indoors has led to a new phase of determining whether they can reduce production time with more colours.
It’s no exaggeration to say that LED lighting is poised to revolutionize greenhouse cultivation.
Jan. 14, 2015, Vineland, Ont. — Successful biocontrol programs are dependent on a number of factors, but good quality natural enemies are fundamental.
Dec. 10, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — Plant Products has welcomed four new staff members.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is always a “hot” topic.  Growers of vegetables, flowers and ornamentals are always interested in the new biocontrol agents being introduced.
Coleus is one the easiest plants for consumers to grow (and so VERY easy in commercial production), they provide season-long colour and sales and are tolerant of a wide variety of conditions, but the new cultivars that are reaching the market are far better than the old-fashioned types.
Dec. 9, 2014 — As a bedding plant grower, you prefer to grow the items that are most profitable. Unfortunately, the demand for that item could be limited. We can only grow items that are in demand and work to make them as profitable as possible.
Nov. 28, 2014, Vineland Station, Ont. — This is my last article with Greenhouse Canada (at least as an OMAFRA greenhouse IPM specialist).
Nov. 28, 2014, Surrey, B.C. — For some, urban agriculture (U.A.) is nothing more than the latest fashion trend. But is it more than that?
Nov. 28, 2014, Surrey, B.C. — As sustainability increasingly takes centre stage and consumers seek out more responsible choices in all aspects of their lives, growers are in turn exploring options in their production.
Nov. 27, 2014, Toronto — Ontario is taking action to strengthen bird, bee, butterfly and other pollinator health to ensure healthy ecosystems, a productive agricultural sector, and a strong economy.
Nov. 5, 2014, Loudon, N.H. – Pleasant View Gardens will no longer be using neonicotinoid insecticides in its liner production. “While data is conflicting as to neonicotinoids’ impact, we are sensitive to consumer awareness of their use,” says company president Henry Huntington. “We were actually using so few neonicotinoids in our production that the decision required very little change.” With an integrated IPM and scouting program in place, Pleasant View will be able to effectively keep any insect population under control using traditional practices. Additional existing efforts including the use of beneficial insects in ornamental grass production also go toward effective controls. “This is something we’re happy to do for our customers, to help them appeal to their customers,” says Huntington.
Three decades ago, I took a management course and one statement is still stuck in my mind.
When Gerard Schouwenaar, owner of Orchard Park Growers in St. Catharines, Ont., first approached lending institutions to expand his business in the late 1980s, he recalls it being a fairly informal process.
It’s an exciting time to be a greenhouse owner in Canada, but it’s also certainly a challenging time. Things like electricity prices and labour availability will need a continued close watch. At the same time, the use of exciting new technologies and energy collaborations are spreading, while demand for local products is growing.
Welcome to 2015 and another year of challenges and opportunities in Canadian greenhouse horticulture – hopefully more of the latter than the former.
Nov. 28, 2014 — Many growers and retailers think of poinsettias as a commodity with rather high production costs and low margins with little to no room for error. Still, it is one of the most important and largest indoor flowering pot plant crops.
Nov. 28, 2014, Edmonton — Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza, a longtime greenhouse researcher and resource for Alberta greenhouse growers, has been inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Nov. 21, 2014, Winnipeg  — The Agri-food Management Institute (AMI), in partnership with Farm Management Canada (FMC), launched a toolkit today to help farmers identify and manage business risks.
Nov. 14, 2014, Edmonton — Ottawa is providing $2.3 million to the Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance for a national research cluster to help address the industry’s top priorities.
Le texte français suit le texte anglaisNov. 14, 2014, Ottawa — The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) has initiated a research project to identify and validate four critical roles that span all commodities within agriculture to clarify skill requirements and assist stakeholders in addressing the skills and labour shortages facing agriculture now and in the future.
The Canadian Greenhouse Conference is definitely on a roll, given this year’s sold-out pre-conference bus tour and trade show. There were few, if any, empty seats during the keynote presentation by Sonja Dümmen, marketing manager for the Dümmen Group.
Nov. 11, 2014, Toronto — After a long and dreary Canadian winter, the burst of colour that comes with spring is most welcome.
See the highlights from the 2014 Canadian Greenhouse Conference in our latest video!
Nov. 28, 2014, Toronto — Truly Green Farms has been named one of three Leaders In Innovation with this year’s Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program.
June 27, 2014, Surrey, B.C. — At the time of this writing, agricultural practitioners and land developers, together with oil and natural gas pipeline proponents and residents of B.C. are debating and defending (or not defending, as the case may be) the merits of “Bill 24 – 2014, Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act.”
June 27, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — This past winter has been a tough one for Ontario greenhouse operators.
Jan. 1, 2014, Toronto — The Ontario government gave its greenhouse industry an early Christmas present. The gift was neatly wrapped up in the government’s Long Term Energy Plan, released Dec. 2.
Sept. 3, 2013, Leamington, Ont. – New Energy Farms is hosting a demonstration of leading technologies for the establishment of fuel, feed and fibre crops using CEEDS™ technology.
Eating tomatoes grown near a landfill site may not initially sound appetizing, but it could be the most eco-friendly way to enjoy local tomatoes all year round.
My wife and I were recently ordering food in a restaurant in Entebbe. Well, she was ordering in the “restaurant.”
Culinary students at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are getting a lesson in what fresh fruits, veggies and herbs look like before they make it into the kitchen, courtesy of a tiny high-tech greenhouse.
An abundant supply of natural gas, combined with historically low prices, holds the key to a bright future for Canada - but only if challenges are overcome and opportunities seized.
Winners have been announced in the Big Green Greenhouse Design Competition, which challenged people from around the world to create a 3,000 square foot greenhouse meeting the Living Building Challenge guidelines.
Natural gas pricing is always subject to the elements. At this time of year in particular, traders and market participants are considering the Atlantic hurricane season a serious risk factor for supply – and prices.  
Jan. 19, 2015 – The eGRO Alert pre-season webinar series continues on Friday (Jan. 23) with a daylong series of presentations on PGRs.
Jan. 9, 2015, Vineland, Ont. — Imagine greenhouse tomatoes and peppers that look and taste great, grow well, and are disease-resistant too.
Jan. 5, 2015, Smiths Falls, Ont. — Tweed Farms Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tweed Marijuana Inc., has obtained a licence renewal for the cultivation of medical marijuana at its facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Dec. 18, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) elected five directors to the board for the 2014 – 2015 year during their annual general meeting.
Dec. 18, 2014, West Chicago — PanAmerican Seed is celebrating a 2015 All-America Selections national award for Herb Basil Dolce Fresca. This win continues the company’s national recognition for high-quality vegetable and herb breeding.
Dec. 18, 2014, Montreal — Affinor Growers  has closed the Definitive Agreement of the previously announced Letter of Intent with North Country Natural Solutions LLC and Iroquois Consulting Group LLC in New York State.
Dec., 15, 2014, Ste-Sophie, Que. – Stéphane Roy, president and CEO of Serres Sagami, has just entered into an agreement with Farm Credit Canada in order to take over the production of greenhouse tomatoes at Serres Lacoste, located in Les Éboulements in the Charlevoix region.
At the recent Perennial Plant Association Symposium in Cincinnati, Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery described this current moment in horticulture as a new “Victorian Age” because of the sheer volume of new introductions produced by the industry every year in perennials, shrubs and edibles.
Dec. 2, 2014, West Chicago — The GrowIt! Garden Socially app has been recognized as a Gold Winner in the Home & Garden market category for the design100 2014 US Mobile & App Design Awards.
Dec. 2, 2014, Davis, CA — High-tech genomics and traditional Chinese medicine come together as researchers identify the genes responsible for the intense bitter taste of wild cucumbers.
Nov. 21, 2014, Dublin, Virginia – Red Sun Farms welcomed over 225 guests here at the official opening of first phase of its newest state of the art greenhouse.

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