Trudeau tours latest Lufa Farms greenhouse

Trudeau tours latest Lufa Farms greenhouse

March 25, 2017, Montreal – Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just completed its third highly automated rooftop greenhouse, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the guests to tour the new facility.

High returns expected from new OMAFRA funding

High returns expected from new OMAFRA funding

March 24, 2017 – Ontario’s greenhouse sector leaders are applauding the province’s latest investment in the sector’s productivity and innovation.

OGVG welcomes new provincial support

OGVG welcomes new provincial support

March 24, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – Greenhouse vegetable farmers in Ontario were happy to learn of the new Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative announced yesterday. The new initiative will help farmers compete with neighbouring regions.

Major funding for Ontario greenhouse sector

Major funding for Ontario greenhouse sector

March 23, 2017, Bowmanville, Ont. – Ontario is enhancing the competitiveness of its greenhouse sector by supporting the development of innovative new technologies, encouraging investments in greenhouse agriculture and boosting productivity.

New website for National Garden Bureau

New website for National Garden Bureau

March 23, 2017, Downers Grove, IL – National Garden Bureau, the non-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to marketing the horticulture industry, is pleased to announce the launch of a newly redesigned, consumer-focused website at www.ngb.org.

Feb. 21, 2017, Victor, NY – MilStop® has been approved for use in Canada on greenhouse and field strawberries, as well as artichokes.The PMRA approved the User Requested Minor Use Label Expansion (URMULE) in early February and an updated label is available on the PMRA web site.MilStop is an OMRI Listed contact foliar biofungicide from BioWorks for the control/suppression of powdery mildew. It fully dissolves in water, leaves no residue and dries quickly with a four-hour REI.“MilStop is an important tool for many of our growers in Canada,” said Joe Gionta, director of marketing and sales. “This label expansion is critical for growers who use biopesticides to fight resistance and reduce chemical use. New customers can now discover what existing customers already know, that MilStop is an excellent choice for disease control.” ABOUT BIOWORKS BioWorks provides reliable, environmentally responsible, personalized solutions to growers, farmers and superintendents who manage plant/turf diseases, pests, nutrition and health. For more than 20 years BioWorks has been helping our customers in the horticulture, agriculture and turf markets develop effective and efficient custom programs using products that are safe and proven. We are continuously reinventing the way our customers work by providing biologically based, integrated, safe solutions and programs. BioWorks is a founding member of the BioPesticide Industry Alliance and also a proud sponsor of the AFE scholarship program, funding the ‘BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship’. For more information, please visit www.bioworksinc.com.
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Feb. 15, 2017 – Stärke Material Handling Group has introduced its Continuous Stability System as a standard feature across its LiftMaxx line of industrial lift equipment.
Jan. 23, 2017 – Rittenhouse introduces the PotWheelz pot truck. Specifically designed for large containers (up to 21 inches in diameter) and smaller rootballs, the PotWheelz can handle loads up to 400 lbs.
January 2017 – Striking foliage with large double blooms of cherry pink make Geranium ‘Brocade Cherry Night,’ from Dummen Orange, an All-America Selections winner this year.
Dec. 12, 2016, Kent, Ohio – Oasis® Grower Solutions has a new portfolio of technologies that support the plant along its lifecycle to ensure stronger, healthier outcomes.
December 2016 – Available exclusively from Emerald Coast Growers, Calamagrostis ‘Hello Spring!’™ offers a cheery greeting with its beautiful variegated form.
December 2016 – Miscanthus Scout™ (‘M77’) PPAF presented by Emerald Coast Growers salutes gardens with slender green blades and white midribs that take on spectacular fall colour.
December 2016 – Stokesia ‘Blue Frills’ (USPPAF) features loads of 2.5-3” free-flowering, electric violet blue blooms. The vase-shaped flower canopy is fuller than ‘Peachie’s Pick,’ with great flower display above the foliage.
December 2016 – A contemporary take on a popular classic, Coleus ‘Main Street Michigan Avenue’ from Dümmen Orange will hold its colour even under high light conditions.
December 2016 – Glamorous is the perfect way to describe this new beauty. Its fuchsia pink blooms provide gorgeous colour as early as Week 7, continuing into fall without deadheading.
December 2016 – Meet your new go-to plant for designer combinations.
March April 2017 – While the benefits of diffuse light for plants in the greenhouse have long been proven, recent research reveals that the quality of diffuse light is also an important factor in plant quality and productivity.
March April 2017 – Curtain systems are an integral part of climate control for many greenhouse growers, yet there are still numerous greenhouses not using this valuable tool effectively, or even at all. The main function of greenhouse curtains are shading and energy savings, however a good curtain can be valuable for controlling the greenhouse environment in other ways as well. Proper climate control is the result of integrating various systems, and no addition to your greenhouse should be addressed in isolation.
March April 2017 – The need to grow food in the North remains strong, and new high-tech innovations are on the cusp of making large amounts of local greenhouse-grown food a reality.
March 6, 2017, Vancouver – Affinor Growers will showcase its growing technology at the BCTECH Summit on March 14 and 15, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and in partnership with University of Fraser Valley.
March 1, 2017, Saskatoon – Philips Lighting has completed the installation of Philips GreenPower LED production modules at Ecobain Gardens, the largest commercial vertical farm operation in Canada.
Feb. 24, 2016, Fort Collins, CO – Colorado State University (CSU) and the horticulture LED lighting group from Philips Lighting recently collaborated to host the first ever LED Horticulture Lighting Research Summit.
Jan. 25, 2017, Lynden, Ont. – Greenbelt Microgreens is modernizing a new 3.5-acre greenhouse facility with state-of-the-art technology, assisted with funding of up to $640,585 from the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program.
February 2017 – I don’t very often check out the business section of the BBC News page, but a recent headline caught my eye. “In the not-too-distant future, our fields could be tilled, sown, tended and harvested entirely by fleets of co-operating autonomous machines by land and air.”1
February 2017 – Growing vegetables in winter using supplemental lights is on the increase in Canada. Alberta currently has over 30 acres under lights for winter production of cucumbers and some tomatoes. Growers are experimenting with peppers as well.
February 2017 – It’s not a question of “if” you’ll automate more of your crop production processes. It’s only a question of  “when.”
Jan. 15, 2017, East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University researchers and AmericanHort have teamed up to offer a one-day, face-to-face program to help growers learn the latest advancements, advantages, and insider tips on…
January 2017 – As one of several plant specialists on the Philips Lighting horticulture global team, I regularly talk with growers abfout the benefits of using LEDs in their greenhouses. Often growers comment to me that LEDs are too expensive or that the technology is too new or that LEDs haven’t been proven to work.
March April 2017 – At this time of year, the two-spotted spider mite makes its very predictable appearance in greenhouse crops. Despite our familiarity with this pest, it continues to challenge us.
March April 2017 – I write this a couple of weeks before his inauguration, and president-elect Donald Trump is in process of picking his cabinet. He’s done Education, Transport, Energy and, of course, all the military/security positions. In fact, he’s done all cabinet and senior advisory positions except for two. Right, he’s down to the last two and at this point, and he’s not appointed anyone to hold the Agriculture portfolio.1 (In case you’re wondering, the only other outstanding vacancy is Secretary for ‘Veterans Affairs’.) Firearms before food is such an interesting concept, don’t you think?
March April 2017 – Writing about root zones for greenhouse crops has been an important subject for me and I have written a number of articles on this subject in Greenhouse Canada.
August 2016, St. Catharines, Ont. – Dr. Michael Brownbridge is the research director in Horticultural Production Systems at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. He was a featured speaker at Grower Day 2016, discussing the various resources in the growers' IPM toolkit.
August 2016, St. Catharines, Ont. – Bill MacDonald is a full-time professor in the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies at Niagara College. He was a featured presenter at Grower Day 2016. He discussed the effectiveness of biostimulants with greenhouse crops, offering a timely update on these new crop management tools.
Feb. 23, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – A high-tech form of insect birth control connected to nuclear power could solve a devastating pest problem for Ontario farmers, says a University of Guelph researcher.
Jan. 26, 2017, Kingsville, Ont. – Kam’s Growers Supply Inc. has expanded with a distribution centre now operating in Kingsville.
Jan. 23, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – The Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Funding Assistance Program for producers is moving into the final year of its funding framework.
February 2017 – During early season, greenhouse crops are often considered as simple ecosystems with low biodiversity. Particularly, crops in modern greenhouses appear sterile compared to outdoor crops and this is because plants are grown on hydroponic systems in a closed environment.
February 2017 – A major conference on the use of biological control in greenhouses is coming to Niagara in June.
Dec. 22, 2016, Cambridge, U.K. – Plant scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that the cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) alters gene expression in the tomato plants it infects, causing changes to airborne chemicals – the scent – emitted by the plants.
Dec. 14, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Belchim Crop Protection NV of Belgium is the new majority shareholder in Engage Agro Corporation, based in Ontario.
March 19, 2017, Mississauga, Ont. – Seasonal workers from five Caribbean countries and Mexico have already begun arriving on Ontario fruit and vegetable farms as a supplement to local labour for the upcoming growing season.
March 16, 2017, Toronto – Taking a stroll through the feature gardens in Canada Blooms this year, the presence of water is unmistakable.
March April 2017 – Questioning whether social media and mobile marketing should be part of your plan? Consider this: the average user spends 50 minutes a day on Facebook – almost an hour! Social media is becoming part of our natural lives – we’re willing to devote a crucial hour to it, even after working 8+ hours and spending time with our families and friends.
March April 2017 – A pair of longtime industry volunteers have been honoured by Flowers Canada Ontario during presentations at this year’s AGM.
March April 2017 – The gap between labour demand and the domestic workforce in agriculture has doubled from 30,000 to 59,000 in the past 10 years and projections indicate that by 2025, the Canadian agri-workforce could be short workers for 114,000 jobs.
March April 2017 – Within a five-minute drive from my home in a medium-size (90,000 residents) city in southwestern Ontario there are three major grocery retailers, a couple of specialty food shops and about 30 restaurants.
March 9, 2016, Kingsville, Ont. – Eight years and counting! Mastronardi Produce is celebrating its eighth consecutive year of being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
Feb. 27, 2017 – Proven Winners® has launched an all-new flagship video as a key element of their consumer marketing campaign for 2017. Posted on the Proven Winners ColorChoice® Facebook page the video has been viewed over 700,000 times in just two weeks.Produced by Fairly Painless Advertising based in Holland, Michigan, the consumer-focused video puts the viewer directly in the shoes of someone planting a garden, inspiring them to create their own spaces using flowering shrubs.  The video helps consumers understand that Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs are unique, colourful, and easy to grow. It conveys a message of confidence, that gardening can be a fun and creative, and that every garden is a reflection of an individual’s personal style. “Our main goal for creating this new video is to build confidence and to share the message that Proven Winners varieties break the traditional paradigm that shrubs are dull, green and unmemorable,” said Tim Wood, product development and marketing manager for Proven Winners ColorChoice. “With over 270 unique shrubs in the ColorChoice line, retailers can create a customized Proven Winners program tailored for their climate and clientele.”The video features many unique shrubs including: 'Aphrodite' sweetshrub, Sonic Bloom® Pearl reblooming weigela, Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip Jr.' dwarf butterfly bush, Let's Dance® Big Easy® reblooming hydrangea, Invincibelle® Spirit II hydrangea, Oso Easy® carefree roses, Sprinter® boxwood, Sugar Shack® buttonbush, 'Sweet Summer Love' fragrant clematis and Lavender Chiffon® rose of Sharon.ABOUT PROVEN WINNERS COLOURCHOICEProven Winners® ColorChoice®is the brand name of Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc., a market leader in flowering shrubs, potted liners, and starter plants. Located in Grand Haven, Michigan, Spring Meadow Nursery has over 500 varieties in their catalogue, including over 240 varieties marketed under the Proven Winners ColorChoice brand, including Incrediball®hydrangea, Lo & Behold® butterfly bush, Bloomerang®reblooming lilac, and ‘Sweet Summer Love’ clematis. For more information, visit www.ProvenWinners-Shrubs.com and www.SpringMeadowNursery.com.
Feb. 9, 2017, Vancouver – Village Farms International Inc. has been named to the 2017 OTCQX® Best 50, a ranking of top performing companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market last year.
Feb.  9, 2017, Toronto – Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show your lover, family or friend just how special they are.
Jan. 19, 2017, Jordan, Ont. – John Valk has added another accolade to his already highly distinguished career in greenhouse horticulture.
Jan. 18, 2017, Jordan, Ont. – A long-time volunteer has received this year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award from Flowers Canada Ontario.
March 16, 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – With the Ontario government’s cap and trade program now in effect, many greenhouse growers in the province are quickly discovering the high cost of fighting climate change. To some, that cost appears unsustainably high.
March April 2017 – Spring is a time of hope and renewed energy with longer days of sunshine and warmer weather. It is also a great time to reflect on how energy costs in the past months have impacted your bottom line, and to work with your team to make your greenhouse more cost-effective for the year to come.
March 10, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – Ontario farmers can finally expect some relief with lower electricity bills on the way.
Nov. 25, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Affordable energy is a serious issue in Ontario. Rural Ontario is the hardest hit by energy inflation with most businesses, residents and farms relying on electricity, propane or heating oil to support their way of life.
Nov. 7, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – The need for natural gas across rural Ontario is a top priority for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and rural municipalities.
November 2016 – Greenhouses provide vegetable and flower growers with the ability to control all the inputs needed to yield healthy, plentiful crops. In a greenhouse, growers can tailor the amount of light, CO2, moisture, heat and cold, and other variables in order to improve both the quality and quantity of their production.
June 2016 – If it’s true that each food unit we consume now takes about 10 units of carbon energy to produce, then perhaps the food system is broken. Surely it does not make sense to use more energy to produce something than we can get back out of it in useful food energy. What options do we have?
June 2016 – In our August edition last year we presented an overview of a few of the new alternative energy projects across the country. This year, we have more exciting news to share, along with some recent updates.
Oct. 1, 2015, Moberly Lake, B.C. – The Saulteau First Nations are replacing a plant nursery’s propane heating with a biomass heating system, with funding support of $150,000 from B.C.’s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund.
June 23, 2015, Windsor — Greenhouse operators in the Windsor-Essex Region will reduce their electricity costs and expand their production by taking advantage of electricity programs offered by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
Juned 2015 – This month we carry on the theme looking at alternative energy options, now considering potential “free” energy opportunities.
June 2015 – Natural gas prices may have dipped the past few years, but there’s still considerable interest in biomass heating.
March 23, 2017, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has announced the licensing of additional facilities at its flagship Smiths Falls campus, including new grow rooms that will increase flowering space by 50 per cent.
March 9, 2017, Whistler, B.C. – Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp (WMMC), Canada’s only 100 per cent certified organic producer of medical cannabis licensed under Health Canada’s Access to Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), is preparing for a 65,000-square-foot expansion.
March 7, 2017, Vancouver – Future Harvest Development Ltd. has generated $1.578 million in revenue for the eight months ending Feb. 28, 2017, with a gross margin of $807,846, representing a 51 per cent gross margin compared to the same period in the prior year gross margin of $617,779, and a 39.6 per cent margin.
Feb. 23, 2017, London, U.K – A fruit and vegetable intake above five-a-day shows major benefit in reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death.
Feb. 22, 2017, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has completed an intensive process of sourcing a diverse genetic seed bank and legally importing it into Canada.
Feb. 17, 2017 – Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is launching its annual “Always in Season” winter cucumber program today.
Jan. 24, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – Aphria Inc. is proceeding with a $137 million capital project, known internally as Part Four expansion.
February 2017 – In a similar article last year, a number of visitors’ favourites from an open house at the container trials at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) were presented.
February 2017 – Ontario growers who thought 2015 was a good year for the crop had a very pleasant surprise last fall, thanks to perfect weather conditions, excellent cuttings and minimal pest pressures. Retailers, too, were in a most festive mood.
Jan. 3, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – As a leader in Canada's medical cannabis industry, Canopy Growth Corporation wishes to offer the following commentary on the events of late 2016.
Dec. 20, 2016 – The Canadian government has released the November 2016 report that was filed in Ottawa by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation. This report contains the findings and official recommendations of the task force for establishing legal cannabis across Canada.
Dec. 19, 2016, Leamington, Ont. – Brothers Duffy and Jordan Kniaziew along with head grower Steve Stasko of Orangeline FarmsTM/Zing! Healthy FoodsTM have been awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence for their strawberries.

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