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OMAFRA, U of G ink new deal
April 28, 2008, Guelph, Ont. – The University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) have renewed and improved their partnership. The $300-million agreement announced today (April 28) will further innovative research and education in agri-food, environmental sustainability, and animal and human health.
Celebrating strong Valentine's Day sales
Apr. 23, 2008, Newark, Del. – With 70 per cent of floral retailers participating in Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) recent Valentine’s Day 2008 Floral Market Watch survey reporting they saw increased sales over last year, it’s safe to say that this year’s Valentine’s Day floral sales were “coming up roses.”
Ontario to ban cosmetic pesticides
April 22, 2008, Toronto — CropLife Canada , the trade association representing Canada’s plant science industry, has expressed support in principle for Ontario’s new proposal aimed at ending the non-essential use of pesticides (lawn and garden pesticides), but urged that new legislation be founded on the weight of scientific evidence available globally.
Acreage down in '07: StatsCan
April 18, 2008, Ottawa — After a long period of continuous growth that started in 1990, greenhouse expansion stalled in 2007, as operators had to adapt to the rising value of the Canadian dollar and higher labour and energy costs, according to the latest StatsCan survey.
Monsanto acquires De Ruiter Seeds
April 15, 2008, Bergschenhoek, the Netherlands — De Ruiter Seeds has been sold to Monsanto . With this acquisition, De Ruiter will become Monsanto’s “centre of excellence” for vegetable seeds in protected cultures.
AgCanada grant to BC veg sector
April 11, 2008, Delta, B.C. – The Government of Canada has awarded a $750,000 grant for the B.C. greenhouse vegetable industry as part of its commitment to providing farmers with the resources they need to improve their long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Ontario flower growers vote YES
April 3, 2008, Guelph, Ont. – The majority of Ontario’s greenhouse floriculture growers who participated in a recent vote support Flowers Canada (Ontario) being designated as their representative association and paying a mandatory licence fee to fund the organization.