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CHC launches On-Farm Certification Program
July 25, 2008, Ottawa — The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) has launched its On-Farm Food Safety (OFFS) Certification Program. Complete information for producers, storage intermediaries and packers interested in enrolling in the Program is available on the CHC website.
Bonzi a long-established industry performer
July 24, 2008 — Since it was first labelled for use on ornamentals in 1982, Bonzi plant growth regulator (PGR) from Syngenta Professional Products has long been regarded as one of the leading PGRs throughout the nursery and greenhouse industries. Through the years, Bonzi has been shown to consistently keep plants uniformly compact, hardy and well proportioned.
Sailing the seven seas with SUNSET support
July 18, 2008, Marina Del Ray, CA — While most North American teenagers are dreaming about baseball and video games, 16-year-old Zac Sunderland recently set sail to attempt to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe alone. Over the next 12 to 14 months, Sunderland will travel more than 65,000 kilometres on his own, diverting to port only 12 times to replenish supplies, which will include a popular line of greenhouse vegetables.
A warm Vineland welcome for Hoogendoorn
July 17, 2008, Vineland, Ont. — Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland Centre) has officially welcomed Hoogendoorn America Inc. (Hoogendoorn) as a new tenant of the Centre.
Minor Use control for Duponchelia fovealis approved
July 15, 2008, Guelph, Ont. — The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion for BIOPROTEC 3P Biological Insecticide for control of Duponchelia fovealis on greenhouse ornamentals, greenhouse herbs and greenhouse vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers for fruit or transplant production) in Canada.
More funding for floriculture research
July 10, 2008, Columbus, OH — As a final thankyou to the floriculture industry, the remaining funds from FloraStar ($36,318.50) will be donated to the American Floral Endowment (AFE) during this year’s OFA Short Course.
Calla lilies and gerbera topped this 'poll'
July 9, 2008, Toronto — The Ontario Legislature is used to polling, though June 24th featured a non-political topic. On that day, Pick Ontario partnered with Foodland Ontario to hand out cut flowers at Queen’s Park. The crowd favourites – unofficially, but nonetheless by a landslide – appeared to be calla lilies and gerbera daisies.
Several veg growers new launch association
July 8, 2008, Bellingham, WA — The North American Greenhouse/Hothouse Vegetable Growers (NAGHVG), an association formed after three years of research and review to protect and support superior standards of excellence in food safety and quality, has developed its own certification standards. The NAGHVG was founded by five leading North American greenhouse growers.
FlorverdeŽ growers recognized by GLOBALGAP
July 8, 2008, Bogota, Colombia — Florverde® has announced a significant milestone for both the organization and the flower industry in Colombia. GLOBALGAP (The Global Partnership for Good Agricultural Practice) has recognized Florverde’s socio-environmental practices with the GLOBALGAP international seal.
Poinsettia webinar: back by popular demand
July 8, 2008 — Ecke’s first webinar on Energy Efficient Poinsettia Culture, broadcast on July 2, was so successful it’s being offered again. Growers can register now for the July 23 presentation, which will be aired from 9-10 a.m. PDT.