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2021 LMHIA Horticultural Growers’ Short Course goes online


January 25, 2021
By Greta Chiu

The LMHIA Horticultural Growers’ Short Course goes online this week.

“As we pivot to an online session format, this year gives us an opportunity to bring speakers from a much broader range of locations,” says the website.

Held in conjunction with the B.C.-based Pacific Agriculture Show, which has also turned virtual for 2021, the short course will be running Jan. 28 to Jan. 30.

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For greenhouse operators, here are some sessions that may be of interest.

Thurs Jan. 28, 8 to 10 am (PST): Greenhouse vegetables:

  • 8:00-8:40 Potential of Optical Radiation in Management of Powdery Mildews*
    Suthaparan Aruppillai, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway
  • 8:40-9:10 Safety Culture: Why You Should Want It and How to Get It
    Wendy Bennett, AgSafe, Langley, BC
  • 9:10-9:50 How Growers Need to Adapt to Satisfy Retailers and Consumers in a COVID-19 World
    Peter Chapman, SKU Food, Hammond Plains, NS

Thurs Jan. 28, 3:15 to 5:15 pm (PST): Labour

  • 3:15-3:45 AgStream and SAWP – What is the Difference?
    Veronica Moreno, Western Agriculture Labour Initiative, Abbotsford, BC
  • 3:45-4:15 Best Practices for Hiring Local
    Jennifer Wright, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, Ottawa, ON
  • 4:15-4:45 Managing Labour – Recruitment and Retention Strategies That Work for a BC Nursery
    Stan Vander Waal, Rainbow Greenhouses Inc., Chilliwack, BC

Fri. Jan. 28, 1 to 3pm (PST): Cannatech part 1

  • 1:00-1:40 Pre- and Post-Harvest Practices to Reduce Microbial Loads
    Av Singh, PhD; PAg., Greenstar Plant Products, Wolfville, NS
  • 1:40-2:10 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Practices for Indoor and Outdoor Cannabis Production
    Anoo Solomon, CannaProtect IPM Solutions, Ridgeway, ON
  • 2:10-2:20 Trial Results and Update on the Use of Predators Against Cannabis Aphid (Phorodon cannabis)
    Amanda Brown, BioBest Canada Ltd., Vancouver BC
  • 2:20-3:00 Overview of Emerging Cannabis Pathogens
    Zamir K. Punja, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Sat. Jan. 30, 1 to 3 pm (PST): Cannatech part 2

  • 1:00-1:40 The Cannabis Quality-Assurance Landscape
    Liam Polsky, Elevated Signals, Vancouver, BC
  • 1:40-2:20 Irrigation Sanitation Measures and Nutrient Management in Cannabis Production
    Thamy Sriskandakumar, Harvest Miracle BioLabs, Vancouver, BC
  • 2:20-3:00 Cannabis Plant Genetics
    Speaker TBA

Sat. Jan. 30, 1 to 3pm (PST): Floriculture

  • 1:00-1:30 Successful Management of Thrips Species in Floriculture Crops: Tools, Tips, and Pitfalls
    Sarah Jandricic, OMAFRA, Vineland, ON 
  • 1:30–2:05 Hungry for More Info on Managing Nutrients?
    Neil Mattson, Cornell University, NY
  • 2:05-2:40 COVID 19 has Changed the Market Dynamics of the Floriculture Industry and What the Future Holds
    Brian Minter, Horticulturalist, Chilliwack, BC
  • 2:40-3:00 Japanese Beetle – Status in BC
    Tracy Hueppelsheuser, BCAGRI, Abbotsford, BC

The short course has been run by the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association since 1958. Funds raised are used to support agricultural research projects.

To register, visit the short course website.

An all-access pass to the Pacific Agriculture Show with short course registration is $130 CAD.

Virtual show access to the Pacific Agriculture Show only is free, which includes the exhibit hall, ag innovation forum, Farm Business Management Session and the Agriculture Water Management Session, and the BC Agri-Food Industry Gala.

Hosted by the BC Agriculture Council, the Gala will feature an address from federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, BC Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham and BCAC President, Stan Vander Waal.

Taking place at 5:30 p.m., the Gala will also include its annual awards ceremony and online silent auction fundraiser for BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.