Dec. 8, 2009, Ottawa – Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture) Jean-Pierre Blackburn reported on his five-city, cross-Canada tour to meet with young farmers, agricultural academics and industry representatives and discuss farm succession issues. (Le français suit)
Dec. 4, 2009 – The issue of sustainability is continuing to evolve, and the greenhouse industry will be challenged to keep up with consumer expectations.
Dec. 4, 2009, Toronto – “Prosperity Partnerships and the Six Pillars of Business Success” is the theme of the educational sessions at this month’s Congress 2010.

'Prosperity Partnerships' and 'Business Success'
“Prosperity Partnerships and the Six Pillars of Business Success” is the theme of the educational sessions at this month’s Congress 2010.
Ever seen the Dragon’s Den program on TV? The essence of it is that inventors, or folks with great ideas or even a fledgling business that needs a cash injection, try to sell their genius “money-back-in-no-time” concept to a panel of highly successful investment experts for a (significant) cut of the spoils. Sometimes, they are annoyingly simple, “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas proposed by folks who clearly lack common sense. Sometimes, otherwise seemingly sensible, clear-thinking folks have just let an absolutely nutso idea get the better of their judgment.

Self-employed to get EI benefits

The Government of Canada has introduced the Fairness for the Self-Employed Act, legislation that would extend Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits to the self‑employed.
Oct. 22, 2009, Leamington, Ont. — This year’s 59th annual Bounty of the County trade show will be held Nov. 24-25 at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex.
Oct. 6, 2009, Thorold, Ont. — Growers, wholesale florists and industry suppliers are invited to register company profiles in the 2010 issue of the Ontario Greenhouse Growers’ Directory and Buyer’s Guide.
Next month’s Saskatchewan Green Trades Conference brings together the province’s commercial greenhouse growers, garden centre retailers, field vegetable producers, community planners, parks and recreation specialists, Communities in Bloom volunteers, florists and industry suppliers in one location. This is the largest conference and trade show of its kind in the province and is not only a chance for the industry to network but also an opportunity for professional development for these like-minded groups.
I am sure we can list more than 100 major changes that affect us directly without any effort. Many of these changes could be positive and others negative. The question is, how did we respond to these changes or, more importantly, did we respond at all?
Sept. 4, 2009, Amsterdam — FormFlex, a manufacturer of horticultural gutter systems in the Netherlands, is not participating in the HortiFair in the Netherlands this year and has decided instead to offer tours in the Demo Nursery from Oct. 10 to 17 (except Sunday, Oct. 11) with all of its specialists
July 31, 2009, Ottawa — Sales of greenhouse products declined 7.6 per cent from 2007 to $2.1 billion in 2008, as an increase in fruit and vegetable sales was more than offset by a drop in sales of flowers and plants.

July 17, 2009 — The MPS certification program has long been active in more than 50 countries, and there is now growing interest in North America.

Westbrook and Meyer Imports announce merger

Meyer Imports Limited and Westbrook Floral Ltd. are pleased to announce a product merger, which will take effect on Aug. 4, 2009.

A.M.A. adds California location
Reflecting growing demand, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. has opened an affiliated Ellepot production facility in Stockton, Calif.

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