September 12, 2008, La Malbaie, Qué. — Martin Desrochers, of Hydroserre Mirabel, was recently honoured with the 2008 Pillar of the Industry award by the Québec Produce Marketing Association. The award recognizes his involvement not only in the QPMA, but also in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC).
September 30, 2008, Toronto — One of North America’s largest greenhouse conferences is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and it’s doing it in style. The Canadian Greenhouse Conference, being held Oct. 8-9 at the Toronto International Centre, is marking the milestone with a pair of high profile speakers with timely messages for the agriculture community.
'Sustainability' was promoted as a major theme at this month’s Ohio Short Course, and it was, courtesy of a couple of sessions. But it was clearly overshadowed by a pair of other themes on the minds of growers.
I used to be indecisive. Now I’m just not so sure. At this time of year, many ornamentals growers are touring seed company variety trials or catching up on catalogues or with seed reps, trying to select varieties to grow next season.
Celebrating 40 years at its Unionville, Ont., location, Sheridan Nurseries has completed a major renovation at the Hwy 7 site including 13,000 square feet of new indoor retail space and expanding to eight acres of outdoor plant displays.
The greenhouse industry remains one of the brightest lights in Canadian agriculture, despite a not as glowing as usual annual report issued recently by Statistics Canada. During my dozen or so years with the magazine, the federal statistical agency has every year pointed to significant growth by this sector.
May 23, 2008, Columbus, OH — OFA – an Association of Floriculture Professionals will host its annual OFA Short Course from July 12-15. Totalling more than seven acres, this year’s trade show has more than 1,500 exhibit spaces.
May 9, 2008 - Small and mid-sized businesses in Canada are maintaining a cautious outlook to their futures. The Toronto Star reports the highlights from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) March 2008 survey. | READ MORE
Have you dropped the v-word lately? Probably you have, or you have heard someone around you say it. It is a common verbal remedy used by people trying to explain how to improve something – usually in the context of business. But at some point between the initial use of the word value and one’s attempt to translate it into a value-adding process, a blank is drawn.
The information age is rolling merrily along, and if you don’t keep up, you’ll miss the train completely
If you can’t beat them, join ‘em.  This is the philosophy that Marc Brockhausen, owner of Gardenland Garden Centre Inc. in southern Ontario, has incorporated into his approach when dealing with box store competition.
I always thought that the unspoken rule of thumb when it came to Christmas displays in a retail store was no sooner than November 1st.  The pumpkins and witches would then be replaced with poinsettias and elves.  Maybe this rule only applies to North America.
Shoplifting, which I’m sure you’re very well aware of, is theft of merchandise for sale in a retail establishment.  It’s one of the most common crimes that police and the courts in Canada deal with.
The debate over whether to ban the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes is a continuing saga, which doesn’t seem to have a foreseeable resolution in the near future.
Changes implemented by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) last year could be holding up your Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund. As a greenhouse operator, you may be expecting your GST refund from your expenses incurred early in the year. Having your refund delayed could cause cash flow interruptions. These changes also introduced punitive measures restricting the deductibility of penalties and interest.

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