Columbus, OH – Dümmen Orange launches the search for candidates in the second year of the Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship.

Named for Dr. P. Allen Hammer and his contributions to the floriculture industry, the scholarship extends Dr. Hammer’s legacy by supporting the next generation of floriculture students.

The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one undergraduate student studying horticulture or floriculture at an accredited institution in Canada or the US. Candidates must demonstrate accomplishments in horticulture in one or more of the following areas: academic achievement, community involvement, or leadership.

The recipient will be announced in July during Cultivate.

Last year’s recipient, Michael Del Valle Jr., is a recent horticultural graduate at the University of Georgia. Michael was selected for his academic performance, floriculture experience, community involvement and career goals, all of which aligned with the intent of the scholarship. Upon graduating, he began working at the Atlanta Botanical Garden as an Assistant Horticulturist, and dreams of starting his own cut flower farm.

Applications for the 2018 award are due on June 15.

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About Dr. P. Allen Hammer

Dr. P. Allen Hammer served the floriculture industry through extension and research at Purdue University from 1973-2006, and at Dümmen Orange from 2006-present. At Purdue, he worked with Indiana growers to solve greenhouse production problems and to provide advice on floriculture issues. Dr. Hammer was the lead scientist on the National Poinsettia Trial, a joint effort between Purdue University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Florida, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, which provides research grants to university floriculture researchers. Dr. Hammer has trained outstanding graduate students who now hold key positions in floriculture at universities and in the private sector.

Following retirement from Purdue, Dr. Hammer continued to contribute to floriculture through product development and technical support as a member of the Dümmen Orange, North America team. Dr. Hammer works with growers across North America helping to optimize their production practices, troubleshoot, and align the optimal Dümmen Orange product for their programs.
Abbotsford, BC – Van Belle Nursery took home not one, but two awards at the International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards this year.

They were awarded Gold in the Young Plants category and Silver in Finished Plants - the first to win multiple categories in a single year.

Hosted by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) in Essen, Germany, the annual ceremony has recognized exceptional achievements in the horticultural industry since 2009. It takes place during IPM Essen, one of the world’s leading trade fairs for horticulture.

“We are truly honoured to win these awards despite fierce competition from very deserving nominees,” says President, Dave Van Belle. “It’s a humbling experience, and I have to say that we couldn’t have done it without the dedication of our incredible team.”

The British Columbia-based wholesale grower and propagator of ornamental plants was among eight other finalists from the Netherlands, Columbia, Israel and China.

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University of Colorado Boulder has received a $2.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a semi-translucent film that splits incoming sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light.

Under normal conditions, plants only use around 50 percent of incoming sunlight for photosynthesis while the remaining half goes unused.

This cost-efficient, greenhouse material will split incoming light and convert the rays from less-desired green wavelengths into more desirable red wavelengths, with no added electricity consumption. The inefficient infrared light can be redirected to power water purification. | READ MORE
While the Royal City was in a deep freeze over the Christmas holidays, former Guelph resident Matthew Bamsey was enjoying sunny skies and comparatively warm temperatures in Antarctica, where he has been working to set up the EDEN ISS greenhouse.

The multi-year project, which involves a consortium of 14 international partners, aims to test technologies that could be used to grow food in a harsh environment, simulating what it would be like to grow food, including strawberries, in space. | READ MORE
Canadian marijuana prices are tumbling as supplies rise, an indication that profits for producers in the soon-to-be-legal market may be slimmer than previously thought.

The average cost per gram fell 7.7 per cent in 2017 from a year earlier, the steepest drop in a decade, according to data published Thursday by Statistics Canada.

It’s not a lack of demand that’s driving prices lower. Spending on the drug has climbed by 6 per cent a year on average since 1961.

“Falling marijuana prices will indeed pose a challenge to producers,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Kenneth Shea. | READ MORE
More agricultural scientists, refurbished labs and multi-million dollar equipment were announced for the Harrington and Charlottetown research facilities in P.E.I. by federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay on Wednesday.

The investment includes $2.54 million for the expansion of the greenhouse research facility in Harrington, effectively doubling its capacity. | READ MORE

The first post-secondary program of its kind in the country, over 200 applicants are hoping to put their green thumbs to use this September, in a post-graduate pot-growing program at Niagara College prepared to accept only 24.

The college says they’ve also seen an increase in the number of applicants in the horticulture and greenhouse technician programs.

“People are understanding if they come and take a two year program as a greenhouse technician, that’s a really good pathway into cannabis as a third year.” | READ MORE
Jan. 19, 2018, Guelph, ON – Greenhouse research projects at the University of Guelph are about to get a little boost.

Winners of the Gryphon’s LAAIR (Leading to Accelerated Adoption of Innovative Research) program were announced at the institution’s innovation showcase.

Of the 15 winning proposals, two projects will target challenges faced by greenhouse growers with direct applications to greenhouse operations.

Cynthia Scott-Dupree and her research team will explore the use of radiation as a way to sterilize male pepper weevils, an insect that has been difficult to irradicate using traditional insecticides thanks to its developmental lifecycle inside the pepper.

Manjusri Misra and her team will build on their success with compostable coffee pods, developing products that will help reduce manual labour in the greenhouse production of tomatoes and other crops.

Similar to the TV show Dragon’s Den, U of G researchers must pitch ideas to a panel of industry leaders. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – U of G Partnership and Growing Forward 2, winners receive financial support of up to $125,000 plus assistance from leading collaborators of Ontario’s agri-food industry.

The university also announced “Accelerator Guelph” at the showcase, a new initiative that complements the LAAIR program, further helping U of G researchers commercialize their discoveries. The program will focus on four phases critical to the process: business planning, executive leadership training, finances and human resources.

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Jan. 19, 2018, Jordan, ON – With over 115 growers and industry professionals in attendance, Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. (FCO) made history at their 51st Annual General Meeting and Winter Event this year.

“This unprecedented attendance … was largely due to the interest by the Flowers Canada (Ontario) membership and other greenhouse personnel to hear Ms. Carol Vandenhoek, Managing Partner of Miller Thomson, address the significant changes brought about in Ontario employment law with the passage of Bill 148 and its significant impact on employer obligations,” confirmed Andrew Morse, FCO’s Executive Director.

Attendees were also brought up to speed on other key issues facing the industry.

John Gardner of Durward Jones Barkwell & Company discussed the financial implications of the new HR legislation and how the AgriStability program can help recover losses.  FCO's Water Specialist, Jeanine West, shared updates on the new Greenhouse Certification Training Program for exporting greenhouse-grown plants to the United States.

Attendees also caught a glimpse of the latest marketing initiative through FCO’s Marketing Director Dejan Kristan. Aptly named “Petals and Plates”, the program highlights Canadian flower production by holding a series of dinners in floral greenhouses and serving up locally sourced meals by local chefs.

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Ahead of Canada's legalization of recreational cannabis, a slew of partnerships are cropping up between greenhouse farms and medical cannabis companies.

Emerald Health Therapeutics is partnering with Village Farms in Delta, B.C.; Aphria has teamed up with southern Ontario's Double Diamond Farms; and Canopy Growth Corp. is taking over a 700,000-square-foot organic greenhouse in Mirabel, Que.

Growers are hopeful that cannabis will give them some reprieve from decades of dwindling margins. l READ MORE
Labour issues, both in availability and rising costs, were cited by all the experts we surveyed for this year’s State Of The Industry report.
Aphria announced a new effort called GrowCo, a joint effort between it and an Ontario greenhouse grower named Double Diamond Farms. The company said the deal would provide it with an extra 120,000 kg of annual cannabis production, meaning it expects to have 220,000 kg of production for sale by January, 2019, pending Health Canada approvals. | READ MORE
The greenhouse pepper industry, which is worth $275 million and is concentrated in Leamington, outside Windsor, Ont., was devastated last year by a tiny invasive pest called the pepper weevil.

Cam Lyons, in charge of hunting pests in NatureFresh Farms' 53 hectares of greenhouses, tried everything in his arsenal to control the weevils.

The stakes were high and the pressure was on. That's when he remembered hearing about dogs that are trained to sniff for bedbugs. If a dog could hunt and find those tiny crawlers, he thought, why not weevils? | READ MORE
The heat generated by more than 30 computers, which verify bitcoin transactions by solving cryptographic puzzles, helps warm nearby plants in a makeshift greenhouse.

To water the trays filled with lettuce, basil and sprouted barley fodder, Bruce Hardy, the owner of this 20,000-square-foot building in the Rural Municipality of St. Francois Xavier, clicks a button.

A pump waters the plants with waste water from tanks located on the first floor in which around 800 Arctic Char swim and breed. The waste water from the tanks is rich in nitrates, a great fertilizer for the plants upstairs. | READ MORE
Dec. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – While the holiday season brings joy and happiness to many, it can be a time of hardship for many families. The holiday season tends to be a time for reflection, when many people take time to lend a helping hand to those in need.

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