Aug. 22, 2017, Olds, Alta. – The best in landscape horticulture was in the spotlight during the National Awards of Landscape Excellence reception.
Aug. 18, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – An estimated 185,000 Ontario jobs will be at risk from proposed changes to Bill 148, according to a new study by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.
Aug. 17, 2017, Vineland Station, Ont. – Part four in a six-part series. Slow release sachets contain predatory mites of all life stages mixed with bran and a food mite at high ratios (e.g., one predator to about 10 food mites).
Aug. 17, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – Those wishing to compete in the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition (Nov. 4 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair) are reminded that the deadline to register is Sept. 30 at midnight.
The topics for 2017 are:
• Working in agriculture is more than just farming.
• Does digital farming have a place in the future of Canadian agriculture?

• Farm gate to dinner plate: The importance of food traceability for Canadian consumers.

• How will we feed 9 billion people by 2050?

• Food waste: What is the global impact and who is responsible for making a change?
Competitors can easily register online and find information about accommodation assistance, rules and regulations, and more at

Each year the renowned public speaking competition is held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. The competition is open to youth ages 11 to 24 with a passion for agriculture whether raised on a farm, in the country or in the city.
Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture is a national, bilingual competition that gives participants an opportunity to share their opinions, concerns and solutions affecting the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industries in a five- to seven-minute prepared speech.
Since the first competition held at the Royal Winter Fair in honour of the International Year of the Youth in 1985, it has gone on to become the premier public speaking event in Canada for young people interested in agriculture, with more than 1000 participants over the last 32 years.
Aug. 16, 2017, Mississauga, Ont. – How important are foreign seasonal agricultural workers to Ontario?
Aug. 11, 2017, Dundas, Ont. – Every summer Ontario politicians are invited to an exclusive tour of an innovative Ontario farm with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA).
Aug. 10, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – Joe Sbrocchi will assume the general manager role at the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG), effective Sept 18.
Aug. 10, 2017, West Chicago, IL – Ball Horticultural Company is mourning the death of Francis Kwong, 65, from colon cancer on July 30.
August 2017 – While I have written about the growing media many times, I feel that there is a general lack of knowledge about the importance and techniques to use growing media design and inputs to change the direction of growth, vegetative or generative.
Aug. 9, 2017, Kuujjuaq, Que. – The waste-to-energy plant and northern commercial greenhouse pilot project, announced as part of the Government of Québec’s 2017-2018 Economic Plan, will be established in Kuujjuaq.
Aug. 8, 2017, Kingsville, Ont. – Mucci Farms will construct a large-scale, multi-year investment in Huron, Ohio.
Aug 8, 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – Do you know an outstanding young person in the industry?
August 2017 – Welcome to part 2 of our two-part series on this year’s California Spring Trials. As we noted last month in our introductory piece, touring CAST can be overwhelming. It was sensory overload, with so many new varieties to view, textures to touch and marketing ideas to marvel at, as we noted last month.
Aug. 4, 2017, Burnaby, B.C. – Simon Fraser University graduate student Oldooz Pooyanfar is monitoring what more than 20,000 honeybees housed in hives in a Cloverdale field are “saying” to each other – looking for clues about their health.
Aug 1, 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – Do you know an outstanding young person in the industry?

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