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P. Ravensbergen & Sons (and grandsons) marked the milestone in style with an open house that attracted guests from as far away as the Netherlands. “I am sure my grandparents couldn’t have envisioned what the business would look like today after 50 years.”
“The combined strengths of ITML and the Myers brands create a well-positioned brand family to take on changing dynamics in the grower industry and evolving customer needs for innovative, value-added products,” said ITML president Ed Hensen.
Growers are checking new energy – and crop – alternatives to help them cope with a combination of production and market challenges.
Pete Hendriksen has been appointed North American sales manager for Hoogendoorn Growth Management North America.  Company director Peter van Duijn made the announcement earlier this fall.
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The 15th annual edition of the Ontario Greenhouse Growers’ Directory and Buyers’ Guide is being dedicated to the memory of Tony Thompson.  Mr. Thompson, a longtime horticultural business consultant with the Niagara Economic Development Corporation, passed away this past summer.
Sion, one of the world’s leading producers and breeders of phalaenopsis orchids has teamed up with CosMic Plants Inc. for the production and supply of rooted phalaenopsis young plants to the North American market.
Studies commissioned by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) show that retail sales of ‘Certified Organic’ food in Canada were worth more than $1 billion in 2006, and that consumers in British Columbia eat more organic food than consumers in other provinces.
T he food safety initiatives of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) have gained a global audience. An impressive two-minute video has been posted on the widely popular YouTube Internet site (www.youtube.com). 
The Institute for Sustainable Horticulture has established a Conservation Biological Control Trial Garden, or “Bug Garden,” at the Langley Campus of Kwantlen University College.
For the fifth year in a row, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. has contributed a portion of its Canadian sales of Al’s Flower Pouch to support the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada (BTFC).
F ireFly Energy is offering a new Green Program that will allow customers to reduce their environmental footprint. FireFly Energy is helping its natural gas customers become carbon-neutral by investing in initiatives that reduce carbon dioxide.
Seminis is now using the Monsanto facilities located in Chatham, Ontario, to distribute seed to Canadian greenhouse growers.
In June, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency published new compensation regulations to cover the losses of nursery producers, wholesale, retail, landscape and private property owners in cases where the CFIA ordered plants destroyed in the effort to eradicate Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum or Sudden Oak Death).
The “What’s New – Cool New Stuff Trial” is about to make its debut in and around the Niagara region of Ontario. This completely free event, being held Aug. 9-10, is sponsored by the Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation, Greenhouse Grower and Greenhouse Canada.

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