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Grower Day 'Synergy'

Discovering the Synergy of Perennials, Annuals and Shrubs is the theme of this year’s Greenhouse Canada Grower Day, being held June 18 at the Delhi German Hall in Delhi, Ontario.
May 9, 2008, Guelph, Ont. — Because agriculture is in a constant state of flux – some good times and some bad times – farmers have found benefit in having peer counselling services available, especially for the bad times.
May 7, 2008, Hamilton, Ont. — The explosive growth and urbanization of the Chinese economy has created opportunities in Canada in the field of agriculture and food production. China not only offers a huge potential market for Canadian agri-foods, but also has opportunities in the areas of agriculture education, research, development, production and agriculturally related life science events.
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Closer China-Canada industry ties
The explosive growth and urbanization of the Chinese economy has created opportunities in Canada in the field of agriculture and food production. 
May 6, 2008 - Six U.S. growers got a wake-up call this spring when they received orders to destroy their plants. The orders were not due to a plant disease or insect infection, but because they were caught illegally propagating and selling patented plants.
May 1, 2008 - In Hamilton, Ont., the rising cost of food is fueling the creation of community gardens. Proponents say that, in light of the food inflation predicted to hit Canada, the gardens may grow a safe, local, affordable food supply. | READ MORE
April 28, 2008, Guelph, Ont. – The University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) have renewed and improved their partnership. The $300-million agreement announced today (April 28) will further innovative research and education in agri-food, environmental sustainability, and animal and human health.
May 1, 2008 - In Hamilton, Ont., the rising cost of food is fueling the creation of community gardens. Proponents say that, in light of the food inflation predicted to hit Canada, the gardens may grow a safe, local, affordable food supply. | READ MORE
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Growers vote YES; now what?
Should the province approve certification for Ontario flower growers, what would you see as Flower Canada Ontario's priorities in tackling the major issues facing the industry today? Let us know what you think.
April 24, 2008, Ottawa - Retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.7 per cent in February, the first decline in five months and a sign that consumer spending may be slowing. Reuters Canada reports. | READ MORE
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Retail sales in 2008 unlikely to beat 2007
It was a good year for Canadian retailers, but 2008 will likely see sales soften according to the Retail Council of Canada. 
Apr. 23, 2008, Newark, Del. – With 70 per cent of floral retailers participating in Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) recent Valentine’s Day 2008 Floral Market Watch survey reporting they saw increased sales over last year, it’s safe to say that this year’s Valentine’s Day floral sales were “coming up roses.”
April 22, 2008, Toronto — CropLife Canada , the trade association representing Canada’s plant science industry, has expressed support in principle for Ontario’s new proposal aimed at ending the non-essential use of pesticides (lawn and garden pesticides), but urged that new legislation be founded on the weight of scientific evidence available globally.
April 22, 2008 - Today is Earth Day, an event celebrated across the world to raise awareness about the environment. Visit our blog to let us know what you're doing to celebrate! Check our our web exclusive section to read about what others are doing as well.

Make sure you let your customers know what you're doing to go green too! Visit about.com to read how you can enhance you're green marketing. | READ MORE
April 22, 2008 - Today marks Earth Day, an event that’s been celebrated around the world since the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970.

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