2016 Webinar Series
GREENHOUSE Canada webinars will bring leading industry specialists “into” your boardroom or office via the Internet with timely information designed to help you grow better and/or increase sales opportunities. The sessions will be interactive, allowing you and your staff the opportunity to post questions to our experts during each presentation.
MARIJUANA – THE #1 PROFIT OPPORTUNITY FOR GREENHOUSE GROWERS IN THE NEXT DECADE
Date: May 19th, 2016
Sept 15th – SUCCESSION PLANNING – IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START
Greenhouse horticulture is well known for multi-generational farm operations, with often two generations – and sometimes three – working side-by-side.
Succession planning is essential to a smooth transition when retirements roll around, and this webinar will offer solid advice on how best to prepare.
Leading the session is Terry Betker, president and CEO of Backswath Management Inc., based in Manitoba.
Betker is recognized for his visionary and leading-edge contribution to farm management. He is the Canadian representative to the International Farm Management Association, and is also a founding member of Familybusiness.ag. He is a past president of the Canadian Consulting Agrologists Association, a past founding national director of the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, and a past director of the Canadian Farm Business Management Council.
Betker was appointed to a committee by the federal agriculture minister to review Business Risk Management program development and implementation.
Date: Sept 15, 2016
Time: 2pm EST
TIPS FOR THRIPS CONTROL: FROM PROPAGATION TO POCKETBOOK
Thrips are one of the most serious greenhouse pests, with an especially large host range that makes most greenhouse crops vulnerable. They readily develop resistance to pesticides, to the point where, in some countries, there are few or no effective pesticides available to control them. However there are a number of tools and resources growers can access, as the webinar will discuss.
Leading this presentation will be Dr. Sarah Jandricic, the floriculture IPM specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
A native of Southern Ontario, she has conducted research in greenhouse floriculture crops since 2003.
She got her start in greenhouse pest management during her masters degree at the University of Guelph. There, she tested the compatibility of the beneficial beetle Atheta coriaria with nematodes and soil-applied pesticides for fungus gnat control. Her research was partly funded by Flowers Canada (Ontario), and she served an internship there in 2004.
After her degree, she spent two years working for the Niagara-based pest management consulting company Eco Habitat Agri Services, collaborating with growers on research projects such as trap plants for Western flower thrips.
Sarah obtained her PhD from Cornell University in 2013, and has been working with OMAFRA since January 2015.