Last call for ‘Seven Habits of Successful Growers’ Last call! The latest in crop lighting strategies, water treatment systems and labour management strategies will be among the topics with Greenhouse Canada’s Grower Day on June 21. It’s all part of a “Seven Habits of Successful Growers” theme. Other topics include the keys to family business success, new age marketing, and mechanization/ efficiency ideas. There will also be a discussion of how to set the groundwork for continued business success in greenhouse growing through to 2025 … and beyond! Check out our mini trade show of leading industry suppliers – a great opportunity for one-stop shopping to help you grow more profitably and efficiently. Grower Day is again being held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Catharines Conference Centre. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and the talks begin at 9:15. Visit the microsite at www.greenhousecanada.com/grower-day for more information. FUNDING FOR QUEBEC AGRI-FOOD SECTOR Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (la Caisse) has outlined its strategy for Québec’s agri-food sector. It also announced the creation of a $125-million fund to invest in every segment of the sector’s value chain, targeting companies seeking to accelerate their growth and farmers who operate family businesses, and their successors. “This is a sector with strong growth potential for Québec. It has all that’s needed to succeed, both at home and in global markets, which are becoming increasingly competitive. “For la Caisse, it’s important that both today’s farmers and their successors, as well as companies in the processing, distribution and marketing segments, be well positioned to compete and face the challenges in this sector,” said Christian Dubé, executive vice-president, Québec at la Caisse. The agri-food sector adds close to $22 billion to Québec’s GDP. The sector accounts for approximately 500,000 jobs, and exports more than $7.5 billion. To further support projects in the agri-food sector, la Caisse has announced the creation of the Fonds agroalimentaire CDPQ. This $125-million fund will be used to make direct investments (between $1 million and $30 million) in every segment of the value chain, with farmers and in projects and SMEs. Investments in the agri-food sector will also be made through funds, in partnership with those active in the industry and other experts in targeted markets (between $5 million and $30 million). For more information, visit cdpq.com. BY THE NUMBERS 3.8% Percentage of greenhouse/ nursery operations among all Canadian farm types in 2006. (StatsCan) 7.95 GROWTH OF CANADA’S FARMLAND VALUES IN 2016. (Farm Credit Canada) $3.7B Value of greenhouse, nursery and sod industries in Canada in 2015. (StatsCan) $8.2B Dutch exports of flowers and plants set new sales record in 2016, up 3% from the previous year. (Royal FloraHolland) 3.3% Growth of greenhouse, nursery and sod industries in Canada from 2014 to 2015. (StatsCan) Lettuce sales in 2015 (StatsCan) 13.4% – Lettuce had the largest percentage sales increase among greenhouse vegetables $36M – Total value of greenhouse lettuce sales 68% Ontario’s share of cut flower sales in Canada. (StatsCan)
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