Open House for Ontario Poinsettia Trials One of North America’s largest poinsettia trials is hosting an open house next month. The Ontario Poinsettia Trials will welcome growers and retailers on Nov. 22 from 10 to 3 (lunch provided) at Jeffery’s Greenhouses, Plant 2, located at 2411 Fourth Ave. in Jordan, Ont. The trials will compare growing habits, height and vigour, among other traits. On hand will be the technical representatives from each of the four companies participating in these trials. A short speaker program will cover propagation, growing on, finishing, pest control, and the varieties, along with a panel discussion. The trials coordinator is Melhem Sawaya of Focus Greenhouse Management. For more information, contact him at 519-427-8440 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information was included in a feature last month – “Ontario trials offer pointers on points” – that has also been posted greenhousecanada.com. BIG BOOST FOR FLOWER EXPORTS Canadian flower exports are getting a boost. Flowers Canada Growers is receiving $393,070 under the Growing Forward 2 AgriMarketing program. The investment will allow FCG to develop standardized training protocols for flower growers on Canada’s new export certification program for greenhouse-grown plants. This will ensure workers and managers understand and comply with the new program. The funding will also help FCG increase its market share domestically and internationally through various marketing activities. “Canadian flower growers, many of whom are family owned farms, continue to seek opportunities to grow their exports,” said FCG executive director Andrew Morse. “This assistance will play a critical role in helping Canadian farmers reach new markets, and grow the local economy.” Floriculture is an important part of the horticultural industry, with more than 1900 growers producing 28 per cent of the Canadian horticultural production. In 2016, ornamental product sales (including greenhouse flowers and plants, nursery products and sod products) to talled $2.3 billion. That includes $1.5 billion from greenhouse flower and plant sales (and resales). This non-repayable contribution will help FCG retain and expand their market, and boost exports to the United States, leading to good job creation as well as consumer access to a wide variety of competitively priced indoor plants and cut flowers in Canada. These investments are made through the the federal Growing Forward 2, AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, $341-million initiative. BY THE NUMBERS Percentage of people in 17-country survey (Canada included) that do gardening or yard work at least once a week. 24% people in 17-country survey (Canada included) that don’t garden. 23% of Canadians surveyed trust the government food inspection system. 93% Percentage of Canadians in a recent survey who know a little, very little or nothing at all about farming practices. 13% Percentage of Canadians believe Canadian food is amongst the most affordable in the world today. VS 69% Percentage of Canadians surveyed are concerned about the rising cost of food. 29% of Canadians surveyed believe farmers are good stewards of the environment. 46% of Canadians surveyed are concerned about the use of pesticides in crop production. $2.5 B Total operating expenses for Canadian greenhouse growers (2016).
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