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Federal government announces $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker

To help with the 14-day isolation period, $1,500 in financial support will be allocated to each temporary foreign worker arriving from abroad, and will be given to their employers.

Upcoming COVID webinars for greenhouse protocols and retail solutions

Don’t miss two upcoming webinars this week and the next: the first on greenhouse workplace and isolation protocols, and the second on new retail solutions. Register now.

Temporary foreign workers eligible for EI or CERB

Employment and Social Development Canada has confirmed that temporary foreign workers can be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
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WEBINAR: COVID-19 protocols in the greenhouse

From physical distancing and self-isolation to employee absences, learn how you can create a clean, safe, and accepting environment for greenhouse workers and colleagues amid COVID-19 concerns.

Featuring: Jennifer Wright, Senior HR Advisor and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist,
Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC)

Joined by: Stefan Larrass, Policy Advisor, Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association

April 16, 2020 @ 2pm (ET) – Register now to attend (or for recording) Learn More
Featured News 
Feature 1

Calibration: Getting your pH and EC on point

With all of the activity in the greenhouse, it is easy to forget the basics. The measurements you take with your meters are only as good as the calibration. Remember that pH is based on a logarithmic scale, so a pH of 6.0 is 10 times more basic than a pH of 5.0. What appears to be small shifts in pH are actually larger than you might think and may quickly affect the nutrient uptake of your plants.  » Learn more
Feature 2

Floral attraction in the gardens

Ever wonder how new varieties do in real-world weather conditions? Recent varieties and IDM-resistant impatiens were put to the test. Here were noteworthy highlights from trial garden manager, Rodger Tschanz, based on his observations and crowd-voted favourites from three container and landscape trials in Ontario. » Learn more
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As the sustainable agriculture movement has grown, there has been a dramatic increase in the production of horticultural crops in greenhouses worldwide. Although there are numerous publications associated with pest management in greenhouses, Greenhouse Pest Management is the first comprehensive book on managing greenhouse arthropod pests, particularly in commercial production systems.

The book contains the necessary information on major insects and mites, describing their biology and life cycle. Colour images are included to help with identification and also to illustrate the damage these insects and mites can cause to greenhouse-grown horticultural crops. Learn More
Provincial News 

Alberta confirms ornamental production and retail to be ‘essential’

Alberta has now confirmed that all agricultural businesses, including horticultural production and retail, are considered essential services. » Read more...

Quebec’s garden centres and landscapers to reopen April 15

Greenhouses, nurseries and garden centres will be able reopen their doors to the public starting April 15, 2020. Landscaping services and related activities will also resume. » Read more...

BC carbon tax relief grants due May 1

BC greenhouse operators can now apply for carbon tax relief grants for the 2020 production year, until May 1, 2020. Cannabis is not eligible. » Read more...

Ontario names new greenhouse vegetable specialist

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) revealed their new greenhouse vegetable specialist, Dr. Fadi Al-Daoud, who succeeds Shalin Khosla. » Read more...