We grow the wines you love in winter

This winter, enjoy warm evenings with a heartwarming glass of local, Ontario VQA Icewine!
visit localgrapes.ca for our winter feature including things to do, pairings to taste, tips & varietals, grapevine tidbits, and growers' stories. 


 

OMAFRA IPM Scout Training Workshops for 2017


OMAFRA is hosting an Integrated Pest Management Workshop for Tender Fruit and Grape growers on May 9th at Rittenhouse Hall, Vineland.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://onfruit.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/omafra-ipm-scout-training-workshops-for-2017/

 

Canadian Grapevine Certification Network


CANADIAN GRAPE AND WINE INDUSTRY COMES TOGETHER TO INCORPORATE THE ‘CANADIAN GRAPEVINE CERTIFICATION NETWORK

Niagara - March 16, 2017 -  A new national not-for-profit organization called the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network, more commonly referred to as “CGCN” has been incorporated.

The CGCN is the culmination of a collaborative effort between the Grape Growers of Ontario, British Columbia Wine Grape Council, Association des vignerons du Québec and the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia. The objective of the CGCN is to advance the Canadian grape and wine industry by ensuring a sustainable supply of certified propagative grapevine material. 

Farm Equipment Road Safety Presentation


Do you move farm equipment on the road?
Do you know the rules?

Attend a Farm Equpment Road Safety Presentation sponsored by Red Trac International and Niagara North Federation of Agriculture!

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: RedTrac International, 2695 Regional Rd 24, Vineland
Presenters: Niagara Regional Police, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Bring your worn out faded Slow Moving Vehicle Sign and we will replace it with a new one! (two signs per farm)
For more information contact Cathy at 905-516-5188 or c.mous@sympatico.ca

Support to Help Farmers Reduce their Carbon Emissions

The Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Cost-Share funding Assistance Program for Producers has been enhanced with four new best management practices (BMPs) categories added and enhancements to several existing BMPs.  GF2 funding is available to support farmers to make changes in their farming operations and encourages actions with multi-benefits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality and supporting soil health.  These enhancements will support producers to transition to low carbon production and encourage energy efficiency and energy conservation on-farms.

Highlights of the new BMPs and changes in existing GF2 BMPs are below. This funding is delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA).  Please see the OSCIA’s website www.ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/growing-forward-2/ for the program guide, application forms, and full details on how producers can participate.

Bill George receives 2017 NPF&VGA Award of Merit

March 8, 2017 - Vineland, ON

The Grape Growers of Ontario are honoured to announce that Bill George was named as the recipient of the 2017 Niagara Peninsula Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (NPF&VGA) Award of Merit at a special event held at Balls Falls on March 7.

“I enjoyed my time on the Board of the Grape Growers of Ontario, and miss my day-to-day interactions with my peers and staff,” said Bill George. “Grape growing is in my blood and I will always be interested in the future of Ontario’s grape and wine industry.”

Canadian Wine and Grape Industry Contributes $9 Billion to Canadian Economy


Ottawa, ON – March 7, 2017 – Together with the All-Party Parliamentary Canadian Wine Caucus, the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) and its partners are happy to announce the results of a research study conducted on the Canadian wine and grape industry, which reveals that the economic impact of the Canadian Wine industry is up 33% from $6.8 billion to $9 billion over the period 2011-2015.

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VQA Ontario — News & Tips — March 2017

In this issue:

  • REMINDER - IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR VQA ONTARIO MEMBERSHIP
  • SAVE THE DATE – VQA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING JULY 26 IN LAKE ERIE NORTH SHORE
  • SEMINAR SERIES – ALL ABOUT VQA, AGCO AND LCBO RULES
  • TIPS OF THE MONTH