Observe the early-bird registration discount by February 14 at 6 pm. Go to www.ofvc.ca. Pre-registration saves time and money plus early registration includes complimentary drink tickets courtesy of the Farmers and Friends reception sponsors: N. M. Bartlett, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, Bayer CropScience and the Ontario Produce Marketing Association. #OFVC2017
FARMERS AND FRIENDS RECEPTION
After all-day, in-depth sessions, the highlight of opening day is the Farmers and Friends Reception on February 22 from 5 pm to 7 pm on the trade show floor. On offer are Ontario wines, craft beers, ciders and other beverages along with locally sourced hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Join in a round of applause when winners of the day’s competitions are announced.
MEET THE BUYER – NEW TIME AND LOCATION
Don’t miss the speed-dating session to meet buyers one-on-one on February 23 from 11 am to 1 pm in Ballroom C. You must register in advance, at no charge, to reserve a seat. The 2017 Meet the Buyer event is presented courtesy of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association. Light refreshments will be served. At press time, buyers are confirmed from: Loblaw, Metro and North American Produce.
RESEARCH POSTER COMPETITION
The research poster display is once again highlighting studies on fruit, vegetables and alternative crops in Ontario. Expect to see results from research trials including pest management, crop production, new cultivars, and opportunities for marketing Ontario horticulture says competition coordinator Dennis Van Dyk, OMAFRA’s vegetable crop specialist.
Students can also submit posters, competing for cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200. Each receives a complimentary registration to both days of the conference. Topics of posters submitted to date include herbicide interactions, insect control and resistance, and post-harvest management. Typically, 15 to 20 student poster submissions are received. Ten marks can be earned for being grower-friendly.
GREAT ONTARIO-HOPPED CRAFT BEER COMPETITION
This is the fifth year for the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition, bringing together teams of hops growers and brewers. Jason Deveau and Evan Elford, co-organizers have broadened the contest numbers so that a record 18 teams are competing on February 22, 2 pm to 4 pm in Ballroom C.
“It has been exciting to experience the growth of the hops industry in Ontario, and the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition is a symbol, if not a component, of that growth. It is a great privilege for BASF to be presenting the competition again this year, particularly in its fifth anniversary,” says Scott Hodgins, BASF Canada, crop manager, horticulture.