July 2013 GGO Newsletter

Award-winning HGTV Canada 'DIY' guru Bryan Baeumler to speak at 30th Annual Celebrity Luncheon

For tickets and more information, visit

Growing Forward 2

Growers and Processors can begin to apply to Growing Forward 2 for funding assistance for "Capacity Building" activities. Capacity building activities include skills development, training, audit, assessment and planning. This fall, the first intake for "Implementation-based Projects" will open. For more information, applications and program guides, please visit

Interactive Traceability Self-Assessment Workshops for Value Chains are scheduled for July 30 (Kemptville), July 31 (Ottawa - French Only), and August 13 (Guelph). For more information and to register, please visit

OMAF Grower Demonstration Day

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food will be conducting Grape Grower Research Demonstrations on Irrigation and Soil Moisture Monitoring, Sour Rot, Powdery Mildew, Japanese Beetle, and Potassium Surveys, on Wednesday, August 14, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, in Niagara. More information will be sent to all growers promptly.

Ziraldo to be inducted into CAHF

The Grape Growers of Ontario congratulates Donald Ziraldo on his selection to be inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Click here to read the full CAHF press release.

Grapevine Red Blotch Disease

Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV) is the latest addition to the list of more t han 75 graft-transmissable agents that been identified in grapevines.

Please click here for an information sheet. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Industry News

  • It is the law to have a 'Slow Moving Vehicle' sign on all farm tractors and self-propelled implements to warn other road users that the vehicle displaying the sign is travelling at 40 km/h (25 mph) or less. For more information and to purchase Slow Moving Vehicle signs, please visit the Ministry of Transportation's website.
  • The 2013 Self-Directed Risk Management Edible Horticulture handbook is now available online at Agricorp will be mailing personalized participant packages to eligible growers in late September.
  • Ensure your equipment for testing accuracy and precision in juice analysis is in top working order for the harvest by registering for a "Calibrate Your Lab" CCOVI Outreach Program. $100 plus HST. Click here to register.
  • Kobus Hunter, Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa is the featured speaker at the 2013 Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series. Vineyard visits and technical workshops take place on Wednesday, August 21, followed by the public lecture on Thursday, August 22. All sessions are free, however RSVP's to CCOVI are required by August 14.
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