2021 OMAFRA Hop Update

The OMAFRA Hop Update is compiled annually for the Ontario Hop Growers’ Association AGM. The update includes information on markets, acreage, production, industry trends, pest management, research, etc.

The update is typically provided in two sections:

  1. Market/Production/Research Update by Evan Elford, OMAFRA New Crop Development Specialist; and,
  2. Pest Management/Research Update by Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA Horticulture IPM Specialist
    Please follow the links below for the 2021 presentations and supplementary reports:

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Hop Rates for 2021-2022 Advanced Payments Program

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Advanced Payments Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advanced Payment Program (AAP), delivered by the Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) in Ontario, has released the list of rates for storage crops (including hops) for the 2021-2022 growing season.

The available advance rate for Ontario growers in the 2021-2022 growing season will be $6.79/dry lb.  Hop program deadlines and rates include:

  • Advance available date: 1 April, 2021 – 15 March, 2022
  • Repayment deadline: 30 September, 2022
  • Advance rates: $6.79/ dry lb for ON 

Click here fore a link to the 2021-2022 Product Rate List and Worksheets for Ontario

The AAP “…is a federal loan guarantee program that helps crop, livestock, greenhouse and nursery landscape producers meet their financial obligations and benefit from the best market conditions by improving their cash flow throughout the year.”  The program will provide up to $400 000 advance with the first $100 000 interest free and the following $300 000 at prime interest rate.

For general information about the program and to download an application form, please visit the AAP webpage or contact ACC directly (tel: 1-888-278-8807).

Other Programs for Ontario Hop Growers

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Canadian Eco-Scholar Award Program Expanded for 2021

The Canadian Eco-Scholar Award has been provided to students interested in organic and regenerative agriculture as part of the annual Guelph Organic Conference.

The 2021 award program has been expanded thanks to a partnership between the Guelph Organic Conference and Yorkshire Valley Farms. Four Eco-Scholars will be selected for a total give-away of $10,000. The award is available to students studying in Canada.

  • One $5000 award for first place.
  • Two $2000 second place awards.
  • One $1000 third place award.

Deadline to apply is March 19th, 2021 by 11:59pm.

The full details and application form are available on the Guelph Organic Conference Eco Scholar webpage. Please ensure you read and accept the complete rules and regulations before submitting your application.

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Crop Protection Guide for Ginseng 2021 Now Available

The 2021 version of OMAFRA Publication 847 Crop Protection Guide for Ginseng is now available. This guide lists integrated pest management strategies for ginseng along with a listing of pest control products registered for use on ginseng and their rates and use precautions. A free PDF version along with ordering information for a printed version are available through Service Ontario at the following link:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/pub847/p847order.htm

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Upcoming Webinar: Access to Labour in 2021

Chair: Stefan Larrass, OFVGA

February 11, 2021 at noon- 1 (Zoom webinar)

Access to Labour in 2021:

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Permit to Take Water Workshops

Please see below details on two upcoming webinars on how to apply for a Permit to Take Water.

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 | 12:00 pm – 1 pm
Permit to Take Water – Electronic Application Workshop
Speakers: Joshua Ng and Holly Buchanan, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP)

Organized by: Rebecca Shortt, OMAFRA
MECP will deliver a 45-minute demonstration on how to apply for/renew permits to Take Water (PTTW) using the MECP’s electronic platform. The demonstration will showcase the process of creating accounts, going through the application form, and the process to report water takings using the Regulatory Self Reporting System (RSRS).
Live event. Advance registration required. Click here to register

FEBRUARY 23, 2021 | 7:00 pm – 8 pm
Permit to Take Water – Electronic Application Workshop
Speakers: Joshua Ng and Holly Buchanan, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP)

Hosted by: Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Organized by: Rebecca Shortt, OMAFRA
MECP will deliver a 45-minute demonstration on how to apply for/renew permits to Take Water (PTTW) using the MECP’s electronic platform. The demonstration will showcase the process of creating accounts, going through the application form, and the process to report water takings using the Regulatory Self Reporting System (RSRS).
Live event. Advance registration required. Click here to register

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