January 3, 2024
Fall dinner unites growers on issues
Ontario nursery growers gathered at Piper’s Heath Golf Club in Milton, Ont. on Nov. 21 for the annual Landscape Ontario Growers’ Group fall dinner meeting.

LO Executive Director Joe Salemi updated attendees on the association’s meeting with the provincial government regarding snow and ice removal insurance, upcoming events including Landscape Ontario’s Congress Trade Show and Conference, as well as details about a major renovation planned for the Milton home office.

Cassie Russell from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) presented the unfortunate state of established habitats by the spotted lanternfly in upstate New York and Pennsylvania, and shared tips on identification and prevention. Russell also urged all growers to be vigilant and to thoroughly examine all imported items for signs of hitchhiking spotted lanternflies.

Jennifer Wright from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) closed the night with a presentation on labour market challenges. Wright also highlighted the CAHRC’s HR Toolkit, which can help employers streamline HR operations and manage their workforce more effectively. Visit hrtoolkit.cahrc-ccrha.ca to get access.

Next event: the annual Growers Short Course will take place Feb. 7 at the Arboretum at the University of Guelph.
For details and to register visit horttrades.com/growers-short-course-2024.