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2008 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention Program Highlights

The 2008 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention – Growing for the Future, is planned for February 20 and 21 2008. It is held in the Walker Complex of Brock University in St. Catharines Ontario. This event offers an extensive speaker program and an over 150 exhibitor trade show. It is Canada's Premier Fruit and Vegetable Event.

• Looking for the most up to date production research? Over 44 researchers from across North America have been invited to share their new production and pest management strategies for crops including vegetables, apples, berries, grapes, tender fruit, vine crops, tomatoes and peppers and specialty crops.

• This year's program features presentations by over 22 growers and winemakers. When it comes to implementing new technologies on the farm, who better to learn from than producers who have already done it.

• Interested in organic production we have a half day Organic Session. Organic retail sales in Ontario are currently growing over 20% per year. This session will look at some of the considerations for growers looking at getting into organic production. Soils are considered a basic building block for organic production. Pest management options are often viewed as one of the problems to be resolved. We will also hear from a grower about their experiences and have a general session for your questions.

• In this increasingly competitive agricultural environment, many Ontario growers are considering diversifying their farm operation to include new crops. The Specialty Crops Session will feature a number of growers, extension workers and agribusiness professionals who will identify some of the major opportunities and challenges associated with producing and/or finding a market for special crops. These markets include grocery store chains, agritourism, farmer's markets, the Ontario Food Terminal, ethnic restaurants and stores. The session will conclude with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of an agribusiness panel.

• The Winery Session is for anyone interested in the growing, production and marketing aspects of winemaking. This years program looks at:

- the research and practice of malolactic fermentation

- the vineyard influence on aromatics in Chardonnay and anthocyanins in Pinot Noir

- different wine marketing approaches

- the role of the viticulturalist at the winery

- sustainable winemaking practices

- a discussion around the production and marketing of "Environmental" wines

Registration and detailed program information can be found at or call 905-945-5363



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