Sessions Schedule Day 1

Day 1 Schedule – Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Ballrooms are located on the main level. All other rooms are located on the 2nd floor. Map links are listed beside each room number below. All sessions and speakers subject to change. Some presentations may be live-streamed or pre-recorded.
Session Room Map - 2nd Level
Session Room Map - Main Level
Sessions Day 2


Room 206, Second Level
Chair: Dr. Sean Westerveld, OMAFRA

2:00 Creating an Agritourism Experience on a Lavender Farm
Bill Mansfield, Lavender Hill Farm, USA

2:30 The Case for 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusivity
Loren Christie, Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce

3:00 Experiences Can Help Boost Your Bottom Line
Kim Clarke, Regional Tourism Organization 7 Bruce/Grey/Simcoe

3:30 Adventures in Agritourism at Brantwood Farms
Kara Pate, Brantwood Farms

4:00 Q & A Panel
Bill Mansfield, Lavender Hill Farm; Loren Christie, Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce; Kim Clarke, Regional Tourism Organization 7 Bruce/Grey/Simcoe; Kara Pate, Brantwood Farms


Room 204, Second Level
Chair: Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA

2:00 Novel Weed Control Technology in Grapes and Apples
Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie, Cornell University, USA

2:30 Integrating Robotics, Cover Crops and Herbicides
Dr. Darren Robinson, University of Guelph

3:00 AgRobotics: Innovations in Weed Management
Chuck Baresich, Haggerty AgRobotics Company and Haggerty Creek Ltd; Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA

3:30 Technology Roundup
Carbon Robotics, Verdant Robotics, Intelliculture, Naïo Technologies


Room 221, Second Level
Chairs: Kristy Grigg-McGuffin and Erika DeBrouwer, OMAFRA
Sponsored by:

2:00 Grower Panel- Apple Disease Management: Alternatives to Group M Fungicides
Brian Rideout, Manitree Fruit Farms; Pat Johnson, AppleTop Farms; Manus Boonzaier, Algoma Orchards; Katie Goldenhar, OMAFRA

2:30-4:00 Roundtable: Strategies for Apple Disease Management
Kristy Grigg-McGuffin, OMAFRA


Ballroom C, Main Level
Chair: Erica Pate, OMAFRA
Sponsored by:

9:30 Bird Damage: Risk Factors and Management Strategies
Dr. Catherine Lindell, Michigan State University, USA

10:00 A Midwestern Perspective on a New Strawberry Disease Caused by Neopestalotiopsis spp.
Dr. Daniel S. Egel, Purdue University, USA

10:30 Miticides for Cyclamen Mite in Strawberry
Dr. Justin Renkema, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

11:00 Product Update for Berry Crop Protection
Representatives of Syngenta, Gowan, N.M. Bartlett, Bayer, BASF

Afternoon Chair: Victoria Eastman, BGO
Sponsored by:

2:00 Overview of Our Past Nine Years Experience with Soilless Long-cane Raspberries Grown Under Shelter at Ferme Onésime Pouliot
Audrey Bernet , Ferme Onésime Pouliot Inc.

2:30 Horticulture Methods for Increasing Productivity and Optimizing Crop Inputs for Berry Growers
Dr. Eric Gerbrandt, BCBC/RIDC/BCSGA

3:00 Release of Asian Parasitoids for Biological Control of SWD in Ontario: Current Status and Future Prospects
Dr. Tara Gariepy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

3:30 Grower Panel: Row Covers on Strawberries
Kevin Schooley, KS Consulting; David VanDeVelde, Wholesome Pickins; Ian McGregor, McGregor’s Produce


Room 203, Second Level
Chair: Kevin Montgomery, OMAFRA
Sponsored by:

9:30 Flavour and Ingredient Innovation in Cider Production
Steven Trussler, Brock University, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

10:00 An Update on Cider Apple Cultivar Research from Ontario and Michigan
Dr. Derek Plotkowski, Michigan State University, USA

10:30 Ontario Craft Cider Defined, Opportunities and Challenges for the Future of the Industry
Janice Ruddock, OCCA (moderator); Jennifer Dean, County Cider Company; Matt Dixon, Niagara Cider Company; Matt Somerville, Two Blokes Cider (panelists)

11:00 Announcement of Winners from the 2023 Ontario Craft Cider Competition
Includes tastings of various cider styles

Cover Cropping: Vegetables

Room 201-202 Second Level
Chair: Dennis Van Dyk, OMAFRA

9:30 Cover Cropping in High Organic Matter Soils
Dennis Van Dyk, OMAFRA

10:00 The Latest on Potato Soil Health Research
Griffin Bailey, University of Guelph

10:30 Cover Crops – Stories from a Potato Farm
Kate Vander Zaag, P&K Vander Zaag Farms

11:00 Full Season Cover Cropping and Soil Health from a Different Perspective
Charles Emre, Emre Farms

Farm Fresh Ontario

Ballroom D, Main Level
Chair: Kevin Vallier, FFO

9:30 -10:30 Stress Mastery; You Have More Control Than You Think
Dr. David Posen, Speaker/Author/Trainer

11:00 – 12:00 pm Navigating the Red Tape Roundabout
Emily Sousa, OFA; Krista Hulshof, VELD Architect Inc.; Erik Acs, Niagara Region Community & Long Range Planning

2:00- 3:00 Food Trends and How to Leverage Them in On-Farm Markets
Jo-Ann McArthur, Nourish Food Marketing

3:30- 4:30 Beyond Farmland Preservation: Exploring Best Practices for On-Farm Diversification in Ontario’s Planning System
Emily Sousa, OFA; Pam Duesling, County of Brant

Farmers' Markets Ontario

Ballroom A, Main Level
Chair: Anne Slater, St. Marys Farmers' Market

9:30 Market of the Year Award
To be announced

10:00 4-H Goes to Market – A Partnership with 4-H Ontario and Farmers’ Markets
Laura Goulding, 4-H Ontario

10:30 Making the Market: The Multiple Logics of Farmers' Markets
Dr. Robert David, McGill University

11:00-12:00 The Value of Farmers’ Markets
Marc Kealey,Kealey & Associates

2:00-3:00 – Value of Good Governance
Bill Groenheide, Thunder Bay Country Market; April Mercier, Thunder Bay Country Market

3:00-3:30 FMO Annual General Meeting
Ann Slater, St. Mary’s Farmers’ Market

3:30-4:00 – Overview of 2022 and New Program Announcement
Catherine Clark, FMO


Room 207-208, Second Level
Chair: Dr. Wendy McFadden-Smith, OMAFRA
Sponsored by:

2:00 Progress Identifying Vectors of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus in Ontario Vineyards
Dr. Justin Renkema, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

2:30 New Products
Representatives of Bioworks, AEF Global, PetroCan, Neudorff Canada, UPL, Gowan, Cohort Wholesale

3:00 Foliar Potassium Application Increases Fruit Total Soluble Solids by Dehydration in Grapevine Red Blotch Virus-Infected Grapevines
Joseph Deshields, Oregon State University, USA

3:30 Mechanical Shaking as a Non-chemical Means to Reduce Bunch Rot in Grapes at Harvest
Dr. Mark Krasnow, Thoughtful Viticulture, New Zealand (Video presentation with live Q&A)


Room 205, Second Level
Chair: Evan Elford, OMAFRA

9:30 Beer, Yeasts and Hops Biotransformation: A Match Made in Heaven
Dr. Eugene Fletcher, Escarpment Labs

10:30- 11:30 Management Strategies for Halo Blight of Hop
Dr. Tim Miles, Michigan State University, USA


Room 206, Second Level
Chair: Rebecca Shortt, OMAFRA

9:30 Sound Irrigation Management in Québec: Soil Moisture Monitoring
Paul Deschênes, Institut de Recherche et de Développement en Agroenvironnement (IRDA)

10:00 Grower Panel: Soil Moisture Monitoring
Gerbe Botden, Botden Orchards; Patrick Dol, WD Potato

10:30 Using Plant Sensors to Improve Irrigation Management and Enhance Fruit Quality
Dr. Lee Kalcsits, Washington State University, USA

11:00 Irrigation Strategies in Water Shortages
Paul Deschênes, Institut de Recherche et de Développement en Agroenvironnement (IRDA)


The Lounge, Second Level
Chair: Stefan Larrass, OFVGA

9:30 Hiring TFWs Already in Canada Using Ag Stream
Mary Catherine Stevenson, Mucci Farms; Shawn McGowan, Schuyler Farms

10:00 Building New TFW Housing - Grower Perspectives
Hayden Dooney, Suncrest Orchards; Fred Meyers, Meyers Fruit Farm

10:30 Navigating the Permanent Residency Process for TFWs – What Employers Should Know
Nancy Friesen Thompson, Crossing Canada Citizenship & Immigration Services

11:00 Hiring Agricultural TFW Workers from Countries Outside of the SAWP Program
Tania Casco, Honduras Embassy (Ottawa); Juan Higuera, Cannexion

2:00 University of Guelph Co-op Programs & Wage Subsidies for Employers Hiring Students
Paula Stortz, Hope Long, University of Guelph; Nadee Imran, , CAHRC

2:30 Completing a Productive and Successful Workplace Health and Safety Inspection
Ron Landry, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Trade and Skills Development

3:00 Update on SAWP/TFWP and LICC

3:30 Public Perception of Temporary Foreign Worker Programs
Stefan Larrass, OFVGA


Room 207-208, Second Level
Chair: Erin Panek, OMAFRA

9:30 Ontario Wines Business Update
Aaron Porthier, LCBO

10:00 Consumer Interest in Vidal and Marquette Table Wines
Dr. Amy Bowen, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre

10:30 International Business Development and the Global Wine Market
Dr. Janet Dorozynski, Global Affairs Canada

11:00 Microbial Terroir: Isolation of Natural Yeasts from Vineyard/Winery Operations for Use in Wine Production
Dr. Debbie Inglis, Brock University, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

ONHops BrewOff

Room 205, Second Level
Chair: Evan Elford, Jason Deveau, OMAFRA
Sponsored by:

2:00 pm
Closed judging took place in advance of the convention to determine the winners. This event features a judging panel headed by the Lead judge where the top three submissions will be re-evaluated. Judges will discuss the process and the entries with the audience, and everyone can participate in the hop rub featuring all the hop submissions.

Pathogens: Tomatoes and Peppers

Room 201-202, Second Level
Chair: Amanda Tracey, OMAFRA
Sponsored by:

2:00 Managing Bacterial Diseases of Tomato and Pepper
Dr. Daniel S. Egel, Purdue University, USA

2:40 Phytophthora Control: Lessons Learned in Michigan
Mary Hausbeck, Michigan State University, USA

3:20 Pepper Anthracnose – The Old and the New
Amanda Tracey, OMAFRA

Soil Fertility

Room 203, Second Level
Chair: Dr. Tejendra Chapagain, OMAFRA
Sponsored by:

2:00 An Overview of the Fertilizer Sector and Farm Input Prices
Ken McEwan, University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus

2:30 Managing Nitrogen Fertilizers to Minimize Loss in Horticulture Crop Production Systems
Dr. John Lauzon, University of Guelph

3:00 Options to Improve Fertilizer Use Efficiency in Horticultural Crops
Dr. Tejendra Chapagain, OMAFRA

3:30 Developing an Efficient Fertilizer Program for Apple Orchards
Gerbe Botden, Botden Orchards
Maximizing Nutrient Use Efficiency in Vegetable Crops
Joseph Tomecek, Tomecek Agronomy Services

Tender Fruit

Ballroom B Main Level
Chair: Ryan Brewster, Brewster Consulting Services

9:30 Fungicide Resistance in the Brown Rot Pathogen, Monilinia fructicola, and Downstream Management
Dr. Kerik Cox, Cornell University (Live-Stream)

10:00 What’s New and What Works: ‘Attract and Kill’ Innovations for Plum
Dr. Jaime Piñero, University of Massachusetts, USA

10:30 Black Knot Resistance Marker Development in Plums Using ‘Omics’: “Process-Progress-Prospects”
Dr. Jay Subramanian, University of Guelph

11:00 Release of Asian Parasitoids for Biological Control of SWD in Ontario: Current Status and Future Prospects
Dr. Tara Gariepy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Chair: Kathryn Carter, OMAFRA

2:00 Niagara Irrigation Initiative
Sarah Marshall, Ontario Tender Fruit Growers

2:30 Pear Irrigation Strategies
Dr. Lee Kalcsits, Washington State University, USA

3:00 High Density Pear Production in Washington State: A Grower’s Perspective
Bryan Mrachek, Stemilt, Washington, USA (Video presentation with live Q&A)

3:30 Monitoring Peach Cold Hardiness Eco-Physiology and Fruit Quality and Harvest Time Using Accurate and Dynamic Weather-Based Models and Non-Destructive Sensors
Dr. Ioannis Minas, Colorado State University, USA


Room 204, Second Level
Chairs: Nele Michiels and Elaine Roddy, OMAFRA

9:30 Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture
Jennifer Wright, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

10:00 A Framework for Supporting Workers from Healing to Life Skills
Stephen Jackson, Anishnabeg Outreach

10:30 Best Practices in Health and Safety with International Agricultural Workers
Eduardo Huesca, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers

11:00 Housing Conditions and Location in the Experiences of Mexican Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Canada
Louis Helps, University of Guelph