• March 23 NutrientSmart 2.0: Optimizing the Use & Value of Organic Amendments. OSCIA/OPACA Members $90, Non-members $125. Registration closes March 19, 2018. Brought to you by FarmSmart, in partnership with Golden Horseshoe SCIA, Heartland SCIA, OMAFRA and OPACA. 8:30 am registration; 9 am to 4 pm program. Place: RIM Park, Manulife Financial Sportsplex, 2001 University Ave East, Waterloo. Keynote: Past, Current and Future Roles of Organic Amendments In Ontario Agriculture by Don Hilborn OMAFRA Re-tired, and Dale Cowan 4R Nutrient Stewardship Council. Sources of Organic Amendments & Analysis of Nutrients by Christine Brown, OMAFRA. Nutrient Sources are not all Equal by John Lauzon, U of Guelph. Value of Organic Amendments Beyond the Fertilizer Element by Deb Campbell, Agronomist. New Advances in Nutrient Application Equipment by Sonke Claussen, Claussen Farms. Conquering Compaction in Managing Organic Nutrients by Peter Johnson, Real Agriculture & Alex Barrie, OMAFRA. Producer Experiences Integrating Organic & Inorganic Nutrients in the Farm Operation: Ontario Farmer Panel. http://www.farmsmartconfernce.com 1-877-424-1300 @FarmSmart18 https://farmsmartconference.com/registration/.
  • April 5 East Central Farm Show Committee Meeting, 12 noon Swiss Chalet, 1 pm, Lindsay Fairgrounds
  • April 6 East Central Region Annual Directors Meeting, 10 am, Lindsay Fairgrounds
  • April 7 Spring Music Growing Project for Canadian Foodgrains Bank, 7:30 pm. Wideman Mennonite Church, 10530 Highway 48, Markham. MEN OF NOTE a male voice choir from Stouffville, and Soloist: Susan Ryman. “4 HEAVEN’S SAKE” gospel quartet with guest David Epp, Canadian Foodgrains Bank Ontario Region Coordinator. SPONSORED BY York Growing Project of the York Region Soil and Crop Association, Bethesda Lutheran Church, Lemonville United Church, Community Mennonite Church. Cash or Cheque Donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. (Receipts will be issued from CFGB, Winnipeg). Refreshments after the show.
  • April 9 Victoria SCIA directors 1 pm Lindsay Fairgrounds
  • April 10 Durham SCIA Spring meeting, at Gowanlea Ltd, Jim and David Smith’s shop, 11400 Hwy 12 Sunderland. 9:30 am. Speakers: start 10 am. Adam Bent and/or Adam Shea on bridging the gap between livestock producers and cash croppers. Fred Young and John Vanstrien on implement and tractor safety particularly on the roads. Addressing new laws and how they will impact producers. Also implement and tractor brakes, showing tractor brakes that are worn out and how “little” braking power without implement brakes. Bill Dallner and Randy Rock (Agris 2000 Ltd.) on planter maintenance and spring tune up. Erik Sharpe on Western Bean Cutworm, its life cycle,  scouting methods and monitoring and finally IPM tactics. Lunch by Leadbetter sponsored by Alliance Agri-Turf and Dekalb. Contact: Aaron Bowman abowman@prideseed.com
  • April 10 Local Food Business Networking Event – Whitby. For more details and to register Contact:Pat Learmonth, Director Farms At Work http://www.farmsatwork.ca
  • May 24 Peterborough SCIA Directors 8 pm Derrick Weiher’s
  • July 4,5 Southwestern Ontario Crop Diagnostic Days, Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph
  • July 12 FarmSmart Expo, Elora Research Station
  • July 19 Eastern Ontario Crop Diagnostic Day, Winchester Research Station
  • August 16 York SCIA BBQ, 6 pm, Rob Beynon’s, 12060 Bathurst, Maple
  • September 17 York SCIA directors 7:30 pm Reesor’s Seed and Grain, 5309 Durham Regional Rd 30, Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • January 7 York SCIA ADM 10 am Mt Albert Lions Club Hall

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