By Kevin Bernard
Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance receives 2.3 million dollars from our federal government.
The Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance is getting 2.3 million dollars from our federal government.
The money will help a national research cluster made up of experts in nutrient management, water and sustainable production.
They will address the industry's top priorities.
Industry partners will also use the funding to explore new market opportunities at home and abroad.
National stats show the ornamental horticulture industry is responsible for 30 thousand jobs and accounts for 1.8 billion dollars in farm gate sales.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture reports a sharp increase in edible bean acreage this year.
White bean acreage was up 52 per cent over 2013 to nearly 65 thousand acres.
Overall coloured bean acres increased 21 per cent.
Spokesperson Brian Hall says this year's yields were a mix of outstanding, average and ugly -- due to wet field conditions this fall.
The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops is now in operation.
Mark Brock of the Grain Farmers of Ontario says it will provide a forum to showcase Canada's performance in the area of agriculture sustainability.
Brock hopes it will also engage stakeholders to respond to marketplace demands.
Agriculture Canada is developing a model to support Canadian farmers to limit contamination from pesticide spills, splashes and rinses.
The model is a biobed -- essentially an organic filter for pesticide disposal -- and researchers say it is relatively inexpensive and easy to use and significantly speed up the pesticides' natural breakdown processes.
Europe has been using biobeds to capture and degrade the unintentional release of pesticides into the environment.
The contained biobed uses a mixture of topsoil, compost and straw to absorb and then degrade pesticides by providing an ideal habitat for microbes which break down the pesticides to the point where they pose no further threat to the environment.