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FEBRUARY 24, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1 pm
Strategies for Agricultural Workers Affected by COVID-19
Speakers: Leslie Lem, WSPS

Organized by: Giselle Vanneste-Paine, OMAFRA
Join the WSPS Agriculture Specialists, as they provide insights into safety issues in business during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will learn more about effective communication, training and physical distancing tips, how to customize your safety plans, and how to utilize your Health and Safety Representative (HSR) or Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) if you have questions or concerns. Find out more information on how your workplace might be eligible for two days of funded services provided by WSPS.
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FEBRUARY 25, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1 pm
Why do You Need Risk Management in Agriculture?
Speakers: Mathieu Lipari, Farm Management Canada; Connie Kehler, HSSA; Jan Schooley, Schooley Orchards/Apple Hill Lavender

Organized by: Sean Westerveld, OMAFRA
Agriculture is, without a doubt, an industry riddled with risk and uncertainty. Farmers across Canada are left to the mercy of Mother Nature, the global marketplace, a limited labour force, changing consumer trends, and other factors beyond their control in the political sphere. For farm managers, uncertainty can lead to poor planning and decision-making to the detriment of the farm, their families and the agricultural sector as a whole. But, with risk, also comes opportunity for those who are positioned to take calculated risks. This is why it's important to plan for risk. Risk management is about thinking strategically in advance and applying a process by which uncertainty can be reduced. Understanding how to manage or mitigate risk can be difficult, but there are options that can help. Join us for this seminar during which we will discuss tried and true approaches to risk management, sources of support and tools for risk.
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FEBRUARY 26, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 1 pm
TanninAlert: A Red Winemaking Tool for Ontario Winemakers to Improve Tannin Extraction and Red Wine Consumer Preference
Speaker: Debbie Inglis, Director of the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), and Professor in Faculty of Math and Science, Brock University

Organized by: Belinda Kemp, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University
Tannins are one of the most defining components of red wine quality. Knowledge of grape tannin concentration at harvest and understanding how to best manage winemaking techniques accordingly are important for quality improvements. A unique precision oenology tool for winemakers called TanninAlert was developed at CCOVI for this purpose. Measuring skin and seed tannin in red grape varieties to assess phenolic ripeness is essential to optimize skin tannin extraction during winemaking to improve wine quality without over extracting seed tannin. The TanninAlert project, in partnership with industry, is allowing us to: measure skin and seed tannin values in six red grape varieties at harvest from 4-6 different locations/variety/year over 5 years; categorize the tannin as low, medium or high; and test winemaking techniques to improve the balance and mouthfeel of each varietal wine. The variability in tannin development in red grape varieties from versaison to harvest in Niagara and the TanninAlert database will be presented to illustrate how this new oenology tool can be used by Ontario winemakers in red wine production.
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MARCH 9, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1 pm
LCBO Ontario Wines Business Updates
Speakers: Marie Cundari and Aaron Pothier, LCBO

Organized by: Kathryn Carter, OMAFRA
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MARCH 11, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1 pm
Fresh Grape Cost of Production
Speaker: John Molenhuis, OMAFRA

Organized by: Kathryn Carter, OMAFRA
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MARCH 18, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1 pm
Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendations for Ontario Peaches
Speakers: Kathryn Carter and Tejendra Chapagain, OMAFRA

Organized by: Erika DeBrouwer, OMAFRA
The productivity of fruit trees is influenced by tree nutrition. Lack of Nitrogen can result in reduction in tree growth, and reduced yields. Excess Nitrogen can result in excessive vigour, delay maturity and decrease fruit colouration. Ontario’s peach fertilizer recommendations have not been amended in decades, despite changes in production systems (reduced tree spacing) and production practices. The goal of this project is the collect data to refine OMAFRA’s nutrient recommendations for peaches.
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