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November 5, 2014
FEATURED NEWS: Genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yields
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OFVGA launch new logo, corporate identity

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) has officially unveiled its new logo. It is part of a general refreshing of the organization’s corporate identity, which will culminate with the launch of a new website at the annual general meeting in January. >> Read full article

Alberta online horticulture survey

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD), in collaboration with the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association, is conducting an online horticulture survey. >> Read full article

Nominations open for OFVGA Award of Merit

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is now accepting nominations for its annual Award of Merit. The award is presented to an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to the fruit and vegetable industry. >> Read full article

 Featured News 
Genetic Toolkit

Genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yields

Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) recently announced a new way to dramatically increase crop yields by improving upon Mother Nature’s offerings. A team led by Associate Professor Zachary Lippman, in collaboration with Israeli colleagues, has discovered a set of gene variations that can boost fruit production in the tomato plant by as much as 100 per cent. Plant breeders will be able to combine different gene variants among the set to create an optimal plant architecture for particular varieties and growing conditions. The set of mutations will enable farmers to maximize yield in tomatoes and potentially many other flowering plants, including staple crops like soybeans. >> Learn More…

 Event Calendar 

Alberta Potato Conference and Trade Show

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, to Thursday, November 20, 2014
Location: The Sheraton, Red Deer, Alta. >> More Info

New Ways of Dealing With Little Cherry Disease

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 07:30pm
Location: PARC Summerland Research Centre, Summerland, B.C. >> More Info

Agricultural Excellence Conference

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, to Friday, November 21, 2014
Location: Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Man. >> More Info