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Ontario Bus Tour of Floriculture Greenhouse Insect Biocontrol Programs!

October 28-30, 2015

On October 28-30, 2015, Michigan State University Extension will be offering a bus tour from Michigan to the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada. The bus will have a pick-up location in Grand Rapids and at the Swartz Creek carpool lot on the east side of the state along I-69. On this 3-day tour, greenhouse growers will see how to set up a comprehensive insect biocontrol program that really works. In Ontario, 75% of greenhouse growers implement insect biological control in their facilities because of the decreased insecticide exposure to employees, decreased number of available  registered insecticides, and increased resistance in insect pest populations causing crop losses. On this tour, we will visit four wholesale greenhouses, one retail garden center, and the Vineland Research Station. While the focus of our tour will be implementing an insect biological control program, others topics will include: greenhouse automation to save on labor expenses, retail marketing, various greenhouse structures, and other production practices.

Tour Stops:

  • Terra Garden Centre
  • Jeffery’s Greenhouse
  • Vineland Research Station
  • Orchard Park Growers
  • Waldan Gardens
  • Harster Greenhouses

Cost: The cost of the tour will be $379.00 for the a registrant desiring their own hotel room. For those sharing a hotel room, the cost of the tour will be $199. The registration fee includes 2 nights lodging at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Niagara Falls with free Wi-Fi, transportation, 2 breakfasts, 1-catered lunch, and refreshments on the bus. The participants will be responsible for paying for 2 lunches and 2 dinners themselves and a passport card or booklet if the participant does not already have one.

Registration opens to growers August 1. Registration closes September 18.

Tour leaders: Heidi Wollaeger, Dr. Kristin Getter, Thomas Dudek, Dr. Dave Smitley, Michigan State University Extension

**A comprehensive itinerary will be sent out in late July.

A minimum of 42 participants will be necessary for the trip to occur. Registration is limited to 51 participants.

Cancellation policy: You may cancel your registration for a full refund before 9/4/15. Afterwards, you are subject to a $179 cancellation fee.

Printable version of this bus tour information