May 2012 Newsletter

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In This Issue
Meet Our Directors
Moving Forward - We're Open!
Feature Story
Feature Case Study and Video
Program Highlight
Success Stories
The AAC's Other Industries Sector
Upcoming Application Deadlines


Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program


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July 12, 2012

Meet Our Directors 


Kristin Ego MacPhail, AAC Vice-Chair

Kristin Good  

Kristin Ego MacPhail was elected to the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board of directors in February 2005. She is the other industries/commodities representative on the board. In 2011, Kristin was elected vice-chair of the executive committee after serving as secretary from 2008 - 2011. She is also a member of the AAC corporate governance committee. Kristin was previously a member of the marketing and communications committee, the Canada-Ontario research and development committee and the agricultural environmental stewardship initiative committee. Click here to read more.

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Moving Forward - We're Open!

Last months, announcement by the federal government to centralize federal delivery of all future programs (effective March 2014) has caused disappointment and uncertainty in Ontario's agriculture and agri-food sector. The AAC's commitment to providing excellence in third party delivery remains unchanged.  The AAC is open for business and continues to seek innovative projects to fund through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP).  In addition, the AAC administers several Growing Forward programs in Ontario. 

The AAC is recognized as a leading provider of low-cost program delivery services for the agriculture, agribusiness, food processing and rural communities.  To learn more about our program delivery services click here or contact the AAC's executive director, Terry Thompson, to discuss your program delivery needs. 

Feature Story


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Vegetable greenhouse hydroponic trough system Photo Credit: OMAFRA

Efficient Greenhouse Water Recycling Systems


With an investment of $114,684 from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), this project is being undertaken to increase the recirculation of nutrient water in Ontario's greenhouse sector. The goal is to achieve maximum recycling, improving the efficiency of water use and eliminating fertilizer waste. This project, led by the Ontario Greenhouse Alliance (TOGA), will be managed by a project steering committee which includes representatives from each of the municipal partners, Town of Kingsville and Town of Leamington, and representatives from TOGA and each of its two members, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers and Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. as well as Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) staff as collaborators/technical resources.


The main barrier to achieving 100% recycling is caused by the gradual accumulation of limiters in the recycled water, which are salt compounds such as sulphates, carbonates and chlorides. The main objectives of the project include: (1) identifying methods by which to remove the limiters from nutrient water so that it can be continuously re-circulated (2) identifying methods for the disposal of the limiters once they have been removed, and (3) disseminating the results to the greenhouse sector.


Investment in this project has been provided by AAFC through the CAAP. In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.


If reading about this project has sparked interest, an idea, or you would like to speak with an AAC staff member, please call: (519) 822-7554 or visit:

Feature Case Study and Video


Canadian Therapeutic Honey


The Canadian Therapeutic Honey Project was undertaken by Katrina Brudzynski at Brock University as part of her research into pharmacologically active molecules naturally occurring in beehive substances. The project looked into the potential value added aspects of implementing honey for pharmacological uses. Following the success of Manuka Honeyin New Zealand as a pharmacological agent, the project specifically focused on the anti-bacterial molecules present in Canadian honey. As well, antioxidant compound presence and how those compounds may be implemented in therapeutic treatment were examined during the project. Click here to read the full case study.


Click below to watch the video.  


Honey Video 

Program Highlight


Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program


As of mid April, the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) has approved support for 127 projects under the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) with a total funding commitment of $18,364,575 ($225,279,200 is the total amount committed for all federal and provincial programs).


The AAC is seeking projects under the CAAP. The AAC is interested in innovative projects that:

  • Seize opportunities - projects that develop a new idea, product, niche, or market opportunity to the benefit of the sector.
  • Respond to new and emerging issues - projects that address issues that were not of concern previously, or were not known about at all.
  • Pathfind and pilot solutions - projects that test ways of dealing with new issues, or find new ways to deal with existing issues. Under CAAP, this is done in two ways:

CAAP information, project and application requirements are available in the CAAP guide.


Have an idea that you think would fit for funding under the CAAP program? We're here to help. Contact an AAC staff member to discuss your project idea, or visit the AAC website, click Current Programs and under Important Information complete a preproposal.

Success Stories


Ontario Grown Tree Liners  

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Photo Credit: Landscape Ontario


Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association (LOHTA) received $43,789 in funding to research and test innovative practices aimed to increase the out-plant survival and accelerate growth/establishment of tree liners, small trees typically 1.2-2.4 m in height and 12.7-19.1 mm in diameter. The objectives of this project were to: evaluate root growth and shoot growth of three landscape trees from seed, explore GeoHumus media amendments at planting and up-shifting as means of manipulating plant growth to significantly reduce production times, increase transplant out-plant survival and reduce water stress and lastly, to evaluate bottom heat treatments to further accelerate growth. The results indicated that trees produced in the retractable roof greenhouses, were significantly larger plants for caliper and height. Two-percent GeoHumus added to the substrate helped with establishment and reduction of mortalities in production. All seedlings with the exception of American Sycamore, grew more in air pruning pots such as Elle pots. American Sycamore seedlings did better potted into 4" containers, but all species significantly increased in growth if moved to 7 gallon pots versus 3 gallon. These results have had a significant impact on nursery practices and out-plant survivals of Ontario trees for use in high stress environments such as alongside Ontario highways.


This project was funded in part through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of several Growing Forward programs in Ontario.


Monitoring Honey Bee Colony Health Actively


With $26,293 in funding, the Ontario Beekeeper's Association (OBA) developed a project to investigate higher than average Ontario honey bee colony winter losses. The OBA Technology Transfer Program took 630 samples from Ontario colonies which were tested for parasitic mites, nosema and viruses. Three operations had greater than 20 varroa mites per 100 bees, an indication that varroa contributed to the poor wintering of their colonies. Tracheal mite prevalence was high in the samples collected from two beekeepers and would have contributed to higher mortality rates. Nosema spores were found in samples from 24 of the 25 beekeepers. A set of samples that were positive for nosema over the 2007-08 bee seasons were submitted for species analysis. Nosema ceranae, an extremely aggressive species, was identified in 18 or the 33 samples submitted. Recommendations for disease and pest control were provided based on the results of the sampling. This health survey identified Nosema ceranae and two honey bee viruses allowing beekeepers to be more aware of potential problems.


This project was funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Adaptation Programming and administered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

The AAC's Other Industries sector is comprised of the following AAC member organizations:


Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc.

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

Ontario Beekeepers' Association

Ontario Co-operative Association

Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers' Marketing Board

Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association

Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association