Ontario Bus Tour of Floriculture Greenhouse Insect Biocontrol Programs

Date: October 28, 2015 - October 30, 2015
Time: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Bus pick ups in Byron Center and Swartz Creek
Contact: Heidi Wollaeger at 269-384-8010 or wollaege@anr.msu.edu

Oct. 28-30, 2015

Michigan State University Extension will be offering a bus tour from Michigan to the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada. On this three-day tour, greenhouse growers will see how to set up a comprehensive insect biocontrol program that really works. In Ontario, 75 percent 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.

The bus will be departing from Masterpiece Flower Company in Byron Center, Michigan and the Swartz Creek carpool lot to pick up any remaining attendees, if applicable. Participants will have the option of either being dropped off or leaving a vehicle at either location.



October 28, 2015

  • 7 a.m.: Bus departs Masterpiece Flower Company, Byron Center Michigan

  • 8:20 a.m.: Pick up participants from Swartz Creek carpool lot (if applicable)

  • 3 p.m.: Terra Garden Centre and Lifestyle Retailer

  • 5 p.m.: Arrive at Hilton Fallsview Hotel, Niagara Falls

October 29, 2015

  • 8 a.m.: Depart Hilton Hotel

  • 9 a.m.: Jeffery’s Greenhouse

  • 10:15 a.m.: Vineland Research Station

  • 11:15 a.m.: Catered Lunch

  • 12:40 p.m.: Orchard Park Growers

  • 2:20 p.m.: Waldan Gardens

  • 4:30 p.m.: Arrive back to Hiton Hotel

October 30, 2015

  • 7:30 a.m.: Bus Departs Hilton Hotel

  • 8:30 a.m.: Harster Greenhouses

  • 3:10 p.m.: Arrive back at Swartz Creek carpool lot

  • 4:30 p.m.: Arrive back to Masterpiece Flower Company, Byron Center, MI

$379.00 per registrant with a single room
$289 for registrants desiring to share a hotel room with another participant

The registration fee includes two nights lodging at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Niagara Falls with free Wi-Fi, transportation, two breakfasts, one catered lunch, and refreshments on the bus. Participants will be responsible for paying for two lunches and two dinners themselves and a passport card or booklet if the participant does not already have one. In order to participate, you will be required to have a passport book or passport card.

Currently, this event is only open to greenhouse growers. Growers are welcome to bring their spouses if desired. 

A minimum of 42 participants will be necessary for the trip to occur. Registration is limited to 52 participants. Registration closes Sept. 18, 2015. Cancellations: Cancellations received on or after Sept. 4, 2015 are subject to a $179 cancellation fee.


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