Webinars and Virtual Learning
Perennia adapted quickly to webinars and other virtual learning options at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and never looked back. In 2021-22, they were an integral part of our work.
For the third season in a row, we offered our Agricultural Services Webinar Series. The theme this year was Getting into the Weeds – Farming in a Humid Year. The goal of this webinar series is to drill deeper into certain topics to further industry knowledge in select areas. The 2021 growing season was unusually humid and created opportunities and challenges for producers. Sessions covered disease cycles, the fundamentals of fungicides, herbicide efficacy and weather station decision support tools for horticulture and field crops. In total, the five sessions had 370 registrants and 500 views on YouTube as of March 31, 2022.
“One of the best fungicide talks I ever took part in. The speakers were excellent and provided some of the best information I have heard and I’ve worked with fungicides for many years.”
“The information was very informative with the use of diagrams for (fungicide) mode of action. Zoom is the best way to relay information, especially when I can go back and listen to the recorded meeting.”
This year we developed and delivered four one-hour webinars on sheep nutrition with the support of the Sheep Producers Association of Nova Scotia. Topics included sheep nutrition, ewe nutrition, lamb nutrition and balancing rations for sheep and lambs. Each webinar attracted an average of 30 participants and increased producers’ level of understanding of sheep nutrition and the importance of forage testing and ration balancing. There was very positive response from the industry and people continue to visit the webinars online.
Perennia once again produced virtual field days that delivered industry-relevant topics on work being done across Nova Scotia. Topics this year were inclusive of all agriculture sectors highlighting four major themes: technology, optimization, refinement and livestock.
Our Quality and Food Safety team developed and delivered five virtual food safety training sessions which included 55 participants from 35 different companies and four different provinces. The main objective of the training was to educate industry on maintaining and reassessing their food safety management system to comply with customer and regulatory requirements. The team also hosted a series of webinars by collaborating with global professionals to share information on various food safety related topics including pest control, risk assessment, sanitation, and improving in-house food safety training and compliance.
The 12th International Vaccinium Symposium was hosted virtually through Dalhousie University in 2021-22. Perennia contributed to this international event by giving virtual field tours on some important vaccinium crop production systems, such as wild blueberries, highbush blueberries and cranberries.
We again produced webinars series for the Nova Scotia departments of Agriculture, and Fisheries and Aquaculture as precursors to the two in-person Ministers’ conference being hosted at the Halifax Convention Centre in October and November 2022. Nine lunch sessions were done with agriculture-focused topics and two were done for the seafood sector.