Photo by Hamilton Spectator.

Brett Schuyler, a Simcoe grower, will not appeal the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling on August 27 that supported the Haldimand-Norfolk medical officer of health’s cap on bunkhouses. Regardless of bunkhouse size, employers must allow only three seasonal workers for 14-day quarantines. 

A Technical Advisory Committee, replacing the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, will comprise individuals with food safety knowledge and expertise. Deadline for applications is November 1, 2020. 

The Woodstock Ontario show will be digital this year, delivered via video, webinars and live chats during September 15-18. Don’t miss the equipment demos.  

High-wire cucumbers require a lot of labour for transplanting, staking, tying, pruning and harvesting. At Vine Fresh Acres, Jake Neufeld says it takes two people per acre to tend to the crop. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The repetitive task of crop scouting in greenhouses is being replaced by an automated system with artificial intelligence which can detect pests and disease in real time. This bleeding-edge technology is not for everyone. But it’s a new consideration for Jake Neufeld who manages a labour-intensive crop of high-wire cucumbers near Leamington, Ontario. 

Research assistant Alexandra Gunn (BSc ’19) purges CCOVI’s donated wine into large totes to be delivered to Dillon's Small Batch Distillers and converted into hand sanitizer.

The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute is contributing to Niagara’s pandemic efforts thanks to a new partnership with Dillon's Small Batch Distillers. Wine, that must be disposed at the end of a research project, is getting a second life as hand sanitizer. 

The University of Calgary School of Public Policy argues that past efforts to recruit domestic farm labour have not worked. That’s why policy changes are needed to encourage and support more foreign labour. Mexico is currently the source of 52 per cent of Canada’s foreign workers.

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