On December 10, Canada’s deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland was in Mexico to sign off on NAFTA 2.0. The same week, the U.S. and China concluded Phase One negotiations that should significantly reduce trade tensions.  

Ontario’s fresh produce industry is piloting delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables to a northern fly-in community on December 20. Families in North Caribou Lake/Weagamow First Nation will receive 250 boxes in their community located 800 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. 

The constant stream of traffic is a telling sign that Howe Family Farms got it right on its second farm market location near St. Thomas. Grower Kevin Howe is celebrating the 2019 Local Food Champion award given by the local MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. 

Sobeys bought Farm Boy for $800 million in September 2018, promising to fuel expansion. That pledge is coming true with the announcement of eight new stores in the next two years.

Founder and owner of Nature Fresh Farms, Peter Quiring; general manager, John Ketler; and executive retail sales account manager, Matt Quiring cut the ribbon along with their new partners: Neil Enns, Ben Friesen, Abram Fehr, and Peter Klassen.

Nature Fresh Farms has announced that it’s transferring the keys to 36 acres, comprising Phase 1 and 2 greenhouses, to a new group of dedicated growers. The new business entity, Chosen Fresh Farms, is owned by Neil Enns, Ben Friesen, Abram Fehr and Peter Klassen. 

In one project supported by the Agricultural Adaptation Council, brewery partners will have access to genomic and metabolomic information in advance of working with every yeast strain. That knowledge will impact different process variables such as temperature on the flavour outcomes of craft beer.

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