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.
Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s ag minister, has announced changes to the negotiating process for tomato and carrot growers. Together, the farmgate value of these two crops is about $59 million.
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.
Ontario apple grower Cathy McKay has been reappointed chair of CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee for 2020. It consists of volunteers who serve a technical role to the CanAgPlus board of directors.
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.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will commit further funding to help farmers improve water quality in the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds.
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.
Despite a 2.4% increase in volume, Canadian potato production is still short of needs. In fact, an unprecedented 20,000 acres were left in the ground --primarily in western Canada -- due to freezing temperatures.
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.