The High Rise broccoli series by Seminis Vegetable Seeds Inc. is the winner in the Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Science & Technology ‘Circle of Excellence Award.’  Tall, erect stems are a feature worth noting for more labour-saving harvesting.

AgScape, the voice of agriculture in the Ontario classroom, announced an educational challenge that will allow teachers and students to trek across the province to learn about local foods, without leaving their classrooms. It’s a great way to celebrate Local Food Week, June 3 to 9, 2019.

John Jamieson

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has hired John Jamieson as its new president and CEO. Most recently, Jamieson served as deputy minister of agriculture and fisheries, and deputy minister of rural and regional development in Prince Edward Island. He was also a past executive director of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture.

British Columbia’s strawberry, blueberry and raspberry industries will be receiving $200,000 in federal and provincial government funding on an annual basis for the next five years. The investment is in berry breeding to supply best varieties suited to the local climate.

L-R: Rebecca Lee, Jocelyn St-Denis, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Ron Lemaire, Bill George, Ken Forth, George Gilvesy

Leaders of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council met with ag minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and other parliamentarians on May 7. It’s the last advocacy event before the federal election.

Fresh produce continues to lead all perimeter departments in growth in the U.S. according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s Q1 2019 edition of FreshFacts on Retail report. Broccoli is one of four fresh commodities, along with avocados, blueberries and raspberries -- that experienced the greatest growth in 2019 Quarter 1.