The ‘Do More Agriculture Foundation’ is one of several groups advocating for the mental health of all Canadian producers. The campaign raises awareness about the stresses farmers face and offers links to mental health resources. 

Shrilk, a fully degradable bioplastic derived from shrimp shells and silk protein, is one potential solution developed by Harvard University.

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is striking an industry working group on how to balance environmental concerns, food safety issues and consumer demands surrounding the use of plastics in the produce supply chain.

Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

Devin Dreeshen

Devin Dreeshen is the new minister of agriculture and forestry for Alberta. The fifth-generation farmer, 31, is part of Premier Jason Kenny’s new United Conservative Party cabinet.

McCain Foods Foods USA Inc., the world’s largest producer of frozen French fries, is investing $300 million in its Othello, Washington potato processing facility. The expanded plant will require 11,000 more acres of potatoes to fill capacity.

The manufacturers of Manzate Max have been granted registration of their product for control of fungi on apples, potatoes and vegetable crops. The fungicide, a liquid formulation, is targeted at a broad spectrum of key diseases.

BCfresh has appointed produce veteran Dawn Gray to its board of directors. This year marks her 40th year in the global produce industry, having worked with some of the top produce companies in the world.

Federal ag minister Marie-Claude Bibeau discussed the benefits of a future food policy for Canada with Dr. Evan Fraser, head of the Arrell Food Institute. The event was the second annual Food Security Symposium.