The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is proposing amendments to introduce direct negotiation and contracting between 343 tomato producers and processors. The comment period is open until June 3, 2019.
The tomato industry in the U.S. and Mexico are watching the calendar for May 7, 2019. That’s the date by which the U.S. Dept. of Commerce intends to withdraw from the U.S. – Mexico Tomato Suspension Agreement and apply new tariffs to tomatoes imported from Mexico. Product pricing would be dramatically affected on both sides of the border.
Pommies Cider Co. has partnered with the LCBO for its seventh annual apple tree giveaway. New to this year’s campaign is a partnership with Forests Ontario to plant even more trees across the province.
Canada’s largest metropolitan newspaper, the Toronto Star, is reporting on industry unease over the provincial government’s review of the Ontario Food Terminal. In an April 23, 2019 feature, business reporter Josh Rubin interviewed several wholesalers and buyers who depend on the terminal for competitively priced produce.
California leafy greens producers voted April 19, 2019 to strengthen mandatory food safety practices on farms. Plans are to mitigate against future foodborne illness outbreaks, as was seen in the romaine lettuce crisis of late 2018.
The Canadian division of the Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA Canada) is receiving more than $1.6 million in federal funding to market and promote Canadian wild blueberries internationally. Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of wild blueberries, with exports worth an estimated $239 million reaching more than 30 countries.
P.E.I. farmers were well positioned to put forward their top issues when the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture hosted an all-party debate for the four provincial leaders. The provincial election takes place April 23, 2019.
Louise Fresco, president of Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands joined Syngenta’s board of directors, effective April 12, 2019. The university is highly regarded world-wide for its research in horticulture and other agricultural sciences.
AgScape, the voice of agriculture in the classroom for Ontario, has hired Glenna Banda as its new executive director. She has headed The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington (CFGW) for the past nine years.
Ontario’s agriculture, food and rural affairs ministry will lose millions in 2019-2020 funding, as part of the provincial government’s efforts to balance the books. For the first time in recent years, the budget is less than a billion dollars.