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 Cohas 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.  

Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi — Grand Lake,  Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food,  Neri Vautour‎, executive director, Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA Canada) and Bernard Savoie from Services Agricoles Savoie wild blueberry farm in Néguac, NB on  April 23 at the announcement of a $1.6 million federal government investment in marketing and promotion of Canadian wild blueberries

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.

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.

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