L-R: Matthias Oppenlaender, chair, Grape Growers of Ontario, presents the 2019 Award of Merit to Ken Forth, flanked by Bill Schenck, vice-chair.

Ken Forth is the recipient of Grape Growers of Ontario 2019 Award of Merit.  The broccoli grower is president of the Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Service (FARMS), and has dedicated his career to providing labour support for farmers and international agricultural workers.

EarthFresh Farms of Burlington, Ont. announced its expansion into the southeastern U.S. with an advanced technological packing plant and distribution centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The new 140,000 sq. ft. facilities will operate as EarthFresh Atlanta.

Montreal is the host for the 2019 Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention and Trade Show April 2-4. It’s the place to be for everything new in fruits and vegetables across the country. More than 500 exhibitors are on deck.

Chrystia Freeland (L) and Robert Lighthizer

Legislative ratification of the new NAFTA (U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement) is unlikely before Canada’s fall election. For Canadians, a key stumbling block is steel tariffs. For the American Democrats, the labour chapter is contentious.