Leah Blechschmidt hangs blue vane traps to passively sample wild bees in an Ontario apple orchard.

University of Guelph’s Leah Blechschmidt is the student poster winner at the 2019 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention for her research into the abundance and diversity of native bees in Ontario apple orchards. A video based on her research is now a finalist in NSERC’s Science, Action! Contest which ends March 27.

President Donald Trump says he’s asked China to immediately remove all tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, according to Bloomberg news service. That would be a boon to American farmers, especially soybean producers, but a significant ripple effect could follow in the agricultural exports of other countries.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s recently announced intent to withdraw from the 2013 Tomato Suspension Agreement has raised the concern of an American coalition of nearly 80 businesses and industry associations. Canada is watching closely for any unintended consequences if the pull-out goes ahead on May 7.

Former ag minister Lawrence MacAulay filled in for ag minister Marie-Claude Bibeau in announcing research funding at the Canadian Horticultural Council AGM in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The funds were welcomed by CHC president Brian Gilroy.

The federal government will invest $11.5 million in research to be conducted by Canadian scientists comprising the Horticulture Research Cluster of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership.

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