The federal and Ontario governments have announced $7 million in funding for two, multi-year mental health services directed to the farming community.  

The United States Labour Department approved 317,619 seasonal guest workers in the last fiscal year, a figure that’s up 15 per cent from the previous year. That’s an all-time record with Florida, Georgia and California farmers being the heaviest users of the program. 


Fruit Logistica delayed until April 2022

The produce industry’s biggest international trade show, Fruit Logistica, has been postponed to April 5-7, 2022 due to the fourth wave of the pandemic in Europe.

Gene-edited strawberries promise longer shelf life

J.R. Simplot is parlaying its CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing expertise into the arena of strawberries, hoping to breed characteristics of longer shelf life with the help of Plant Sciences Inc in Watsonville, Calfornia. 

International Fresh Produce Association is new name for merger

The U.S.-based Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh have announced that the merged organizations will be called International Fresh Produce Association, effective January 2022. 

Fruit Logistica plans for live show

Fruit Logistica, famed for its exhibitor trade show and programming, is on track for a physical event in Berlin from February 9-11, 2022.

Railway deal links Mexico-US-Canada

The recent merger between Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern means there is now a single-line, competitive option for domestic intermodal shipments between Mexico, the U.S. Midwest, and Canada. Rail can now compete with trucks for time-sensitive shipments in high-value perishables.


Cohort Wholesale to commercialize Spear-Lep insecticide in Canada

Canadian distributor, Cohort Wholesale, is supporting Vestaron in commercializing the innovative insecticide for fruit and vegetable crops.

Veltyma fungicide registered for potatoes

BASF Canada has received registration for a fungicide with new active ingredient Revysol for broad spectrum control against foliar diseases such as early blight, black dot and brown spot in potatoes.  It will be available for the 2022 growing season. 

UPL to partner with Cohort Wholesale

Cohort Wholesale will provide technical, sales, warehousing and logistical support for UPL products. The agreement is effective September 1, 2021.  

Health Canada pauses decision on glyphosate

Federal ministers of health, agriculture and agri-food, environment and climate change have paused any proposed increases to Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) including for glyphosate. There will be no increases to MRLs until at least spring 2022. 

Plans for Priority Setting Workshop underway for 2022

The Pest Management Centre has announced that the 2022 Priority Setting Workshop will be held virtually in February and March.  

United Fresh and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association have released the USA/Canada Labeling Guide, second edition. Look to this guide to understand the differences and similarities for labeling compliance in both countries.



Recent News

Fruit Logistica delayed until April 2022

The produce industry’s biggest international trade show, Fruit Logistica, has been postponed to April 5-7, 2022 due to the fourth wave of the pandemic in Europe.

The fallout will be national if PEI potato exports do not resume to the U.S.

The Canadian government has banned the export of Prince Edward Island’s potatoes to the U.S. as of November 21. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in its regular testing protocols, found potato wart spores on tubers in two PEI processing fields. 

10 trends that will reshape 2022

As we learn to live with this global pandemic, its impacts are influencing our trends for 2022 writes Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman. 

The ministers Guelph Statement reflects new realities for agri-food

The federal government’s emphasis on climate and the environment will bring more change to agriculture.  Columnist Owen Roberts provides analysis of the federal-provincial-territorial ag ministers’ conference in Guelph, Ontario.

Supply chain pressures putting the squeeze on growers

A car part shortage is inconvenient when you’re waiting to buy a new vehicle but input shortages in horticulture have a more dramatic impact says Bill George, chair, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.  

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