Ontario’s vaccination strategy prioritizes agricultural workers in its phase-two rollout. Culturally appropriate resources in English, Spanish and Thai are available from the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association to communicate about the COVID-19 vaccines. 

 

Photo taken at Fielding Estate Winery by Glenn Lowson.

Competitiveness is on the line for Canadian grape growers and wineries with an excise tax of 50 cents/bottle looming in June 2022. A Toronto Star story explains the impact on two Ontario grape growers:  Rob Peck, Sugarbush Vineyards and Doug Whitty, 13th Street Winery. 

Photo by Michiel Buijsse

Moisture welcomed – even if it’s a spring snowstorm. Planting is about to start in southern Alberta, says Terence Hochstein, executive director, Potato Growers of Alberta, in his April 1 newsletter. 

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