While it’s unlikely that activists would raid a potato-packing facility, the integrity and security of the food safety system must be upheld. That’s why Ontario’s proposed new legislation – Security From Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act 2019 – is relevant beyond livestock farmers. 


Gowan acquires active ingredients from Bayer

It’s important to know who’s backing your crop protection products. In continuing fall-out from company mergers, some products such as Reason are changing hands.   

Prowl herbicide label expanded

The Prowl herbicide label is now expanded for control of labelled weeds on garlic, shallots and transplanted leeks in Canada

Delegate insecticide label expanded on grapes, fruiting vegetables

The Delegate insecticide label is now expanded for control of spotted wing drosophila on grapes and other pests in fruiting vegetables in Canada. 

Syngenta appoints Christina Stroud

A strategic communications professional, Christina Stroud has joined Syngenta Canada as the new head of corporate affairs.

Post-harvest treatment of problem weeds

The spectrum of weeds in orchards and vineyards is changing says Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA weed management specialist – horticulture. She offers timely advice for post-harvest treatment. 

Shown at the OFVGA Lobby Day at Queen’s Park are: (L-R) OFVGA chair Bill George Jr.; Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and responsible for Francophone Affairs; director Jason Verkaik; director George Gilvesy and executive director Alison Robertson.

Relationship-building is key to positive dialogue on quickly evolving files. That’s what leaders of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association experienced on November 26 as they met at Queen’s Park. 

Fred Webber, president and CEO of the Dispute Resolution Corporation has a reminder.In a FOB sale, the shipper owns the loss before it gets on the truck, and the buyer owns the loss after the truck is loaded.    

The Better for People, Smarter for Business Act plans to eliminate Ontario’s duplicative and inefficient classification system for crop protection products writes Chris Duyvelshoff.

In Ontario, a compressed growing and harvesting season was only one of many issues in 2019 writes OFVGA chair Bill George Jr. 



  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Canadian spud production not enough to meet demand

Despite a 2.4% increase in volume, Canadian potato production is still short of needs. In fact, an unprecedented 20,000 acres were left in the ground --primarily in western Canada -- due to freezing temperatures.  

Better craft beer

In one project supported by the Agricultural Adaptation Council, brewery partners will have access to genomic and metabolomic information in advance of working with every yeast strain. That knowledge will impact different process variables such as temperature on the flavour outcomes of craft beer.

Improving soil health and water quality

On December 5, World Soil Day, the federal and Ontario governments launched a $5.75 million, multi-year project to strengthen environmental stewardship, enhance water quality and improve soil health.

A roadmap to managing plastic packaging

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and VCM International have released research and analysis regarding plastic packaging in the produce sector. 

BC Icewine harvest began Nov 28

Grower intentions for the BC Icewine harvest are down in 2019 with a total of 125 acres registered. That figure is off the pace of 200 acres in recent years.

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