The federal government has committed $5 million toward Brock University’s new Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute. Pictured at the announcement from left are Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle, Brock President Gervan Fearon, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute Director Debbie Inglis, Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon, Brock Chemistry Instructor Paul Zelisko and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey.

A $5-million investment by the federal government will allow Brock University to create a landmark facility that will make Niagara a research and innovation leader in bioagriculture, bioscience and chemical manufacturing sectors.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first active ingredient, Vectorite, of Bee Vectoring Technologies, based in Mississauga, Ontario. Commercially-reared bumblebees deliver the biopesticide as they visit flowering fruits - a low-cost, waterless method of crop protection.

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Trade tensions and rising tariffs took a big bite out of American apple exports in 2018reducing the value from $1.1 billion in 2017 to $854 million in 2018.Growers are looking to Mexico and Canada to find a home for their 2019 crop. 

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  • Blaine Pedersen
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  • Ellie Stauffer, senior champion; Ryley Mappin, junior champion
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    Passionate and politic – that’s the best way to describe this year’s crop of Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture who competed at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 2. This year’s senior champion was Ellie Stauffer from Alberta. The junior champion was also an Albertan:  Ryley Mappin. 

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