It’s a confusing landscape whenprovincial and state governments, along with smaller scientific and regulatory departments, reviewing less extensive datasets, reach opposite conclusions on crop protection products. As columnist Chris Duyvelshoff writes, let the federal agencies handle the file.

An Ontario-based e-commerce & logistics software platform, Local Line, is launching a free website builder for farmers. The team is based in Kitchener, Ontario.

Growers in Prince Edward Island and surrounding region will have an opportunity to attend the CanAgPlus annual general meeting in Charlottetown on November 28. It’s the organization that owns and operates the CanadaGAP food safety program. 

Dino Farrese (L), 2018-2019 QPMA president presents Pillar of the Industry award to George Pitsikoulis

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

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OPMA honours four produce leaders

The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

Manitoba agriculture minister named

Former farmer Blaine Pedersen is the new minister of agriculture and resource development.

Young speakers for agriculture compete at the Royal

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. 

Canadian charity status for Farm and Food Care Ontario

Farm and Food Care Ontario announced its Canadian charity status at its 12th annual Harvest Gala. It’s an important milestone for the organization that’s been building public trust for more than 30 years. 

Asparagus breeder David Wolyn, innovation winner

The success of Millennium asparagus cannot be overstated with its significant yield improvements, stand longevity and disease resistance, thanks to this University of Guelph breeder.

Vaughn Bell, senior scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, speaks to a crowd of growers and wine industry professionals during the Ontario leg of the Triggs Lecture Series in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Vaughn Bell, senior scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, has just finished lectures on disease pressures in grape vineyards in Ontario and British Columbia.

Chris Duyvelshoff

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

RELATED NEWS

OPMA honours four produce leaders

The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

Manitoba agriculture minister named

Former farmer Blaine Pedersen is the new minister of agriculture and resource development.

Young speakers for agriculture compete at the Royal

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. 

Canadian charity status for Farm and Food Care Ontario

Farm and Food Care Ontario announced its Canadian charity status at its 12th annual Harvest Gala. It’s an important milestone for the organization that’s been building public trust for more than 30 years. 

Asparagus breeder David Wolyn, innovation winner

The success of Millennium asparagus cannot be overstated with its significant yield improvements, stand longevity and disease resistance, thanks to this University of Guelph breeder.

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  • OPMA honours four produce leaders

    The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

  • Blaine Pedersen
    Manitoba agriculture minister named

    Former farmer Blaine Pedersen is the new minister of agriculture and resource development.

  • Ellie Stauffer, senior champion; Ryley Mappin, junior champion
    Young speakers for agriculture compete at the Royal

    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. 

  • The mandate of Farm & Food Care Ontario is to build public trust about farming practices.
    Canadian charity status for Farm and Food Care Ontario

    Farm and Food Care Ontario announced its Canadian charity status at its 12th annual Harvest Gala. It’s an important milestone for the organization that’s been building public trust for more than 30 years. 

  • 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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Action against tomato brown rugose fruit virus

USDA now requires Canada to inspect tomato and pepper fruit to ensure it is free of disease symptoms prior to export to the United States. The federal order is effective Friday, November 22, 2019.

Norfolk County businesses innovate

Two companies in Norfolk County  -- ‘Ontario’s garden’ -- have received cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program to boost their businesses. They are Pristine Gourmet and Norfolk Fruit Growers. 

Vineland issues 2019-2020 report

Vineland’s CEO, Ian Potter, kicks off the latest report from the horticultural research institution. Projects range from apple breeding to biocontrol candidates for greenhouses. 

OPMA honours four produce leaders

The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

No more generic universal product codes to be issued

CPMA and PMA will stop issuing generic Universal Product Codes at the end of December, 2019.  Instead, brand owner-specific codes or global trade item numbers will be used.  One benefit: enhanced traceability efforts in the case of a food recall.

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