The federal government has announced a $100 million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be assessed individually on their merit, and will be supported to a maximum of $10 million. 

The Ontario and federal governments are funding $2.25 million that farmers can access for more personal protective equipment. Fruit and vegetable growers are eligible to apply. 

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Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame 2020 inductees named

Jay Bradshaw, former president of Syngenta Canada, is one of the four inductees. The ceremony will be delayed until November 2021. 

United Fresh names best in show virtual exhibit booths

Canadians won two of the six booth awards at the United Fresh LIVE! show. Best Overall Booth was won by greenhouse grower Sunset/Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario. Best FreshMKT Booth was won by Pure Flavor – Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. Leamington, Ontario. 

Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

New chair for Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission

Pork and chicken producer Amy Cronin has been appointed chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission for a two-year term. 

This CPMA Learning lounge is circa 2018.

With the cancellation of the May 2020 trade show and conference, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association is offering its Learning Lounge series online. The one-hour sessions start at 2 pm, May 20 and end June 10. 

Brett Schuyler, director of Schuyler Farms, Simcoe, Ontario.

In a region that produces $519 million in farmgate value, tensions have flared over the local medical officer of health’s decision to allow only three seasonal ag workers per bunkhouse, regardless of size, during quarantine. Schuyler Farms, supported by affidavits from other farmers, has filed an appeal that will be heard May 25. 

RELATED NEWS

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame 2020 inductees named

Jay Bradshaw, former president of Syngenta Canada, is one of the four inductees. The ceremony will be delayed until November 2021. 

United Fresh names best in show virtual exhibit booths

Canadians won two of the six booth awards at the United Fresh LIVE! show. Best Overall Booth was won by greenhouse grower Sunset/Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario. Best FreshMKT Booth was won by Pure Flavor – Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. Leamington, Ontario. 

Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

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  • Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame 2020 inductees named

    Jay Bradshaw, former president of Syngenta Canada, is one of the four inductees. The ceremony will be delayed until November 2021. 

  • United Fresh names best in show virtual exhibit booths

    Canadians won two of the six booth awards at the United Fresh LIVE! show. Best Overall Booth was won by greenhouse grower Sunset/Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario. Best FreshMKT Booth was won by Pure Flavor – Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. Leamington, Ontario. 

  • Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

    Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

  • Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

    Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

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National standards to be developed for housing agriworkers

Recognizing that COVID-19 will be an issue for months to come, the federal government has announced $58.6 million to strengthen the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. That includes plans to establish a national housing standard in consultation with provinces and stakeholders. 

EarthFresh launches potato line in compostable paper bags

EarthFresh’s paper revolution offers retailers a full potato product line in 100% compostable paper packaging. 

OFA launches Always in Season toolkit

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is lauding the provincial and federal government’s support of a completed project:  Always in Season – a Practitioner’s Guide to Local Food.  

Farmers being blamed unfairly for COVID-19 spread among workers

Broccoli grower Ken Forth has gone public expressing the private feelings of many growers who are working hard to protect their employees this season. He’s the president of Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services, the non-profit organization that administers the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.  

BC blueberry plant faces COVID-19 outbreak

Fifteen workers have tested positive at Fraser Valley Packers Inc, based in Abbotsford, BC. The plant is operating at reduced capacity while the workers and close contacts self-isolate. 

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