Hazelnuts near harvest

Federal funding of almost half a million dollars will help boost Ontario’s fledgling hazelnut industry.  To date, about 300 to 400 acres are in the ground, but the first sizeable harvest isn’t expected until 2021.

 Trucks wait to be weighed at the Sun-Brite plant for processing tomatoes, Leamington, ON.  Photo by Glenn Lowson

A newly constituted board of directors meets for the first time to chart the course for Ontario’s $100 million processing vegetable industry.

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New Ontario deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs named

John Kelly, the former executive director of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, becomes the new deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs.   

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. 

  L-R: Karel de Bruijn and Ron Van der Knaap, Van der Knaap Group), John Ketler and Frank Neufeld, NatureFresh Farms.

Growing peppers organically can be achieved above the soil with a new nutritional solution developed in the Netherlands. NatureFresh Farms, headquartered in Leamington, Ontario has signed an agreement with the Van der Knaap Group to use the patented cultivation system.

Despite the challenging spring and summer, there were still stories to tell at the Muck Crops Research Station (MCRS) Grower Field Day held on September 7 in Bradford, ON. Approximately 120 growers, industry representatives, government representatives, and research staff attended the day which included field and storage variety trials, research trials, and coffee and lunch socials. 

The November 2016 cover story in The Grower earned a gold award in the news photograph category of the annual awards of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation.

The Grower, with a track record of 138 years as a horticultural publication, is never too old for awards. We’re proud to share the back stories of two awards from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. 

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New Ontario deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs named

John Kelly, the former executive director of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, becomes the new deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs.   

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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Five national priorities identified for minor use research

After several months of virtual meetings, stakeholders have agreed to pursue crop protection research to improve production of radish, coriander, basil, outdoor ornamentals and grapes. 

Trianum P biological fungicide label expanded

This biological fungicide can now be used to suppress diseases on greenhouse and field vegetables and herbs, as well as greenhouse strawberries and cannabis in Canada. 

Pylon miticide-insecticide has an expanded label for greenhouse use

PMRA has granted label expansion of Pylon miticide-insecticide for chili and onion thrips in greenhouse ornamentals. The product also suppresses pests in greenhouse fruiting crops/cucumbers. 

PMC to finalize research priorities July 9

The Pest Management Centre is in final stages of identifying 10 priority ‘A’ projects says executive director Dr. Marcos Alvarez. That’s a tough exercise to winnow from the current list of 47 projects, given the diversity of Canada’s horticultural industry.  

 

Bioceres WP registered for additional greenhouse crops

This biological mycoinsecticide label has been expanded via the Minor Use Program for management of whiteflies, aphids and thrips on additional greenhouse-grown crops in Canada. These include eggplant, lettuce, mint, onion and Brassica transplants, Asian water spinach and strawberries. 

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Farm Boy opens 32nd Ontario store

The Ottawa-based grocer has announced its biggest store ever in Newmarket, Ontario. The official opening will be September 3, just in time for Labour Day weekend. 

Names of Ontario farm businesses to be released

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has notified three general farm organizations that it will release the names of all farm business registrants in response to a freedom-of-information request. Farmers are so disappointed and worried about farm security that their representative organizations will appeal.  

Canada needs new agri-food policy

Do we really understand our true strengths and weaknesses in a world that is emerging?  A policy note from Agri-Food Economic Systems opines that Canadian agriculture has traditionally dealt with the challenge of food abundance at price levels that still guarantee farm profitability. However, we must now also consider food security and the risk of sudden collapse of segments in fashioning agri-food policy.

Asia Fruit Logistica goes virtual

Asia Fruit Logistica, originally planned for Singapore, will now be held in a new digital format November 18-20, 2020.

Support for TFWs clarified

The Western Agricultural Labour Initiative clarifies some of the statements around the July 31 federal government announcement about temporary foreign workers. 

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