A drone recreates an industry photo from 1921 as the Grape Growers of Ontario celebrate their 70th anniversary. Photo by Denis Cahill.

The Grape Growers of Ontario, representing more than 500 members producing grapes on 17,000 acres, celebrate the association’s 70th anniversary. 

Cider apples

It’s a big decision to pick apple varieties which are the best fit for their unique cider style and region. A Cider and Perry Production course at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute helps.

The positive contributions of seasonal agricultural workers are relayed in a new video sponsored by FARMS. For every seasonal worker, two more jobs are created in getting safe, nutritious produce to market. 

Louis Chibante, Golden Fresh Farms, Wapakoneta, Ohio, has agreed to market SUNSET brand tomatoes for Mastronardi Produce.

Ontario greenhouse growers have been aggressively courted by U.S. economic development officers to expand south of the border. Mastronardi Produce, for example, has announced several deals this summer. 

New sweet cherry varieties may be available much sooner. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Before any new tree fruit varieties can be accepted in Canada, they must pass virus testing in a quarantine setting in Sidney, British Columbia. Thanks to new research funding, DNA technology may streamline the process from three years to six months.

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Michelle Cortens, Nova Scotia tree fruit specialist, and team have launched a new app for orchard management. She’s with Perennia Food & Agriculture based in Kentville. 

SmartFresh technology expanded for tomatoes

Parent company AgroFresh Solutions has expanded post-harvest application of its SmartFresh technology to include tomatoes in Canada.

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.

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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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