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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USDA has declared the country free of plum pox virus after a 20-year battle. It’s a huge milestone for the $6.3 billion stone fruit industry. 

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Systemic fungicide Cevya will be available for the 2020 crop year.  

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The truce on Mexican tomato shipments into the U.S. is a stabilizing deal for the entire North American distribution chain. About $2 billion worth of Mexican tomatoes cross the border every year. 

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Dr. Daryl Somers, research director, applied genomics, will be on hand to update visitors on the apple breeding program at the upcoming September 19 open house.

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