Fred Webber, president of the Dispute Resolution Corporation, counsels that trust was never more important than in these days of flux. The first-name relationships of the past will serve well moving into the future. 

Maintaining agri-food export capacity is key to Canada’s international positioning say co-authors of a policy note from Agri-Food Economic Systems. It’s an important consideration for greenhouse vegetables and potatoes. 


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. 

Syngenta Group announces new structure

Multinational Syngenta organizes crop protection and seed units in Switzerland, Israel, United States and China.


Closer insecticide has broader label for potatoes

PMRA has granted approval for Closer insecticide in root and tuber vegetables to control leafhoppers and tarnished plant bug in addition to the existing label for aphid control.

As the trickle of seasonal labour becomes a stream, the focus will shift to hygiene measures in the food chain in the weeks ahead.  The role of local public health units will also become magnified. 

More than 200 seasonal agricultural workers are expected on a flight from Mexico City to Toronto on April 9. That paves the way for more flights expected after Easter weekend.

While “storm chips” are a hot commodity in these days of self-isolation, the market for French fries has tanked with the closure of so many restaurants and foodservice. That’s making contract negotiations particularly tough at a time when growers are ready to seed. 



  • 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. 

Recent News

McCain Foods to build Farm of the Future in New Brunswick

The future of the French fry may depend on regenerative production practices. That’s why McCain Foods Ltd is building one of its three global Farms of the Future in New Brunswick. 

Quick Service Restaurant offers greenhouse lettuce

Wendy’s Canada is now sourcing greenhouse-grown lettuce for its salads and sandwiches from Whole Leaf greenhouses based in Coaldale, Alberta. The chain has 384 restaurants across the country. 

Temporary foreign workers not easily replaced

A new report from the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, underscores the difficulties in replacing skilled temporary foreign workers in horticulture and other sectors. 

Unique wine-making region to be recognized on Vancouver Island

The Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island is now recognized as a sub-geographical indication to help consumers identify the origins of BC wines.  

COVID-19 outbreak at Scotlynn Group declared over

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at the Scotlynn Group, Vittoria, Ontario. All workers have completed the self-isolation period and are back to work. 

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