With the federal election approaching on or before October 21, the horticultural industry is highlighting several issues. Provincially, one of the issues in focus is safe movement of machinery on roadways.

It’s a confusing landscape whenprovincial and state governments, along with smaller scientific and regulatory departments, reviewing less extensive datasets, reach opposite conclusions on crop protection products. As columnist Chris Duyvelshoff writes, let the federal agencies handle the file.

An Ontario-based e-commerce & logistics software platform, Local Line, is launching a free website builder for farmers. The team is based in Kitchener, Ontario.

Growers in Prince Edward Island and surrounding region will have an opportunity to attend the CanAgPlus annual general meeting in Charlottetown on November 28. It’s the organization that owns and operates the CanadaGAP food safety program. 

Dino Farrese (L), 2018-2019 QPMA president presents Pillar of the Industry award to George Pitsikoulis

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.


Parliament resumed December 5

Anthony Rota, Liberal MP for the Ontario riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming, was elected the new Speaker of the House as federal parliament resumed on December 5, 2019.  

Refreshed board for Canadian Centre for Food Integrity

Five new board members have joined the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity. Experience and breadth of knowledge of Canada’s food system adds to a dynamic board of 11.

Federal cabinet named

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau retains her post as minister of agriculture and agri-food. 

OPMA honours four produce leaders

The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

Manitoba agriculture minister named

Former farmer Blaine Pedersen is the new minister of agriculture and resource development.



  • 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.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

Recent News

Canadian spud production not enough to meet demand

Despite a 2.4% increase in volume, Canadian potato production is still short of needs. In fact, an unprecedented 20,000 acres were left in the ground --primarily in western Canada -- due to freezing temperatures.  

Better craft beer

In one project supported by the Agricultural Adaptation Council, brewery partners will have access to genomic and metabolomic information in advance of working with every yeast strain. That knowledge will impact different process variables such as temperature on the flavour outcomes of craft beer.

Improving soil health and water quality

On December 5, World Soil Day, the federal and Ontario governments launched a $5.75 million, multi-year project to strengthen environmental stewardship, enhance water quality and improve soil health.

A roadmap to managing plastic packaging

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and VCM International have released research and analysis regarding plastic packaging in the produce sector. 

BC Icewine harvest began Nov 28

Grower intentions for the BC Icewine harvest are down in 2019 with a total of 125 acres registered. That figure is off the pace of 200 acres in recent years.

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