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. 

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. 

On April 6, the federal government updated guidelines for seasonal and temporary agricultural workers. As rules are clarified, Bill George, chair, Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, issued an update to all farm employers. 

The average value of Canadian farmland increased by 5.2 per cent in 2019, the smallest increase over the last decade, according to the latest Farmland Values Report by Farm Credit Canada. The statistics do not reflect any impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the critical assets in the food chain is the Ontario Food Terminal. Ken Knox, chair of the board, describes how the crisis team is responding. Look for details in a question-and-answer format with the editor of The Grower. 



  • 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. 

Recent News

National standards to be developed for housing agriworkers

Recognizing that COVID-19 will be an issue for months to come, the federal government has announced $58.6 million to strengthen the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. That includes plans to establish a national housing standard in consultation with provinces and stakeholders. 

EarthFresh launches potato line in compostable paper bags

EarthFresh’s paper revolution offers retailers a full potato product line in 100% compostable paper packaging. 

OFA launches Always in Season toolkit

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is lauding the provincial and federal government’s support of a completed project:  Always in Season – a Practitioner’s Guide to Local Food.  

Farmers being blamed unfairly for COVID-19 spread among workers

Broccoli grower Ken Forth has gone public expressing the private feelings of many growers who are working hard to protect their employees this season. He’s the president of Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services, the non-profit organization that administers the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.  

BC blueberry plant faces COVID-19 outbreak

Fifteen workers have tested positive at Fraser Valley Packers Inc, based in Abbotsford, BC. The plant is operating at reduced capacity while the workers and close contacts self-isolate. 

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