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United Fresh launches LIVE!

A fresh produce virtual platform will replace the in-person event slated for mid-June in San Diego. United Fresh LIVE! Will debut the week of June 15, 2020. 

Global virtual town hall

The Produce Marketing Association, based in Newark, Delaware, convened members from 21 countries to discuss the industry’s response to COVID-19. The virtual town hall revealed that bananas, potatoes, carrots and onions are in the highest demand.

Canada ratifies USMCA

The Canadian Senate gave Royal Assent to the new United States-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement on March 13, 2020. It was an historic event, overshadowed by the global pandemic of COVID-19. 

Coronavirus not spread through food

The European Food Safety Authority is closely monitoring the global outbreak of coronavirus disease. Ironically, its headquarters are based in Parma, in the north of Italy, part of the lockdown by the Italian government.

Strawberry symposium postponed a year

The International Strawberry Symposium has been postponed until 2021 due to the global coronavirus outbreak. It was slated for Rimini, Italy. 

FARMS and CanAgTravel have issued clarification on today’s media reports regarding temporary foreign workers. The horticultural sector’s strategy document is before the Prime Minister and Cabinet tonight, March 18th.  

Despite best lobby efforts of agriculture’s leaders, the federal government has announced that seasonal agricultural workers from the Caribbean and Mexico cannot land in Canada effective March 18 at 12:01 am. While 8,000 workers are already in Ontario, another 22,000 were expected over coming months for the 2020 crop year.  

The Canadian Senate gave Royal Assent to the new United States-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement on March 13, 2020. It was an historic event, overshadowed by the global pandemic of COVID-19. 

RELATED NEWS

United Fresh launches LIVE!

A fresh produce virtual platform will replace the in-person event slated for mid-June in San Diego. United Fresh LIVE! Will debut the week of June 15, 2020. 

Global virtual town hall

The Produce Marketing Association, based in Newark, Delaware, convened members from 21 countries to discuss the industry’s response to COVID-19. The virtual town hall revealed that bananas, potatoes, carrots and onions are in the highest demand.

U.S. Apple Association: guest workers urgently needed

The U.S. embassy has suspended processing of new H-2A worker applications in Mexico City and its offices across the country. The U.S. Apple Association, one of the founders of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, is asking for a reversal of that position. 

Coronavirus not spread through food

The European Food Safety Authority is closely monitoring the global outbreak of coronavirus disease. Ironically, its headquarters are based in Parma, in the north of Italy, part of the lockdown by the Italian government.

Strawberry symposium postponed a year

The International Strawberry Symposium has been postponed until 2021 due to the global coronavirus outbreak. It was slated for Rimini, Italy. 

Fred Webber, president of the Dispute Resolution Corporation, introduced a new logo at the Canadian Horticultural Council’s annual banquet in Ottawa. The new tag line?  Trade with confidence. The timing coincides with DRC’s 20th anniversary. 

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  • 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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    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.

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Light in the tunnel for re-evaluation program

The current model clearly has some serious deficiencies and that’s led to some poor outcomes for all stakeholders. The future view is looking much brighter writes columnist Chris Duyvelshoff.

What a difference a few days makes

Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman reports on the upheaval caused by COVID-19. Grocery store employees say Friday, March 13thwas the busiest day they had ever experienced – more sales than any day leading into Christmas or Easter holidays.

Mexican fruit producers step up to help supply hungry markets

Columnist Owen Roberts was visiting Mexico, just before the World Health Organization announced a world pandemic. He shares in-the-field notes from the berry industry.

Policy and government relations in the pandemic era

The outcome of this industry crisis is not yet known, writes columnist Gordon Stock. “What I do know is that there continues to be a full court press to enable the travel of workers into Canada to secure a supply of fresh produce for the grocery shelves this coming season.” 

Greenhouse community coordinates response planning

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is very concerned about the current COVID-19 pandemic and is taking all steps to ensure local communities, workforce and farmers are protected. 

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