More than 500 Ontario agricultural and horticultural organizations could benefit from changes in new legislation to be introduced this fall. 

B.C.-based Terramera is set for more growth as it develops high-performance natural alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The company’s pitch team successfully won over a team of judges in the first-ever Nutrien-Radicle Challenge. The prize? USD$1 million. 

Look at the department where your products are or will be sold. Merchandising units can change from one retailer to another and you should design and develop your packaging to be most effective in these units.

Consumers say that when meat companies offer plant-based alternatives, it sends mixed messages about their traditional products. Would you rather have a meat burger with one ingredient – 100 per cent Canadian beef, for example – or a plant-based burger with multiple ingredients?

Despite significant progress on collaboration during new registrations, the re-evaluation process at PMRA or the equivalent registration review at EPA is far from aligned. This was evident at the recent NAFTA Trilateral Working Group meetings in the United States.

One labour statistician in the U.Ssays a combination of poor wages, long hours and undesirable working conditions are causing the constant turnover of truck drivers. If those conditions were improved, she argues, more people would Instead she points to a combination of wages, hours and undesirable working conditions that are causing the constant turnover and then demand for drivers. apply to drive trucks. 


Plum pox virus eradicated in U.S.

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. 

Chilean blueberry exports achieve record

The world’s largest exporter of blueberries, Chile, reports that exports will reach record volumes of 115,000 tons in the 2019-2020 season. That’s up four per cent from a year ago. 

Agrizar predicts berry sweet future

Mexico-based Agrizar has committed to grow exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America, a joint venture between Mastronardi Produce Ltd., North America’s leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and the UK-based BerryWorld.

Sunions, first tearless onion

Grown in Washington and Nevada, Sunions will be marketed for the first time in western Canada in December 2019. The seed is not available in Canada. 

U.S.-Japan sign trade deal

Some American horticultural products – blueberries and cranberries, for example   - will have tariff-free access to Japan’s 127 million consumers. Other goods will be granted access under staged tariff elimination. Most importantly, tariffs are at the same level that Japan provides preferentially to countries in the CP-TPP agreement.



  • 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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Potential energy cost savings for Ontario greenhouses

With more than 1,300 megawatts of greenhouse load seeking to connect in Ontario by 2025, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is calling for proposals for innovative projects focused on reducing electricity demand from indoor agriculture. Total available funding is up to $2.5 million. IESO will accept proposals from November 18, 2019 to February 14, 2020. 

Registration open for Cool Climate Wine Symposium

The world will be welcomed to the vineyards of Ontario’s grape and wine industry from July 12-16, 2020. It’s the first time to host the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium.  

BC cranberry harvest is half completed

British Columbia’s 80 cranberry growers have completed half of the harvest from 6,300 acres. Quality is good but quantity is down from last year’s bumper crop.

Kams Growers Supply adds Bioline brand

Kam’s Growers Supply is teaming up with the Bioline brand of biological control.  It’s a growing trend of learning how to integrate biologicals and traditional methods of pest control.

Plum pox virus eradicated in U.S.

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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