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.

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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. 

Romaine Task Force reports

The November 2018 crisis of E.-coli contaminated romaine lettuce from Arizona has been studied by a 100+ task force. American experts report on next steps.  

Cosmic Crisp apple

Seattle start-up Phytelligence is now in receivership after months of legal wrangling with Washington State University over the commercialization of Cosmic Crisp apples. 

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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. 

Romaine Task Force reports

The November 2018 crisis of E.-coli contaminated romaine lettuce from Arizona has been studied by a 100+ task force. American experts report on next steps.  

L to R: Bill George, chair, Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association; Matthias Oppenlaender, chair, Grape Growers of Ontario; Del Rollo, chair, Winery & Growers Alliance of Ontario; Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario; Sam Oosterhoff, MPP, Niagara West; Carolyn Hurst, Westcott Vineyards and vice chair, Ontario Craft Wineries; Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; John Fedorkow, 2019 Grape King; Sandra Easton, mayor, Town of Lincoln; Richard Linley, president

The Ontario government has pledged more than $15 million in one-year transition funding to help small wineries, cideries and distilleries during a review of the beverage alcohol sector. 

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is partnering with the grocer Metro to spotlight winners of the food competitions. Pickles to preserves – and their makers -- will be showcased in a new 7,000-square foot feature. 

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture hosted the Agriculture Leaders’ Debate on September 24. The leaders included: Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Liberal agriculture and agri-food minister, Luc Berthold, Conservative official opposition critic for agriculture and agri-food, Alistair MacGregor, NDP agriculture and agri-food critic and Kate Storey, Green Party candidate for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa. 

Twenty years ago, sweet potatoes were an imported specialty reserved for the high holidays. Fast forward and chances are that grown-in-Canada sweet potatoes will be on your Thanksgiving menu. Since 1997, Nick VanBerlo and his family have carved out a niche in two provinces and two states, becoming Canada’s largest grower/packer/shipper with home base near Simcoe, Ontario.

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Michelle Cortens, tree fruit specialist for Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc., has started a podcast seriesthat can benefit not only growers in Nova Scotia, but across the country. Her most recent podcast:  Sensing Fruit Maturity.

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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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