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Shadow ministers announced for Conservatives

Alberta MP John Barlow is back in the saddle as the shadow minister for agriculture, agri-food and food security. 

Nuffield Canada announces 2022 scholars

One of the six scholars named to a $15,000 Nuffield Canada scholarship is Mark Phillips, marketing specialist for the Prince Edward Island Potato Board. He intends to research public trust issues. 

Corteva names Chuck Magro as next CEO

Global crop protection company Corteva has named Canadian Chuck Magro as the next CEO, effective November 1, 2021.

Berry Growers of Ontario seek new general manager

Kevin Schooley is stepping down from his role as general manager after 18 years with the Berry Growers of Ontario. 

Photo of the Year is black and white favourite

A snowy scene of a fruit orchard near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario has won the “Photo of the Year” award from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. The Grower published the photo by veteran photographer Denis Cahill in its January 2020 issue. 

Anyone departing Canadian airports as of October 30 must show proof of double vaccination. That means growers must be sure that their temporary foreign workers can fly home to Mexico or the Caribbean with the appropriate documents. 

Potato harvest is in the final stages across the country, reports Kevin MacIsaac, GM, United Potato Growers of Canada. Most provinces, except British Columbia, have enjoyed excellent harvest conditions. Overall, yields have been below average in the west, above average in central Canada and exceptional in eastern Canada. 

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The stairway to heavenly Jupiter table grapes took seven years

Jourdan Tregunno is all smiles for the new Jupiter seedless table grape grown on two acres near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario He’s a member of the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board that has high hopes that this variety may appeal to a different consumer segment with its candy-like flavour. 

Fresh or processed, vegetables are under pressure

This truck load of freshly cut celery is destined for a food processing plant near Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Holland Marsh grower Tim Horlings says that the eight-hour haul from Newmarket Ontario to the U.S. is the last stage of six months of tender care from seedling to soup. 

Farm moms always work from home

Amanda Dooney, farm manager for Suncrest Orchards, shares the challenges of a pandemic year and how she’s making life better for Jamaican temporary foreign workers thinning apples near Simcoe, Ontario. She’s promised new bunkhouse quarters in time for harvest 2021.  

Riding the berry revolution

Nothing has been easy at EZ Grow Farms for the last pandemic year. And yet, pre-laid plans to expand the footprint of the strawberry plant propagation greenhouse has come to fruition near Langton, Ontario. Dusty Zamecnik is riding a revolution that’s taken the Ontario greenhouse strawberry industry from 50 to 120 acres in the last two years. 

Supply chain hotspots need a shot in the arm

The global pandemic continues to have many local impacts, from the ballooning costs of housing temporary foreign workers during the 14-day quarantine to short supplies of wooden pallets. One spot of good news is the vaccination clinic at the Ontario Food Terminal where just under 6,900 frontline workers, agri-business staff and immediate families were vaccinated in May. This young worker is scooping up bundles of fresh rhubarb to fulfill an order at the terminal’s farmers’ market. 

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Kyle Oakley explains his tunnel vision

Apple grower Kyle Oakley and his family have transitioned to market gardeners in the last decade with the help of high tunnels. It’s an example of the trend to more protected and controlled environments.

Evan Fraser shares insight on food sovereignty

Dr. Evan Fraser, director of the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute, comments on the competitive pressures within today’s food system and shares his perspective on what’s needed for the next generation of farmers.

Amanda Dooney shares her resilience tips as farm manager

Amanda Dooney shares with The Grower how stable accommodations and accommodating change have kept temporary foreign workers happy and safe during the pandemic.

Dusty Zamecnik talks about the Ontario berry revolution

Dusty Zamecnik discusses the new technologies that are driving his greenhouse expansion, including global genetics for best flavour.

Bill Moons shares updates to the Bayer potato portfolio

Potato growers welcome new products and label extensions that offer options for chemistry rotations.

The Rural Ontario Institute has announced its 19 current and emerging leaders from across the province for the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). Vegetable grower Christopher Sopuch is one of the eager participants starting in November 2021. 

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Fruit Logistica delayed until April 2022

The produce industry’s biggest international trade show, Fruit Logistica, has been postponed to April 5-7, 2022 due to the fourth wave of the pandemic in Europe.

Guest workers in US at all-time high

The United States Labour Department approved 317,619 seasonal guest workers in the last fiscal year, a figure that’s up 15 per cent from the previous year. That’s an all-time record with Florida, Georgia and California farmers being the heaviest users of the program. 

Gene-edited strawberries promise longer shelf life

J.R. Simplot is parlaying its CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing expertise into the arena of strawberries, hoping to breed characteristics of longer shelf life with the help of Plant Sciences Inc in Watsonville, Calfornia. 

International Fresh Produce Association is new name for merger

The U.S.-based Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh have announced that the merged organizations will be called International Fresh Produce Association, effective January 2022. 

Railway deal links Mexico-US-Canada

The recent merger between Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern means there is now a single-line, competitive option for domestic intermodal shipments between Mexico, the U.S. Midwest, and Canada. Rail can now compete with trucks for time-sensitive shipments in high-value perishables.

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Fruit Logistica delayed until April 2022

The produce industry’s biggest international trade show, Fruit Logistica, has been postponed to April 5-7, 2022 due to the fourth wave of the pandemic in Europe.

The fallout will be national if PEI potato exports do not resume to the U.S.

The Canadian government has banned the export of Prince Edward Island’s potatoes to the U.S. as of November 21. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in its regular testing protocols, found potato wart spores on tubers in two PEI processing fields. 

10 trends that will reshape 2022

As we learn to live with this global pandemic, its impacts are influencing our trends for 2022 writes Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman. 

The ministers Guelph Statement reflects new realities for agri-food

The federal government’s emphasis on climate and the environment will bring more change to agriculture.  Columnist Owen Roberts provides analysis of the federal-provincial-territorial ag ministers’ conference in Guelph, Ontario.

Supply chain pressures putting the squeeze on growers

A car part shortage is inconvenient when you’re waiting to buy a new vehicle but input shortages in horticulture have a more dramatic impact says Bill George, chair, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.  

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