The federal government has announced that the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund is accepting applications in some provinces. The money is for infrastructure and supports to protect health and safety of farm workers.   

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced more stringent rules for Canadian importers of romaine lettuce from the United States. Effective October 7, importers must prove that romaine does not originate from specific counties in California’s Salinas Valley or provide laboratory certification that the lettuce has below-detectable levels of E. coli.

Green Table Foods, based in Guelph, Ontario, is the winner of an Excellence in Agriculture Award in the processor category. The announcement is part of the recognition of Ontario’s ag food complex during Ontario Agriculture Week. 

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The label for Quadris Top fungicide has been expanded for management of Ramularia leaf spot and powdery mildew on globe artichokes. 

Syngenta Group adopts new brand identity

The global company has announced a new logo for its four business units:  Syngenta Crop Protection, Syngenta Seeds, ADAMA and Syngenta Group China.  

Poast Ultra herbicide for control of weeds in basil

This herbicide, already labelled for management of grassy weeds on a range of crops in Canada, is now registered for basil.   

Nichino America establishes a subsidiary in Mexico

Competition grows amongst crop protection companies as Nichino America sets up shop in Mexico. Its parent, Nihon Nohyaku, is based in Japan. 

Gowan Company acquires acaricide

Gowan Crop Protection has acquired the global rights for the active ingredient spirodiclofen from Bayer AG. It is active against all life stages of a wide spectrum of mites, including eggs, nymphs and female adults. 

A new 70,000-square-foot distribution centre in Surrey will serve the western coast of the United States and British Columbia. An expanded network of growers will provide Sunset-branded tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, berries and lettuce starting January 2021.

 

Business Risk Management programs were developed in an environment of relative stability, but the billions in U.S. ad hoc payments are changing that landscape with serious consequences for Canada write the authors of a policy note from Agri-Food Economic Systems. 

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Nobel Prize winners for chemistry discovered genetic scissors

Two scientists – one in Germany, one in the United States – are winning global accolades for their development of a method of genome editing. They are Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna.  

 

Red Sun Farms lights up

Headquartered in Kingsville, Ontario, Red Sun Farms has installed state-of-the-art lighting to grow year-round. 

Weeding robot now on road trip to French vineyards

Feedback from 20 French winegrowers has helped to refine the latest version of Ted, a robotic weeder now on a roadshow throughout France. It’s available for sale in 2021.  

Compostable cucumber wrap is launched

Nature Fresh Farms continue their sustainable initiatives by releasing a new, 100 per cent home compostable wrap for their long English Cucumbers, a first in the North American market.

Software streamlines TFW applications

Resounding Software generates a completed Labour Market Impact Assessment application and offers other administrative functions.

 

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is offering an enhanced tool to its members to help reduce waste. Those who used the first version report reduced labour costs because they implemented more effective daily management systems.

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  • AgScape names new executive director

    Taylor Selig has been appointed to continue AgScape’s mission of reaching Ontario’s two million students about agriculture and the potential of agri-careers. He’s been with the organization for six years as development manager. 

  • CPMA names 2020 Produce Champion

    Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan–Malahat–Langford and NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food is featured on the latest podcast of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.  He’s also the 2020 Produce Champion. 

  • Sponsor announced for First Canadian Honeycrisp Apple Contest

    Agro-K, which offers foliar nutrition and soil conditioning products, is sponsoring the inaugural contest hosted by The Grower. Provincial winners of the largest Honeycrisp apple will be announced as soon as harvest is complete.   

  • Vineland appoints new chair

    Karen Belaire takes over as chair of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre for a two-year term.

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Quadris Top fungicide labeled for globe artichokes

The label for Quadris Top fungicide has been expanded for management of Ramularia leaf spot and powdery mildew on globe artichokes. 

Syngenta Group adopts new brand identity

The global company has announced a new logo for its four business units:  Syngenta Crop Protection, Syngenta Seeds, ADAMA and Syngenta Group China.  

AgScape names new executive director

Taylor Selig has been appointed to continue AgScape’s mission of reaching Ontario’s two million students about agriculture and the potential of agri-careers. He’s been with the organization for six years as development manager. 

Preserving Niagara history

An audio taping of Bill Fedorkow, the former field superintendent of Canadian Canners, is a timely reminder of the importance of capturing history before it’s too late. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum offers an excellent template.  

Maximizing sales this holiday season

This will be a very difficult fall to forecast holiday sales, writes columnist Peter Chapman. But your customer will appreciate you thinking through what might happen. 

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