Drone view of tomato harvesting at Procyk Farms, Wilsonville, Ontario

Journalists from the CBC’s investigative documentary program travelled to Ontario’s Norfolk County this past summer to examine the dynamics between growers and seasonal workers. Titled “Bitter Harvest,” it’s an unvarnished view of a balancing act midst a pandemic crisis.  

The Canadian Horticultural Council is encouraged by the November 27 announcement that the federal government is proposing to enhance the AgriStability Business Risk Management program. However, without raising the trigger to 85%, the council suggests that there will be minimal impact for certain sectors, such as fruit and greenhouse vegetable growers.

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Artificial intelligence is coming to greenhouse vegetables operations

Smart algorithms can optimize and steer climate, irrigation and energy in daily operations of greenhouses. A January 28 webinar delves into how artificial intelligence can reduce dependency on human expertise in controlled environments. 

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Ecoation partners with robotic arm developer

Ecoation is partnering with Kinova, a Canadian-based global leader in professional robotics. It’s a step forward in identifying pests and diseases in greenhouses.

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.  

 

Cascades introduces thermoformed cardboard food tray

Recycled and recyclable, this thermoformed cardboard food tray features a water-based coating that protects from moisture.  

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the presence of potato wart on two Prince Edward Island farms. Potato wart is a regulated quarantine pest in Canada. 

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Serifel fungicide label expanded

BASF has received label expansion for Serifel, a fungicide and a biological that can be used on a range of fruiting, leafy, root and cucurbit vegetables and berries.

Cormoran insecticide label expanded

Another tool is available for managing spotted-wing drosophila in blueberries. ADAMA Agricultural Solutions has announced that the crop protection product can be used on both highbush and lowbush blueberries.

Miravis fungicide labels expanded

Syngenta Canada has announced key additions to the Miravis fungicide lineup.  This is news pertinent to diverse horticultural crops such as potatoes, strawberries and highbush blueberries.

Phosmet approved with more risk mitigation measures

The broad-spectrum insecticide has been re-evaluated and approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for continued use in Canada.  The product is used in tree fruit, berries, carrots, celery and potatoes. 

Sharpen awareness of how to avoid pesticide resistance

Ontario growers are encouraged to register for an OMAFRA pesticide resistance management series. From Jan 25-28, 2021, learn more about how resistance occurs, Ontario-specific issues and management when using herbicides, insecticides and fungicides in field fruit, veg and specialty crops.

The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau has proposed removing the reference margin limit and increasing compensation from 70 to 80 per cent in the business risk management program. The provinces will consider the impact on their respective producers and treasuries. 

Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman offers timely advice on how to plan for 2021. Food waste continues to be on the radar. 

 

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Ontario welcomes tree fruit specialist

Erika DeBrouwer has joined the horticulture crops unit, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She will be based in Simcoe.

Nature Fresh Farms hires manager for Mexican greenhouse

Robert Van Der Geest becomes general manager for Nature Fresh Farms Mexico  leading operations of a 15-acre pepper greenhouse in the central region of the country. Another 15 acres are under construction. 

Leonard Pennachetti named to Order of Canada

The president and co-founder of Cave Spring Cellars has been named to the Order of Canada, capping a lifetime of achievements in the wine and hospitality industry of the Niagara Peninsula.  

CanAgPlus elects board

The annual general meeting of CanAgPlus, the not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP Program, has elected two new and two returning directors. This is the oversight board for food safety. 

OPMA celebrates leaders at virtual awards

Five individuals have been honoured by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association at its first-ever virtual awards. These leaders rose to the challenge of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available to Ontario consumers. 

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  • Ontario welcomes tree fruit specialist

    Erika DeBrouwer has joined the horticulture crops unit, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She will be based in Simcoe.

  • Robert Van Der Geest
    Nature Fresh Farms hires manager for Mexican greenhouse

    Robert Van Der Geest becomes general manager for Nature Fresh Farms Mexico  leading operations of a 15-acre pepper greenhouse in the central region of the country. Another 15 acres are under construction. 

  • Leonard Pennachetti named to Order of Canada

    The president and co-founder of Cave Spring Cellars has been named to the Order of Canada, capping a lifetime of achievements in the wine and hospitality industry of the Niagara Peninsula.  

  • CanAgPlus elects board

    The annual general meeting of CanAgPlus, the not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP Program, has elected two new and two returning directors. This is the oversight board for food safety. 

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Longos tops in customer experience

Leger’s 10th annual WOW index ranks Longo’s, the family-owned retailer as number one in customer experience, followed by Whole Foods, Farm Boy, Fortinos and Zehrs. The research ranks Ontario grocers on factors such as products, service and quality. 

BC-sponsored quarantine program for TFWs continues

The British Columbia government spent $15 million in 2020 protecting temporary foreign workers in its quarantine program. Having workers self-isolate before going to farms was a successful strategy in preventing further transmission of COVID-19. 

Ontario workplace inspections underway

Growers employing temporary foreign workers are encouraged to sign up for a February 3 webinar organized by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.

Grocers under the lens

Fair trade? Michael Graydon, CEO, Food, Health and Consumer Products of Canada, presents a January 28 webinar on the effects of Canadian grocers shifting costs disproportionately to food manufacturers and farmers.

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