John Hambly (L), a director of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association and owner of Gwillimdale Farms, Bradford, Ontario visits with Senator Rob Black.

A lifelong Agvocate, Senator Rob Black toured many farms and facilities over the summer, learning about issues surrounding labour, infrastructure and transportation, irrigation and water, food security, soil health, carbon pricing, as well as matters related to the pandemic, including mandatory isolation and quarantine costs, and municipal issues.

Starting in early 2022, a freighter dedicated to pharmaceuticals, fresh food and perishables will fly primarily out of Toronto and operate to Miami, Quito, Lima, Mexico City and Guadalajara. The flights will be supported by enhanced cold chain capacity in Toronto. 

The Canadian produce industry will be participating in World Fruit and Vegetables Day to be held on October 15, 2021. Activities will underline the importance of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health. 

Farm and Food Care, AgScape and 4-H Ontario partner to celebrate all things food and farming during Ontario Agriculture Week, October 4 to 10. Apple growing at Great Lake Farms, Port Stanley will be live streamed Oct 6 at 10:30 am. 

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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

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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. 

Ontario’s ag minister has pledged more than $385,000 for farmers’ mental health, expanding the “In the Know” program in rural areas. It’s currently offered at 16 Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) branches in rural and agricultural communities by approximately 30 facilitators.   

Jourdan Tregunno, a director of the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

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. 

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Eyeing the shifts in demand for Canadian seed potatoes

Duane Holm and Jacco de Lange are betting that an isolated site with sandy loam soils near Southampton, Ontario will offer an advantage to their newly-formed Sauble Creek Seed Company and just-built storage facility. 

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. 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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Supply chain pressures putting the squeeze on growers

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