Almost $6.3 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency for southern Ontario will help Bioenterprise create a single-source virtual network. The agency is expected to provide support to 200 businesses.  

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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.  

With the increase of Ontario’s minimum wage to $14 per hour, some employers may be unaware that they are at or over the $490,000 threshold for the employer health tax. Check with your accountant.

Ontario’s 200 berry growers will benefit from cost-shared government funding to increase marketing presence, monitor soil health and expand knowledge of crop production.

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Asparagus breeder David Wolyn, innovation winner

The success of Millennium asparagus cannot be overstated with its significant yield improvements, stand longevity and disease resistance, thanks to this University of Guelph breeder.

Grape King announced for 2019

For John Fedorkow, it’s a lifetime achievement to be honoured as Grape King 2019. He was photographed at his 75-acre vineyard near St. David’s, Ontario. 

QPMA honours George Pitsikoulis

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

AALP Class 18 announced

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

The president of Savoura found deceased

The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

The U.S. is Ontario’s largest agri-food trading partner, with two-way trade in 2018 valued at $29.6 billion in Canadian funds. Of that, Ontario growers send $1.5 billion of vegetables to southern neighbours. 

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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.

Must-Grow Biologics announces liquid formulation

Must-Grow Biologics Corp is an agricultural biotech company developing and commercializing a portfolio of natural, science-based bio-pesticides and bio-fertility products. The company has finalized its advanced liquid formulation of a mustard-derived ‘granule format’ bio-pesticide product.

Nova fungicide for artichokes, greenhouse eggplant

Control of powdery mildew is available for globe artichokes and greenhouse eggplant with the label expansion of Nova fungicide.

Foliar applied fungicide for garden beets

Tilt 250E foliar fungicide is now registered for control of Cercospora Leaf Spot in garden beets.

EPA approves bee vectoring technology

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first active ingredient, Vectorite, of Bee Vectoring Technologies, based in Mississauga, Ontario. Commercially-reared bumblebees deliver the biopesticide as they visit flowering fruits - a low-cost, waterless method of crop protection.

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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.  

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    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

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    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

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    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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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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