Phil Tregunno navigates new ground for vaccinating seasonal workers

Phil Tregunno, chair of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, discusses how he overcame initial resistance by his seasonal agricultural workers to get vaccinated.

Steve Funk explains MNPs Risk Management Projector

Steve Funk, director of agriculture risk management resources for MNP, discusses business risk management and interconnected government, crop insurance and private insurance programs.

Brian Gilroy explains the lobby to exempt carbon taxes on energy

Brian Gilroy, president of the Canadian Horticultural Council, talks with Karen Davidson, editor, on lobby efforts to exempt Canadian agriculture from carbon taxes on all energy use.

Bob Tosh with MNP shares insight on transitioning wealth

Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower, talked to Bob Tosh, MNP, to find out how this accounting company offers more than tax planning and accounting.

Scott Hodgins crystal balls the future of crop protection research

Scott Hodgins has been in the crop protection business for 20 years and shares his thoughts on the impacts of COVID-19 on research for horticulture.

If a grower has product with old label instructions for a use that has been removed by a re-evaluation decision which required label amendments, there will be 24 months following that decision before updated label directions must be used.  Columnist Chris Duyvelshoff clarifies timelines for product use.

Millennials are sourcing recipes such as Vegan Baked Feta Pasta from TikTok.

The shift to remote work and the migration from food service to food retail are driving trends for the 2021 season writes Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the entire horticultural industry, but also strengthened relationships between the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association and the provincial government.

In recent years, the mergers of global crop protection companies promised robust R & D pipelines.  But the reality is that fewer products and label extensions will come to horticulture. That’s because there’s a bottleneck of reduced trial capacity at the Pest Management Centre says apple grower Charles Stevens, Newcastle, ON. 



Vexed by the vax: rolling out worker inoculations

On the far side of yet another dark pandemic episode, farmers will welcome their slow-moving vehicles to be emblazoned with bumper stickers declaring:  WE’VE BEEN VAXED!

Carbon taxes vs climate change: a hot potato for farmers

The cost of energy-intensive fertilizer is set to increase under a new carbon tax regime. It’s yet another burning issue for horticulture, on top of labour and crop protection. 

Pressure testing your financial health

John Molenhuis, business analysis and cost-of-production specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) worked with the grape, tender fruit and apple groups for years, updating baseline measurements every five years that compare the average of the group to the top 25. 

Wired for launch

Events by invitation-only became the norm in 2020 as the pandemic curbed in-person contact. The impacts of COVID-19 on research, new product launches and extension efforts will be felt for years to come. 

Hardest harvest reveals hard truths and even harder questions

Dejected workers gather to tear down the brittle leaves of a cucumber crop that perished after Nature Fresh Farms was shut down by public health authorities on June 30, 2020. In a recent short documentary, the story is told how 199 asymptomatic workers tested positive for COVID-19 but no one was ever hospitalized. The devastating effects of losing 7.8 million pounds of produce aren’t just economic but emotional as guest workers have testified. 

The fifth anniversary of Canada Ag Day will be celebrated on February 23. New this year is a virtual farm tour with Sylvain Terrault, Hydroserre Mirabel, a greenhouse complex that produces cucumbers and peppers in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Châteauguay, Quebec.



Recent News

Potato stocks are below three-year average

Canada’s potato storage holdings are nine per cent below the three-year average. This is one of the lowest stocks on hand for several years, says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager, United Potato Growers of Canada.

Food processing facilities to receive PPE funding

The federal government has announced more than $6 million to support worker health and safety in the Ontario food processing sector. Some of those recipients are greenhouse packing facilities.  

Pilot vaccination site opens April 10 at Toronto airport

Temporary foreign workers arriving by charter at Toronto Pearson International Airport will now be offered a vaccine at a secure vaccination site. The vaccine is voluntary. 

Luci Faas is one of 10 Women in Produce nominees

After two years of research and pilots, Luci Faas was successful in identifying a home-compostable cucumber wrap for Nature Fresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring her as one of 10 Women in Produce nominees. 

Ontario offers $10M to protect agri-food workers

Ontario growers should note that April 22 is the intake opening date to apply for a maximum of $15,000 to help offset costs of personal protective equipment and redesigned work stations. It’s first-come, first-served for the $10 million provincial program.

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