Cleanfarms is holding one-day events throughout British Columbia’s interior to pick up unwanted agricultural pesticides. Check the schedule for the location nearest you from September 27 to October 21. The service will not return to this area again until 2024. 

The recent merger between Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern means there is now a single-line, competitive option for domestic intermodal shipments between Mexico, the U.S. Midwest, and Canada. Rail can now compete with trucks for time-sensitive shipments in high-value perishables.

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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.

Guest workers in US at all-time high

The United States Labour Department approved 317,619 seasonal guest workers in the last fiscal year, a figure that’s up 15 per cent from the previous year. That’s an all-time record with Florida, Georgia and California farmers being the heaviest users of the program. 

Gene-edited strawberries promise longer shelf life

J.R. Simplot is parlaying its CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing expertise into the arena of strawberries, hoping to breed characteristics of longer shelf life with the help of Plant Sciences Inc in Watsonville, Calfornia. 

International Fresh Produce Association is new name for merger

The U.S.-based Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh have announced that the merged organizations will be called International Fresh Produce Association, effective January 2022. 

Fruit Logistica plans for live show

Fruit Logistica, famed for its exhibitor trade show and programming, is on track for a physical event in Berlin from February 9-11, 2022.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered that letting children have more eating time – say 20 minutes rather than 10 – results in more consumption of fruits and vegetables. It stands to reason, writes Owen Roberts, that “protected time” without interruptions allows kids to eat all of their lunch. 

Here’s an example of robotic order picking in a smart warehouse

Labour shortages are affecting all segments of the supply chain writes Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman. An inexperienced buyer can have a serious impact on your business. So look at your forecasts and help buyers keep the right amount of inventory on hand. 

A vaccination clinic at Toronto Pearson Airport was a huge success in 2021, thanks to a partnership between the OFVGA and OMAFRA’s COVID Agri-Food Secretariat. Bill George, OFVGA chair, reports that staff at 80 clinics were able to vaccinate 10,000 temporary foreign workers.  

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Shadow ministers announced for Conservatives

Alberta MP John Barlow is back in the saddle as the shadow minister for agriculture, agri-food and food security. 

Nuffield Canada announces 2022 scholars

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

Global crop protection company Corteva has named Canadian Chuck Magro as the next CEO, effective November 1, 2021.

Marie-Claude Bibeau retains role as ag minister

The Québec-based and bilingual Marie-Claude Bibeau was the first female to be appointed agriculture minister in March 2019. Her two-year tenure has earned her a renewed posting to the complex portfolio in the next Liberal government.  

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. 

After a one-year hiatus, the ONHops BrewOff is back. This year’s beer style is American pale ale. Organizers must receive the completed entry form and registration fee by 4 pm, October 29. 

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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.

Guest workers in US at all-time high

The United States Labour Department approved 317,619 seasonal guest workers in the last fiscal year, a figure that’s up 15 per cent from the previous year. That’s an all-time record with Florida, Georgia and California farmers being the heaviest users of the program. 

Gene-edited strawberries promise longer shelf life

J.R. Simplot is parlaying its CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing expertise into the arena of strawberries, hoping to breed characteristics of longer shelf life with the help of Plant Sciences Inc in Watsonville, Calfornia. 

International Fresh Produce Association is new name for merger

The U.S.-based Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh have announced that the merged organizations will be called International Fresh Produce Association, effective January 2022. 

Fruit Logistica plans for live show

Fruit Logistica, famed for its exhibitor trade show and programming, is on track for a physical event in Berlin from February 9-11, 2022.

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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. 

10 trends that will reshape 2022

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

The federal government’s emphasis on climate and the environment will bring more change to agriculture.  Columnist Owen Roberts provides analysis of the federal-provincial-territorial ag ministers’ conference in Guelph, Ontario.

Supply chain pressures putting the squeeze on growers

A car part shortage is inconvenient when you’re waiting to buy a new vehicle but input shortages in horticulture have a more dramatic impact says Bill George, chair, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.  

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