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Cornell U releases three new apple varieties

Orchardists in New York state and across the U.S. will have access to three new apple varieties:  Cordera, Pink Luster and Firecracker.   

OECD reports unprecedented fall in gross domestic product

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports a fall of 9.8% in GDP in Q2 of 2020. This is the largest drop ever recorded for the major seven economies. GDP fell most dramatically in the United Kingdom and the least in the United States. Canada’s GDP fell 12%.  

Field practices updated for California leafy greens

More than 50 recommendations have been approved by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement to revise practices in farm water use and field/equipment sanitation. The action comes after 2019 outbreaks of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce. 

United Fresh Convention moves to June 2021

The United Fresh Produce Association and Fresh Produce and Floral Council will hold a joint convention and expo June 24-26, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. 

 

Asia Fruit Logistica goes virtual

Asia Fruit Logistica, originally planned for Singapore, will now be held in a new digital format November 18-20, 2020.

The Ottawa-based grocer has announced its biggest store ever in Newmarket, Ontario. The official opening will be September 3, just in time for Labour Day weekend. 

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has notified three general farm organizations that it will release the names of all farm business registrants in response to a freedom-of-information request. Farmers are so disappointed and worried about farm security that their representative organizations will appeal.  

Do we really understand our true strengths and weaknesses in a world that is emerging?  A policy note from Agri-Food Economic Systems opines that Canadian agriculture has traditionally dealt with the challenge of food abundance at price levels that still guarantee farm profitability. However, we must now also consider food security and the risk of sudden collapse of segments in fashioning agri-food policy.

RELATED NEWS

Cornell U releases three new apple varieties

Orchardists in New York state and across the U.S. will have access to three new apple varieties:  Cordera, Pink Luster and Firecracker.   

OECD reports unprecedented fall in gross domestic product

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports a fall of 9.8% in GDP in Q2 of 2020. This is the largest drop ever recorded for the major seven economies. GDP fell most dramatically in the United Kingdom and the least in the United States. Canada’s GDP fell 12%.  

Field practices updated for California leafy greens

More than 50 recommendations have been approved by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement to revise practices in farm water use and field/equipment sanitation. The action comes after 2019 outbreaks of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce. 

United Fresh Convention moves to June 2021

The United Fresh Produce Association and Fresh Produce and Floral Council will hold a joint convention and expo June 24-26, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. 

 

Syngenta Vegetable Seeds offer virtual cucurbit event

The free-to-attend online experience, September 10, aims to connect the vegetable seed industry value chain with exclusive access to Syngenta innovations and experts.

The Western Agricultural Labour Initiative clarifies some of the statements around the July 31 federal government announcement about temporary foreign workers. 

The Oppenheimer Group has introduced the haskap berry for the first time at retail.  The launch is limited to the Greater Vancouver Area to test the commercial supply chain and shelf life. 

Michelle Cortens, tree fruit specialist for Perennia, is the host of nine videos to be released the week of August 10, 2020. This is the first-ever virtual summer tour for the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association. 

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  • Thinley Sangpo, Fresh Taste Produce, Ontario Food Terminal. Photo by Glenn Lowson.
    The Grower wins three awards

    The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation has honoured The Grower in the categories of photography and electronic audio (podcasts) in its first-ever virtual awards.

  • Soil fertility specialist appointed in Ontario

    Dr. Tejendra Chapagain has been hired by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to work with horticultural farmers on cover crops and soil fertility matters. He brings global experience in Nepal and Japan to the role as well as diverse field experience in Canada. 

  • DRC announces leadership changes

    The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

  • Mike Ecker, winner of CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring Mike Ecker, president of Vineland Growers’ Co-operative, for his 45-year career in the produce industry. 

Recent News

Cascades introduces thermoformed cardboard food tray

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

Enhanced online waste efficiency tool available

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is offering an enhanced tool to its members to help reduce waste. Those who used the first version report reduced labour costs because they implemented more effective daily management systems.

Velum Prime nematicide/fungicide label expanded

Bayer Crop Science’s nematicide/fungicide is now labelled for suppression of nematodes on ginseng, caneberries, pome fruit and stone fruit in Canada. 

Mastronardi Produce launches Queen of Greens

Just in time for the PMA virtual Fresh Summit October 13-15, Mastronardi Produce is launching a new lettuce brand:  Queen of Greens. Company patriarch Armando planted lettuce – before tomatoes – when he first came to Canada.

 

Weeding robot now on road trip to French vineyards

Feedback from 20 French winegrowers has helped to refine the latest version of Ted, a robotic weeder now on a roadshow throughout France. It’s available for sale in 2021.  

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