Walmart is not the top grocery retailer in Canada in sales– Loblaw has that distinction --  but it is globally with in-store net sales of about $503 billion. Of that number, $49 billion is in on-line net sales, a sales channel that’s expected to double in value in the next five years.

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Apeel goes global

The California company that has engineered an edible covering for fruits and vegetables is opening offices in key countries:  Mexico, Netherlands and Peru. 

Action against tomato brown rugose fruit virus

USDA now requires Canada to inspect tomato and pepper fruit to ensure it is free of disease symptoms prior to export to the United States. The federal order is effective Friday, November 22, 2019.

Houwelings defends intellectual property

A United States Court of Appeals has affirmed the validity of Houweling’s UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse patent. 

Guelph Equinox asparagus launched in Europe

Global Plant Genetics has officially launched the Guelph Equinox asparagus variety in Europe. This is a milestone for Fox Seeds of Canada, incorporated in February 2012. 

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. 

The race is on to harvest the Canadian potato crop by early October. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager, United Potato Growers of Canada, shares an in-depth report from a board of directors’ meeting on September 10.

A multi-year deal with Kraft Heinz Canada ensures that Highbury Canco, its employees and contracted growers in the Leamington, Ontario area will continue producing brands such as Heinz beans, Heinz tomato juice and Classico pasta sauce.

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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Apeel goes global

The California company that has engineered an edible covering for fruits and vegetables is opening offices in key countries:  Mexico, Netherlands and Peru. 

Action against tomato brown rugose fruit virus

USDA now requires Canada to inspect tomato and pepper fruit to ensure it is free of disease symptoms prior to export to the United States. The federal order is effective Friday, November 22, 2019.

Houwelings defends intellectual property

A United States Court of Appeals has affirmed the validity of Houweling’s UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse patent. 

Guelph Equinox asparagus launched in Europe

Global Plant Genetics has officially launched the Guelph Equinox asparagus variety in Europe. This is a milestone for Fox Seeds of Canada, incorporated in February 2012. 

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. 

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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The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

Manitoba agriculture minister named

Former farmer Blaine Pedersen is the new minister of agriculture and resource development.

Young speakers for agriculture compete at the Royal

Passionate and politic – that’s the best way to describe this year’s crop of Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture who competed at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 2. This year’s senior champion was Ellie Stauffer from Alberta. The junior champion was also an Albertan:  Ryley Mappin. 

Canadian charity status for Farm and Food Care Ontario

Farm and Food Care Ontario announced its Canadian charity status at its 12th annual Harvest Gala. It’s an important milestone for the organization that’s been building public trust for more than 30 years. 

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.

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  • OPMA honours four produce leaders

    The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

  • Blaine Pedersen
    Manitoba agriculture minister named

    Former farmer Blaine Pedersen is the new minister of agriculture and resource development.

  • Ellie Stauffer, senior champion; Ryley Mappin, junior champion
    Young speakers for agriculture compete at the Royal

    Passionate and politic – that’s the best way to describe this year’s crop of Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture who competed at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 2. This year’s senior champion was Ellie Stauffer from Alberta. The junior champion was also an Albertan:  Ryley Mappin. 

  • The mandate of Farm & Food Care Ontario is to build public trust about farming practices.
    Canadian charity status for Farm and Food Care Ontario

    Farm and Food Care Ontario announced its Canadian charity status at its 12th annual Harvest Gala. It’s an important milestone for the organization that’s been building public trust for more than 30 years. 

  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

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

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    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.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    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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Carrot crop late in the bin

A surprise snow storm in southern Ontario on November 11 has bogged down harvesting of root vegetables. Anywhere from 20 to 50 per cent of the carrot crop is yet to be dug, depending on geography.  

CropLife Canada wins awards

The Canadian Agri-Marketing Association recognized CropLife Canada’s outreach activities with three awards in its annual competition on November 14.  One was for its Real Farm Lives video series. Shane, Gail and son Kyle Ardiel, apple growers at Clarksburg, Ontario were one farm subject.

World Soil Day is Dec 5

CREATE Climate-Smart Soils is a graduate program across the country that will share knowledge about reducing greenhouse gas emissions with better soil management

Action against tomato brown rugose fruit virus

USDA now requires Canada to inspect tomato and pepper fruit to ensure it is free of disease symptoms prior to export to the United States. The federal order is effective Friday, November 22, 2019.

Norfolk County businesses innovate

Two companies in Norfolk County  -- ‘Ontario’s garden’ -- have received cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program to boost their businesses. They are Pristine Gourmet and Norfolk Fruit Growers. 

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