Weather plus trade wars are making business planning unpredictable.That’s why OFVGA continues to strengthen federal and provincial relationships in case of a rainy day. 

With the federal election approaching on or before October 21, the horticultural industry is highlighting several issues. Provincially, one of the issues in focus is safe movement of machinery on roadways.

It’s a confusing landscape whenprovincial and state governments, along with smaller scientific and regulatory departments, reviewing less extensive datasets, reach opposite conclusions on crop protection products. As columnist Chris Duyvelshoff writes, let the federal agencies handle the file.

An Ontario-based e-commerce & logistics software platform, Local Line, is launching a free website builder for farmers. The team is based in Kitchener, Ontario.

Growers in Prince Edward Island and surrounding region will have an opportunity to attend the CanAgPlus annual general meeting in Charlottetown on November 28. It’s the organization that owns and operates the CanadaGAP food safety program. 

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  • Dino Farrese (L), 2018-2019 QPMA president presents Pillar of the Industry award to George Pitsikoulis
    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.

  • Chris Duyvelshoff
    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. 

  • Peter Vander Zaag receives award

    Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

  • 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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Local Line web builder is free

An Ontario-based e-commerce & logistics software platform, Local Line, is launching a free website builder for farmers. The team is based in Kitchener, Ontario.

CanAgPlus AGM in Charlottetown

Growers in Prince Edward Island and surrounding region will have an opportunity to attend the CanAgPlus annual general meeting in Charlottetown on November 28. It’s the organization that owns and operates the CanadaGAP food safety program. 

Asia Fruit Logistica goes ahead in Hong Kong

While the protest movement in Hong Kong has frayed nerves and delayed airport traffic, organizers of Asia’s biggest produce show have decided to go ahead with the show September 4-6.

Big crop predicted for BC blueberries

Favourable weather from spring through summer has promoted a heavy crop of British Columbia highbush blueberries.

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.

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