The High Rise broccoli series by Seminis Vegetable Seeds Inc. is the winner in the Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Science & Technology ‘Circle of Excellence Award.’  Tall, erect stems are a feature worth noting for more labour-saving harvesting.

AgScape, the voice of agriculture in the Ontario classroom, announced an educational challenge that will allow teachers and students to trek across the province to learn about local foods, without leaving their classrooms. It’s a great way to celebrate Local Food Week, June 3 to 9, 2019.

Research findings into management of viticultural pests have been summarized for grape growers in a comprehensive field manual entitled Guide to the Key Arthropods of Vineyards of Eastern Canada.

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Fungicide best practices to minimize resistance

Canadian growers have a new tool in the fight against fungicide resistance. ManageResistanceNow.ca has added fungicide best practice information to help growers minimize the development of resistance in their crops.

Sivanto Prime insecticide label expanded

Growers of hops now have access to an insecticide for control of leafhoppers on hops in Canada.

Join pest monitoring network

Growers from the Great Lakes and the Maritimes are invited to join a pest monitoring network. Specifically, growers of sweet corn and snap beans will benefit.

Manzate Max fungicide registered

The manufacturers of Manzate Max have been granted registration of their product for control of fungi on apples, potatoes and vegetable crops. The fungicide, a liquid formulation, is targeted at a broad spectrum of key diseases.

Chateau herbicide label expanded for garlic

Garlic growers have another tool in their arsenal for weed control. Chateau herbicide is now registered for control of labeled weeds on garlic.

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Growth in fresh produce aisle in Q1

Fresh produce continues to lead all perimeter departments in growth in the U.S. according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s Q1 2019 edition of FreshFacts on Retail report. Broccoli is one of four fresh commodities, along with avocados, blueberries and raspberries -- that experienced the greatest growth in 2019 Quarter 1.

McCain Foods USA expands in Washington

McCain Foods Foods USA Inc., the world’s largest producer of frozen French fries, is investing $300 million in its Othello, Washington potato processing facility. The expanded plant will require 11,000 more acres of potatoes to fill capacity.

Produce shipments slowing at U.S.-Mexico border

The U.S. is reassigning up to 750 border guards from ports of entry along the country’s southern border, to assist in processing migrant crossings from Mexico. Shipments of fresh produce into the U.S. can expect a slowdown for an unspecified period.

EarthFresh Farms expands into southeast U.S.

EarthFresh Farms of Burlington, Ont. announced its expansion into the southeastern U.S. with an advanced technological packing plant and distribution centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The new 140,000 sq. ft. facilities will operate as EarthFresh Atlanta.

Update on U.S – China trade talks

President Donald Trump says he’s asked China to immediately remove all tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, according to Bloomberg news service. That would be a boon to American farmers, especially soybean producers, but a significant ripple effect could follow in the agricultural exports of other countries.

John Jamieson

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has hired John Jamieson as its new president and CEO. Most recently, Jamieson served as deputy minister of agriculture and fisheries, and deputy minister of rural and regional development in Prince Edward Island. He was also a past executive director of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture.

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Dairy farmer is new PEI ag minister

Bloyce Thompson is adding extra roles to his daily routine of milking Holstein cows. He is Prince Edward Island’s new minister of agriculture and land, justice and public safety and attorney general.

Regulatory competitiveness on front burner

Anne Fowlie, who helmed the Canadian Horticultural Council for 17 years, has been appointed to the federal government’s External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness.

New ag minister in Alberta

Devin Dreeshen is the new minister of agriculture and forestry for Alberta. The fifth-generation farmer, 31, is part of Premier Jason Kenny’s new United Conservative Party cabinet.

BCfresh adds Dawn Gray to its board

BCfresh has appointed produce veteran Dawn Gray to its board of directors. This year marks her 40th year in the global produce industry, having worked with some of the top produce companies in the world.

New chair for Agricorp

The new chair of Agricorp's board of directors is fourth-generation carrot and onion farmer Jason Verkaik. He’s a past chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.

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Protecting grapevines from pests

Research findings into management of viticultural pests have been summarized for grape growers in a comprehensive field manual entitled Guide to the Key Arthropods of Vineyards of Eastern Canada.

Sivanto Prime insecticide label expanded

Growers of hops now have access to an insecticide for control of leafhoppers on hops in Canada.

Join pest monitoring network

Growers from the Great Lakes and the Maritimes are invited to join a pest monitoring network. Specifically, growers of sweet corn and snap beans will benefit.

Manzate Max fungicide registered

The manufacturers of Manzate Max have been granted registration of their product for control of fungi on apples, potatoes and vegetable crops. The fungicide, a liquid formulation, is targeted at a broad spectrum of key diseases.

Chateau herbicide label expanded for garlic

Garlic growers have another tool in their arsenal for weed control. Chateau herbicide is now registered for control of labeled weeds on garlic.

British Columbia’s strawberry, blueberry and raspberry industries will be receiving $200,000 in federal and provincial government funding on an annual basis for the next five years. The investment is in berry breeding to supply best varieties suited to the local climate.

L-R: Rebecca Lee, Jocelyn St-Denis, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Ron Lemaire, Bill George, Ken Forth, George Gilvesy

Leaders of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council met with ag minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and other parliamentarians on May 7. It’s the last advocacy event before the federal election.

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  • John Jamieson
    John Jamieson takes on CEO role

    The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has hired John Jamieson as its new president and CEO. Most recently, Jamieson served as deputy minister of agriculture and fisheries, and deputy minister of rural and regional development in Prince Edward Island. He was also a past executive director of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture.

  • Dairy farmer is new PEI ag minister

    Bloyce Thompson is adding extra roles to his daily routine of milking Holstein cows. He is Prince Edward Island’s new minister of agriculture and land, justice and public safety and attorney general.

  • Regulatory competitiveness on front burner

    Anne Fowlie, who helmed the Canadian Horticultural Council for 17 years, has been appointed to the federal government’s External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness.

  • Devin Dreeshen
    New ag minister in Alberta

    Devin Dreeshen is the new minister of agriculture and forestry for Alberta. The fifth-generation farmer, 31, is part of Premier Jason Kenny’s new United Conservative Party cabinet.

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High Rise broccoli suited for machine harvesting

The High Rise broccoli series by Seminis Vegetable Seeds Inc. is the winner in the Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Science & Technology ‘Circle of Excellence Award.’  Tall, erect stems are a feature worth noting for more labour-saving harvesting.

Agri-Trekking across Ontario - without leaving the classroom

AgScape, the voice of agriculture in the Ontario classroom, announced an educational challenge that will allow teachers and students to trek across the province to learn about local foods, without leaving their classrooms. It’s a great way to celebrate Local Food Week, June 3 to 9, 2019.

Protecting grapevines from pests

Research findings into management of viticultural pests have been summarized for grape growers in a comprehensive field manual entitled Guide to the Key Arthropods of Vineyards of Eastern Canada.

Patience wearing thin in U.S.-China trade war

Many mainstream American commodity groups are worried about China’s May 13 retaliation on an array of goods. Chinese tariffs will rise anywhere from five to 25 per cent on June 1, including frozen vegetables.

Fresh from the Farm aims for 600 participating schools

Now in its seventh year, the Fresh from the Farm program hopes to reach a new enrolment goal of 600 Ontario schools this year. 2019 enrolment is now open.

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