A young grower, Kevin Howe of Howe Family Farms and President of the Ontario Berry Growers Association (OBGA) shared with us a report that he presented to OBGA about his experience from creating open dialogue about the changes to minimum wage.

This year’s U.S. Apple Outlook Conference, August 24-25, will start with a NAFTA focus and an interesting speaker from Canada. John Cruickshank, consul general to Chicago, is scheduled to speak in the opening session. He was appointed to the diplomatic post on March 13, 2017.

Canada's agriculture ministers say that a deal has been reached in St. John’s, Newfoundland on the fundamentals of the next agriculture policy framework, which will be called the "Canadian Agricultural Partnership." 

The Grower launched  its own podcast channel. The first episode features  Dusty Zamecnik, a fourth-generation farmer in his 20s at EZ Grow Farms located in Frogmore, Ontario. On his family’s farm, they grow highbush blueberries as well as propagate strawberry plants for berry growers around the world.

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  • BC’s new ag minister

    The new NDP government in British Columbia has appointed Lana Popham (Saanich South) as minister of agriculture, effective July 18.

  • U.S ag deputy nominated

     Steve Censky has been nominated to be deputy ag secretary. He’s been CEO for the American Soybean Association since 1996.

  • CAPI appointments

    John F.T. Scott will chair the board for the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute.  

  • Peter Quiring, NatureFresh Farms
    United Fresh award 

    The integration of the North American greenhouse industry was on display last week as the United Fresh Produce Association honoured Peter Quiring with its FreshTEC Achievement Award in Chicago. On June 13, the greenhouse vegetable grower—who first started as a greenhouse fabricator -- was recognized for 20 years of contributions to the produce industry. 

  • Bacterial leaf spot on lettuce
    Bacterial leaf spot

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Confine Extra fungicide for suppression of bacterial leaf spot (Xanthomonos campestris pv vitians) in Canada. Confine Extra fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for several different diseases.

  • Exirel label expanded

    The Grower provides an update on a notice of registration activity. Exirel received minor use label expansion (URMULE) registration for control of aphids and the suppression of thrips in strawberries and the control of black vine weevil, obscure root weevil, spotted wing drosophila and Japanese beetle in caneberries in Canada.

  • For spotted wing drosophila

    Two insecticides have recently been registered for emergency use on spotted wing drosophila (SWD) on berry crops (crop group 13-07) and stone fruits (crop group 12) in Ontario.

  • Colorado potato beetles
    Wanted alive!

    Colorado potato beetles are what Dr. Ian Scott has in mind for a national survey on tolerance levels to selected registered insecticides

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Letter: Advice to farmers

A young grower, Kevin Howe of Howe Family Farms and President of the Ontario Berry Growers Association (OBGA) shared with us a report that he presented to OBGA about his experience from creating open dialogue about the changes to minimum wage.

Apple Outlook Conference

This year’s U.S. Apple Outlook Conference, August 24-25, will start with a NAFTA focus and an interesting speaker from Canada. John Cruickshank, consul general to Chicago, is scheduled to speak in the opening session. He was appointed to the diplomatic post on March 13, 2017.

Nectarines in season

Why nectarines are the next big thing.

New framework reached

Canada's agriculture ministers say that a deal has been reached in St. John’s, Newfoundland on the fundamentals of the next agriculture policy framework, which will be called the "Canadian Agricultural Partnership." 

Podcast Episode 1

The Grower launched  its own podcast channel. The first episode features  Dusty Zamecnik, a fourth-generation farmer in his 20s at EZ Grow Farms located in Frogmore, Ontario. On his family’s farm, they grow highbush blueberries as well as propagate strawberry plants for berry growers around the world.

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