A new campaign video commissioned by the Labour Issues Coordinating Committee (LICC), aims to communicate the harm that the proposed changes to Ontario’s minimum wage will have on the agricultural industry.

Photo supplied by Hi-Berry Farm.

There is a new photography exhibit at the Bruce County Museum called "Field of Dreams" featuring images and stories of workers from Mexico that come to Canada through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.

Joe Sbrocchi is the new general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, based in Leamington. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers is under new management. Joe Sbrocchi, a lifetime veteran of the produce industry, started as general manager on September 18. He’s predicting a “golden age” for the sector.

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Photo supplied by Cookstown Greens.

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    The registration of Rovral WP for nectarines adds another fungicide in the arsenal to prevent resistance.

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    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Switch fungicide for control of anthracnose (leaf curl) on celery in Canada. Switch fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

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    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.

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