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Herbicide uptake in cold weather

If you haven’t applied your pre-emergent herbicides, now is the perfect time and if possible try to apply all post-emergent herbicides when temperatures are above 60oF or 16°C.  This is May 8 advice from Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA weed management specialist for horticulture. 

Vayego insecticide protects against Colorado potato beetle

Bayer Crop Science is announcing the registration of the active ingredient, tetraniliprole, which will be marketed as Vayego insecticide to potato growers. 

BioLink herbicide registered for Canada

Westbridge Agricultural Products is launching BioLink herbicide, approved for both organic and conventional growers.  

Ontario crop protection fruit guides now ready

The popular fruit crop protection guides are now available as five stand-alone publications for apples, berries, grapes, tender fruit and tree nuts. 

Aim herbicide label expanded for tree nuts

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has approved a label expansion registration for Aim herbicide to control weeds and suckers on tree nuts in Canada. 

 

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

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Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

New chair for Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission

Pork and chicken producer Amy Cronin has been appointed chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission for a two-year term. 

Nature Fresh Farms hires director of marketing

Seasoned advertising veteran Stephanie Swatkow is the new director of marketing for greenhouse grower Nature Fresh Farms. 

The Grower columnist interviewed on CBC Radio

In the May issue of The Grower, columnist Owen Roberts put forward a perspective that’s not often heard in the mainstream media. And that’s the view that  foreign workers are professionals. CBC Radio contacted him for a series of cross-Canada interviews on April 28.   

Neil Currie joins Bioenterprise

The former general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture is joining Bioenterprise Corporation. He will be offering counsel to producers and producer associations. 

Ray Keenan, chair, United Potato Growers of Canada.

Demand for processing potatoes has collapsed resulting in 760 million pounds of 2019-harvested potatoes still in storage. When combined with unsold seed potatoes, the lost value is $105 million according to United Potato Growers of Canada. 

 

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Ontario and Atlantic Canada have received about three-quarters of the foreign temporary workers compared to workers requested at this juncture. British Columbia and Quebec are faring worse with 54 per cent and 50 per cent respectively. These numbers are accurate for April 30. 

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Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers applaud the announcement of financial supports from the federal and provincial governments to protect agricultural workers on Ontario farms during the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s a 70% cost-share program up to $7,500 per farm. 

The federal government has announced a $100 million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be assessed individually on their merit, and will be supported to a maximum of $10 million. 

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Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

Online food safety workshops on offer

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and NSF Canada are offering online food safety workshops beginning in June.  

Farmers eligible for Canada Emergency Business Account

Some of the gaps in emergency funding are being filled as the federal government announced on May 19 that more businesses are eligible for the $40,000 interest-free loan under CEBA.  

The Conversation about the importance of seasonal workers

The Canadian media have spotlighted the necessity of seasonal workers in the agri-food chain. Bethany Hastle, assistant professor of law at the University of British Columbia, shares her view at The Conversation Canada.com   

Ontario farmers markets learn to adapt

Modified, yes!  Delayed, maybe. But only five of 180 Ontario farmers’ markets have cancelled for the 2020 season. 

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