The Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) have announced that Col. Chris Hadfield is booked to speak at their annual celebrity luncheon that will take place this fall during the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.  

Ontario's grape and wine industry received some good news from the province. Minister of Agriculture, Jeff Leal announced changes to the Ontario Wine and Grape Strategy to help the province's wine and grape growers grow, create jobs and increase the demand for Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wine.

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.

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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.

Wanted alive!

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

The Labour Issues Coordinating Committee, which includes OFVGA, has commissioned an economic analysis of Ontario’s proposed wage hikes. Find out the impacts here.  

 Garlic growing in Van Raay’s field.

About 100 garlic growers gathered for the Garlic Growers Association of Ontario’s (GGAO) annual field day event. There were growers from a number of areas including, Timmins and even a grower from south of the border. It was an impressive showing, especially as garlic is considered a small crop in the province. Currently, only about 1000 acres are grown in Ontario, but the momentum for locally grown garlic is building among consumers and those who want to grow it.

As The Grower continues to expand its online reach, our team hopes to see more two-way engagement through our social media channels. The other day we posed a question to our readers on Twitter and asked them to share a photo with us and explain why they are proud to farm.

Peter Quiring, NatureFresh Farms

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. 

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Nova Scotia election

The May 30 vote in Nova Scotia resulted in the re-election of a Liberal government including Keith Colwell, minister of agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture

Grapes of achievement

An icon of the Ontario grape and wine industry, Paul Bosc Sr has won the Award of Merit.

On June 16, the New York Times and other media outlets reported that Amazon.com Inc will buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion. This is a very interesting development in the food industry. We have been talking about the changes coming to our industry as online shopping grows and this will quicken the pace of change.

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  • 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. 

  • Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia agriculture minister
    Nova Scotia election

    The May 30 vote in Nova Scotia resulted in the re-election of a Liberal government including Keith Colwell, minister of agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture

  • Sam Silvestro, past chair, CPMA
    CPMA’s new board

    The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced its new Board of Directors.

  • Rick Alcocer
    American to lead CPMA

    For the first time, an American will lead the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA).

  • 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

  • Eastern filbert blight on hazelnuts
    Quash label expansion

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Quash Fungicide  for control of brown rot and blossom blight and suppression of cherry lea

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Grape growers to have Hadfield speak

The Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) have announced that Col. Chris Hadfield is booked to speak at their annual celebrity luncheon that will take place this fall during the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.  

Wine and grape strategy

Ontario's grape and wine industry received some good news from the province. Minister of Agriculture, Jeff Leal announced changes to the Ontario Wine and Grape Strategy to help the province's wine and grape growers grow, create jobs and increase the demand for Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wine.

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.

Talks with premier’s office

The Labour Issues Coordinating Committee, which includes OFVGA, has commissioned an economic analysis of Ontario’s proposed wage hikes. Find out the impacts here.  

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