Ontario's government is investing in research to prevent or control costly crop diseases and pests and improve production practices for fruit and vegetable growers.

Stéphane Roy

Quebec greenhouse grower Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son are reported missing in northern Quebec as his helicopter failed to return from a fishing trip. He is the founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

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  • Stéphane Roy
    Greenhouse grower missing on fishing trip

    Quebec greenhouse grower Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son are reported missing in northern Quebec as his helicopter failed to return from a fishing trip. He is the founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

  • (L-R) Wayne Easter and Ron Lemaire, president, CPMA
    CPMA names produce champion

    Member of Parliament Wayne Easter is named 2019 Produce Champion.  The Canadian Produce Marketing Association applauds the PEI member’s support of the produce industry and his effectiveness in bringing forward industry issues on Parliament Hill.

  • Ontario ag minister Ernie Hardeman, left, and Toby Barrett, parliamentary assistant.
    Hardeman welcomes parliamentary assistant

    As part of Ontario’s cabinet overhaul, other changes are also underway. On June 26, agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman welcomed Toby Barrett as parliamentary assistant for agriculture and food.

  • Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon

    For more than 35 years the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon has marked the opening of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival by showcasing Canadian personalities and celebrating the annual grape harvest. This year’s guest is Brent Butt. 

  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Ontario's government is investing in research to prevent or control costly crop diseases and pests and improve production practices for fruit and vegetable growers.

Greenhouse grower missing on fishing trip

Quebec greenhouse grower Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son are reported missing in northern Quebec as his helicopter failed to return from a fishing trip. He is the founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

A new pale-coloured mini cucumber

NatureFresh Farms is adding a new pale-coloured cucumber to its offerings.  It’s called Unveiled Mini Cucumbers with packaging that communicates plenty of social media channels.

New agri-food immigration pilot

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