Thanks to plentiful rain, it’s a big crop of Ontario strawberries this year. Diane Cooper, Strawberry Tyme, explains the benefits of protected cover for strawberries grown on tabletops near Simcoe, Ontario.

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Koppert partners with Ecoation

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Chris Davison heads to Washington

With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

Corteva becomes reality on June 3

When Corteva Agriscience goes live on June 3, the newest crop protection company estimates $14.3 billion in sales for 2019. The spinoff from DowDuPont will still be considered a heavyweight with 44 per cent of its product portfolio in crop protection and the remainder in seeds.  

FMC opens Mississauga HQ

FMC is number five in terms of crop protection sales in Canada. As Darren Dillenbeck, country manager, FMC, explains, it’s an advantage to be solely focused on crop protection without the distraction of a seed business.

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. 

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Ken Forth awarded honorary doctorate

The University of Guelph conferred an honorary degree on broccoli grower Ken Forth during convocation ceremonies on June 12.  He was cited for his decades of leadership work on the labour file that has taken him to Mexico, the Caribbean and meetings in Europe.

Chris Davison heads to Washington

With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

Crystal Mackay launches Loft32

The former CEO of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has announced her founding of communications company Loft32 in Guelph, Ontario.

John Jamieson takes on CEO role

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has hired John Jamieson as its new president and CEO. Most recently, Jamieson served as deputy minister of agriculture and fisheries, and deputy minister of rural and regional development in Prince Edward Island. He was also a past executive director of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture.

Dairy farmer is new PEI ag minister

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Food competition participants at the Royal have the opportunity to be evaluated by Metro through its locally sourced food program. Successful entrants may earn distribution in Metro stores regionally or across Ontario, an intro to Metro’s private brands or the opportunity to develop products and scale.

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Revised Delegate label

The pre-harvest interval of Delegate insecticide has been amended to one day for bushberries for the control of spotted wing drosophila.

Koppert partners with Ecoation

Advances in artificial intelligence are making an economic difference to greenhouse growers. Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands is cooperating with Ecoation, based in Vancouver, BC to better detect pests before they pose real harm.

Chris Davison heads to Washington

With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

Corteva becomes reality on June 3

When Corteva Agriscience goes live on June 3, the newest crop protection company estimates $14.3 billion in sales for 2019. The spinoff from DowDuPont will still be considered a heavyweight with 44 per cent of its product portfolio in crop protection and the remainder in seeds.  

FMC opens Mississauga HQ

FMC is number five in terms of crop protection sales in Canada. As Darren Dillenbeck, country manager, FMC, explains, it’s an advantage to be solely focused on crop protection without the distraction of a seed business.

The New Democratic Party, led by Jagmeet Singh, has committed to payment protection for growers selling to the United States. The pledge was made June 16 when he unveiled the party’s platform for the fall federal election. 

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  • Revised Delegate label

    The pre-harvest interval of Delegate insecticide has been amended to one day for bushberries for the control of spotted wing drosophila.

  • Belchim Crop Protection Canada

    Earlier this year, Engage Agro changed its name to Belchim Crop Protection Canada. Now, the parent company Belchim Crop Protection NV has purchased 100 per cent control.

  • L-R: Arne van Aalst, Koppert and Dr. Saber Miresmailli, Ecoation.
    Koppert partners with Ecoation

    Advances in artificial intelligence are making an economic difference to greenhouse growers. Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands is cooperating with Ecoation, based in Vancouver, BC to better detect pests before they pose real harm.

  • Chris Davison heads to Washington

    With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

  • 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. 

  • Ken Forth awarded honorary doctorate

    The University of Guelph conferred an honorary degree on broccoli grower Ken Forth during convocation ceremonies on June 12.  He was cited for his decades of leadership work on the labour file that has taken him to Mexico, the Caribbean and meetings in Europe.

  • Chris Davison heads to Washington

    With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

  • Crystal Mackay launches Loft32

    The former CEO of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has announced her founding of communications company Loft32 in Guelph, Ontario.

  • 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

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Food media tours Ontario berry farms

Thanks to plentiful rain, it’s a big crop of Ontario strawberries this year. Diane Cooper, Strawberry Tyme, explains the benefits of protected cover for strawberries grown on tabletops near Simcoe, Ontario.

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair partners with Metro

Food competition participants at the Royal have the opportunity to be evaluated by Metro through its locally sourced food program. Successful entrants may earn distribution in Metro stores regionally or across Ontario, an intro to Metro’s private brands or the opportunity to develop products and scale.

Asparagus display chosen by Ontario consumers

Ontarians have chosen the winner of the best grocery store asparagus display in the second Consumers' Choice Contest of the season organized by Foodland Ontario.

Payment protection for produce sellers

The New Democratic Party, led by Jagmeet Singh, has committed to payment protection for growers selling to the United States. The pledge was made June 16 when he unveiled the party’s platform for the fall federal election. 

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