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Farm Credit Canada has partnered with the Do More Agriculture Foundation to form a mental health support network for those coping with mental illness.

L-R: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Ray Keenan, potato grower from Rollo Bay Holdings.

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

Metro Ontario recently held a vendor show-and tell-prior to the next phase of its Local Purchasing Policy. The policy caters to Ontario consumers wanting more locally sourced options in stores. 

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

Federal ministers of agriculture and health announced on June 13 that the Safe Food for Canadians Act regulations have been published. The Act will come into force on January 15, 2019. 

Edible Dianthus

Ontario-based Freeman Herbs is working with Vineland to determine what kinds of edible flowers might appeal to consumers. Interestingly, there’s a market for smooth-textured flowers such as dianthus.

The Agricultural Adaptation Council is Ontario’s administrator of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Be aware of intake deadlines in July. 

Ontario’s electorate made a serious right-hand turn on June 7 in electing the Progressive Conservative party with Doug Ford at the helm. The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association looks forward to working with the premier and cabinet.