Looking to the future, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has created a new position of senior policy advisor and government relations.
Changes to Ontario’s labour laws came into force January 1, 2018. For starters, farm employers must print out and erect a “What you need to know” poster with the new standards and a toll-free line.
Ontario’s craft beer industry is a media darling, but local growers have remained almost anonymous. Kyle Wynette is one young grower expanding a six-acre hopyard. His Tavistock Hop Company along with Upper Thames Brewing are entered into the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition to be held February 21 in Niagara Falls.
The fruit tree nursery business is consolidating in eastern Canada. Upper Canada Growers will be managing the inventory of Mori Essex Nurseries.
BASF Canada sees a bright future in horticulture. Seven horticultural representatives are stationed across the country. And new insecticides to control piercing and sucking insects are due in 2019.
More than 4,200 organic producers welcome news of federal funding for an update to Canadian Organic Standards expected by 2020.
U.S trade representative Robert Lighthizer publicly complained about the slow pace of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal, however CPMA is satisfied with progress to date. Round 7 now moves to Mexico.