(L-R) Ron Lemaire, CPMA, Alison Robertson, OFVGA, Keith Kuhl, Peak of the Market, Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of International Trade, Ken Forth, OFVGA, Fred Webber, DRC.

Each year the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) host an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to raise awareness of the produce industry. There were coordinated meetings with MPs over the course of two-day period.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its sixth podcast episode with guest Rich Feenstra, an apple grower from Beamsville, Ontario.

Kevin Folta who is a professor in the horticultural science department at the University of Florida who played an instrumental role in the project to sequence the strawberry genome has called out the CBC for publishing Fake News about glyphosate.

The Advancing Women in Agriculture – East Conference (AWCeast) held in Niagara Falls, Ont., on October 30-31st offered  several pre-conference workshops for farm women. One of them was called “the top 10 mistakes that break up a family business." Speaker Jolene Brown from east central Iowa got into the nitty gritty of the daily aggravations and farm business catastrophes and how to avoid them.

Workers continue to hold a picket line at the Ontario Food Terminal.  

Since midnight November 7,  Ippolito Produce employees have curbed movement of produce at the Ontario Food Terminal. The 25 employees are striking for better pay.  

A beautiful display showcases the entrants to the National Apple Competition.

The National Apple Competition is held annually at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, now underway from November 3-12. Entries were judged from three provinces.

(L-R) Bill Schenck, vice chair; Jim Morrison, board director; Doug Whitty, 2017 Grape King; Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the House; Matthias Oppenlaender, board chair; and Debbie Zimmerman (CEO) celebrate the official 2018 wine picks for the Ontario Legislature.

Ontario’s wines vie for the honour of being selected as official wines of the Ontario Legislative Assembly. For 2018, the red wine winner comes from Sandbanks Winery. The white wine hails from Reif Estate Winery.    

For the first time, Prince Edward Island’s $1billion potato industry is showcased in a 30-second TV ad. What does it take to produce a quality potato? It takes an island.

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