Oliver cherry grower Pinder Dhaliwal will continue as president of the 400-member strong BC Fruit Growers’ Association.The annual general meeting was held February 11-12 in Kelowna.
Plan ahead for this year’s Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Toronto in mid-May. One of the guest speakers is Chef Massimo Capra. Early bird registration ends March 6.
Nature Fresh Farms is the first greenhouse to offer employees health services through a mobile clinic. It’s operated by the Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre.
The fresh produce supply chain in Canada contributes more than $17 billion in added value to the national economy and supports 249,000 jobs.
About 500 Ontario grape growers are eligible to apply for funding under Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Programming. The intake for applications opens March 5, 2020.
An update to the Program Management Manual, Version 8.0 will be published on April 1, 2020. One of the changes is that CanadaGAP certification bodies must perform unannounced audits on 10 per cent of their clients each year. That’s up from five per cent annually.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture calculates that a Canadian household of average income will have earned enough to pay the entire year’s grocery bill. In 2019, 10.9 per cent of disposable income was spent on food.