By the end of May, Ontario producers participating in the Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) Program for Edible Horticulture will have received their second government contribution for the 2017 program year. 

Farmers’ market managers will be able to operate more efficiently through a new Manager Certification program; MyPick logo shows consumers they’re buying from a verified primary producer.

All the twists and turns of Ontario’s election will come to a stop sign on June 7. Here are a few ridings to watch that are of particular interest to horticulture.

Farm & Food Care has made a new print edition of The Real Dirt on Farming booklet available to Canadians. This national publication helps answer consumers’ questions about food and farming and to help people connect with the food they buy and the farmers who produce it.

Kids learn to make healthy foods in the classroom through the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Freggie Children’s Program. The event is to provide community awareness of the benefits of learning to cook and consuming more nutritious lunches at school.

After a fire engulfed the RedHat Co-op vegetable packing plant on May 26th, nearby producers offered their facilities for storing the plant’s cucumbers. All of the 280 employees remain employed at Big Marble Farms during the shutdown; new shifts added to accommodate.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts.