Bloyce Thompson is adding extra roles to his daily routine of milking Holstein cows. He is Prince Edward Island’s new minister of agriculture and land, justice and public safety and attorney general.

Fresh produce continues to lead all perimeter departments in growth in the U.S. according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s Q1 2019 edition of FreshFacts on Retail report. Broccoli is one of four fresh commodities, along with avocados, blueberries and raspberries -- that experienced the greatest growth in 2019 Quarter 1.

The ‘Do More Agriculture Foundation’ is one of several groups advocating for the mental health of all Canadian producers. The campaign raises awareness about the stresses farmers face and offers links to mental health resources. 

Shrilk, a fully degradable bioplastic derived from shrimp shells and silk protein, is one potential solution developed by Harvard University.

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is striking an industry working group on how to balance environmental concerns, food safety issues and consumer demands surrounding the use of plastics in the produce supply chain.

Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

Devin Dreeshen

Devin Dreeshen is the new minister of agriculture and forestry for Alberta. The fifth-generation farmer, 31, is part of Premier Jason Kenny’s new United Conservative Party cabinet.