Jan VanderHout in the Beverly Greenhouses propagation area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Veteran reporter Dave Harrison has just retired after 22 years as editor of Greenhouse Canada. One of his last features was with another veteran: Ontario cucumber grower Jan VanderHout. 

Murray Porteous, labour chair for the Canadian Horticultural Council, is surrounded by seasonal agricultural workers.

Some farmers across Canada -- except in Quebec – may be worried about their business viability without access to seasonal workers this spring. The federal government has put some applications on hold, pending integrity audits. 

The next generation of farmers may not be born in this land, but for this land. Statistics Canada does not track foreign-born farmers, but here is one story of how a fourth-generation business is recruiting talent from other countries.

Access to labour is one of the key issues for 2018. Growers are worried about access to seasonal workers, but also resourcing technical skills and managerial skills. We call Kirk Kemp, president of Algoma Orchards near Newcastle Ontario to find out how his operation is transitioning. 

CPMA is hosting food safety forums in January and February across Canada. The timing is to address the Canada Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which are now in force. 

Canadian agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay speaking to the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville on January 7, 2018.

President Trump’s most recent tweets have caused only a wall of angst. As NAFTA renegotiations restart Jan 23-28, Canadian stakeholders hope that the bon vivant nature of Montreal will have a positive effect. 

More than 1,500 food and beverage processing businesses across the country unite to launch new Ottawa-based, national organization mandated to work with governments and other stakeholders on industry priorities.

Instacart produce picker

On January 17, Instacart rolls out same-day grocery delivery service at Real Canadian Superstore and Zehrs locations in a cluster of southwestern Ontario cities. More than 518,000 local households will have ability to have groceries delivered in as little as an hour. 

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