Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

The Canadian Horticultural Council has issued its latest video about international workers. It’s a heartwarming tale of a Mexican worker who chose to bring his wife and children to Quebec for a better life on a fruit and vegetable farm.

Ontario premier Doug Ford shuffled his cabinet in major ways earlier this summer, but kept Ernie Hardeman in the role of agriculture, food and rural affairs minister. The OFVGA thanks outgoing ministers and welcomes new ones to their roles.

Since Anita Stewart rallied the country behind beef producers in 2003, the World’s Longest Barbecue has evolved into Food Day Canada. It’s perfect timing for the rainbow of fruits and vegetables.

Ryan Tregunno

New packing lines are revolutionizing how tree-ripened tender fruit can be speedily handled and shipped to consumers. The largest peach grower in Ontario, the Tregunno family, installed a Spectrim vision system three years ago at the farm near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Ryan Tregunno stays sharp for 10 weeks as traffic controller in his computer pit above the lines of peaches and nectarines.

Clément Lalancette (L) and Ray Keenan

The United Potato Growers of Canada congratulates a founding director of the association upon his retirement. Clément Lalancette was general manager of the Quebec Potato Producers’ Association.

L-R , Wyman and Son VP and CFO Robert Marconi; Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada Lawrence MacAulay; PEI Minister of Agriculture  Bloyce Thompson; and Wyman and Son President and CEO Anthony Shurman.

Prince Edward Island’s Jasper Wyman & Son Canada Inc., is set to receive federal and provincial funding to improve sorting of wild blueberries. The company farms about 1,200 acres of wild blueberries in Canada.