Ultimately, we’re already on the right path with a science-based system that evaluates and minimizes risks of new technology while leveraging its benefits, writes columnist Chris Duyvelshoff.
Columnist Owen Roberts asks several questions about how trade shows will adapt. There are many with a lot of suppliers and companies, but with fewer end users. Will they make a comeback after the pandemic? Will companies be as willing to buy a booth? Will people feel safe going there?
For growers, the fear of an outbreak is real – not just of the obvious health implications, but also the broader economic impact an outbreak and associated quarantine-induced shutdown will bring.
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has reported the COVID-19 linked death of a seasonal worker on June 20. He was employed with the vegetable farm, Scotlynn Group, Vittoria, Ontario.
Essex County leaders have partnered with Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers to improve the health of safety of the agri-food sector by increasing COVID-1 testing.
For the most part, #plant2020 has gone well for potatoes. But as Kevin MacIsaac, general manager, United Potato Growers of Canada, explains, challenges remain to clean up the old crop at a later than normal date as the new crop is on schedule.
The Greenbelt Foundation has identified that vertical farming as well as several fruits and vegetables are ripe for expansion in Ontario’s $2.2 billion horticultural sector. They are garlic, eggplant, sweet potatoes, fresh grapes, pears and strawberries. Jeff Tigchelaar, Jordan, Ontario is one berry grower enjoying robust sales at the Ontario Food Terminal.
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is working with Second Harvest to apply for funding from the $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program. Answer this poll by June 23 if you have produce surpluses.