Ontario’s local craft cider industry has experienced a seven-fold increase over the last five years. That’s just one reason to celebrate the first Ontario Craft Cider Month, June 1 - 30, 2019.

Geneva apple rootstocks

Upper Canada Growers announces the opening of Hopetown Plant Labs in Harrow Ontario. The facility will propagate clean plants from tissue culture, including tree fruit and hazelnut varieties.

The number of strawberry and raspberry producers in Quebec is declining because of increased minimum wages coupled with unfavourable weather conditions and tough competition from Mexico and California.

Jealous Fruits, headquartered at Winfield, British Columbia, is expanding its packing facility to handle increased volumes from 740 acres. Beyond expansion at home, the largest vertically integrated cherry producer in Canada, will be busy shipping into the newly opened Japanese market.

Using drones in Canadian agriculture isn’t new, but using them for pesticide application is. Agassiz, British Columbia federal researchers are working with provincial agencies and an Abbottsford drone company to provide Health Canada with data it will need to determine the viability and safety of drone-based pesticide applications.

President Trump has promised American farmers up to $16 billion through USDA programs – an amount estimated to equal the impact of “unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods” according to a recent USDA news release. This is the second package in as many years.

For the last two years, Rebecca Compton has chaired the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario through a challenging marketing period. While managing 60 acres and an on-farm retail outlet, Big Red Barn near Delhi, Ontario, she encourages her young children – Sable and Anson – to be at home in the field.

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