A trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico has been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is encouraged with the pending movement towards a trilateral deal. 

After 50 years, the Red Delicious variety falls to second place in the U.S., as Gala takes number one spot.  That’s just one highlight of the U.S. Apple Outlook Conference.

U.S. apple growers remain united in face of policy turmoil and trade wars with key partners such as Mexico, India and China.They export $1 billion in apples, about one-third of the country’s crop.

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay has announced up to $8.3 million to the Organic Federation of Canada, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters.

Mrs. Whytes, a Quebec-based firm, plans to open a pickling business in Wallaceburg, Ontario to take advantage of the area’s production of cucumbers. It’s the second most valuable processing vegetable crop, after tomatoes, worth $13 million. 

Mucci Farms is opening a new distribution facility in San Antonio, Texas to optimize service in the southern United States. The Kingsville, Ontario greenhouse grower specializes in lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and strawberries. 

Thanks to NatureFresh Farms and breeder Eminent Seeds, this is the debut year for the world’s smallest tomato: the Tomberry. Isaac Braun, greenhouse grower responsible for 60 acres of peppers and tomatoes in Leamington, Ontario, shares the path to innovation.

Canada’s apple harvest is estimated to be up 14 per cent from a year ago. Despite wildfires, British Columbia’s harvest will be up significantly while Nova Scotia’s will be trimmed due to early June frosts.