Robert Henderson

A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

Female Spotted Wing Drosophila

For berry growers, Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is an invasive pest which is causing more damage, earlier every season. Michigan State University researchers are hosting the latest results of U.S.-led biological control in an upcoming webinar. 

President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation on January 8 in Nashville, Tennessee.   

For the first time in 25 years, an American president addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation. With 7,400 farmers in attendance, he spoke only briefly about ongoing NAFTA negotiations. 

Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farms in Aylmer, Ont.

Ontario increase to minimum took effect January 1, 2018 from $11.60 to $14. Kevin Howe of Howe Family Farms in Aylmer, Ont., talks to the CBC about the impact of higher minimum wage will have on the local food supply.

: In the U.S., wage rates are rising for temporary agricultural workers. Washington state, the number one apple producer, has one of the highest rates at $14.12 per hour. 

 In the U.S., wage rates are rising for temporary agricultural workers. Washington state, the number one apple producer, has one of the highest rates at $14.12 per hour. 

David Thompson (L) and Romain Cools, new president of the World Potato Congress.

Romain Cools, a Belgian, is the first European president of the World Potato Congress. The 10th triennial conference is slated for Cusco, Peru from May 27-31.

Two Canadian potato companies have released potato varieties with a nod to Canada’s 150th anniversary. Named AAC Confederation and AAC Canada Gold-Dorée, they meet today’s consumer demands for taste and texture.

Leamington fire rescue truck

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat as Canadian greenhouses are cleaned for the next crop. Forty-five workers have been sent to emergency in the last month.

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