BC’s hazelnut industry was decimated with eastern filbert blight in the last decade, but is getting new life with provincial funding of $300,000 over three years for a replant program. One of the growers is Helmut Hooge Farm, Agassiz, BC, host of a field day last fall. 

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

As trade wars continue to escalate between the U.S. and China, American farmers are having second thoughts about their political loyalties. A majority still back President Trump, but that support is eroding.  

Federal science minister Kirsty Duncan has announced $2 million to develop disease resistance in greenhouse vegetables. The genomic research will enter a new phase under the guidance of researchers from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and the University of Toronto.

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. issued a recall on its Baby Spinach with Tender Reds on August 8, 2018 on advice that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency tests had detected potential for Listeria monocytogenes.  

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