Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, met with agri-food stakeholders at the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers in Leamington, Ontario on July 23, 2019 to highlight a new three-year immigration pilot.

Photo courtesy Kelowna Now.

The Canadian Horticultural Council and other coalition partners are disappointed in the lack of concrete action from ag ministers regarding the impact of global trade volatility. 

Spearheaded by Alberta Innovates and the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, together with Alberta’s Olds College and Lakeland College, the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network is expected to begin with eight partners. They hail from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.

Members from the International Fruit Tree Association are visiting the Norfolk County and Georgian Bay areas of Ontario on July 22, 23 and 24. Chris Hedges will be one of the hosts, who will tour visitors through his 250 acres of apple orchards and a new controlled atmosphere facility near Vanessa, Ontario.

Photo by Bryan Maynard, Arlington, PEI.

Statistics Canada released its seeded acreage report on July 18, revealing an overall increase of 3.3% or 11,526 acres. Four provinces have increased acreage to meet the demands of new processing contracts.

L-R: Gerry Byrne, NL minister of fisheries and land resources; 
David Marit, SK minister of agriculture; Ernie Hardeman, ON minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs; Lana Popham, BC minister of agriculture; Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food; André Lamontagne, QC minister of agriculture, fisheries and food; Bloyce Thompson, PEI minister of agriculture and land; Keith Colwell, NS minister of agriculture; Ross Wetmore, NB minister of agriculture, aquaculture and fisherie

Federal and provincial agriculture ministers agree to agree on a diverse range of issues. The final communiqué of the annual meeting reveals lots of work ahead on labour, trade and business risk management files.  

With roadside markets and farmers’ markets at full peak, it’s a worthy question to consider whether these growers need a membership in the Dispute Resolution Corporation to meet Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. A recent newsletter offers the scenarios.