The United Fresh trade show is going online with events planned for June 15-19. The Leamington Ontario greenhouse grower will be live streaming its very first virtual tasting of their Red Cherry on-the-Vine tomatoes on June 18 at 2 pm.
Up to $15 million is earmarked for personal protective equipment for agricultural workplaces. This announcement triples previous commitments from provincial and federal governments.
The change in energy rates to 12.8 cents/kWH all day, every day is to provide stability and certainty for consumers as the provincial government restarts the economy in 24 of 34 regional health units.
The Western Agriculture Labour Initiative reports that two charter flights from Mexico City to Vancouver have been cancelled for the week of June 8, due to the limited number of work permits available in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program. Prospects for near-term help are dimming as only 600 to 700 work permits are being approved each week for all of Canada.
As more COVID-19 positive cases are identified by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit amongst temporary foreign workers, both the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association and the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers are supporting strategic, province-wide, voluntary testing for all agri-food employees.
The Kingsville, Ontario greenhouse grower is adding new facilities in Romulus, Michigan and San Antonio, Texas to increase efficiencies and service more regions.
Stewardship continues across Canada in collecting empty pesticide and fertilizer jugs, thanks to a nationwide, non-profit, voluntary organization.
This second call for proposals could support a cluster of non-profit organizations which are ready to enhance regional food systems. The budget is $43.4 million.
A 24-year-old Mexican worker, with an underlying health condition, passed on June 5. Mass testing for COVID-19 is now planned for all 8,000 workers in the region.
Due to COVID-19, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency is likely delaying several re-evaluation decisions. Growers should note that some of those decisions impact horticultural products.