​ Steve Verheul

Chief technical negotiators will be in Washington December 11-15 to work on NAFTA. The official round six is not anticipated until the end of January in Montreal.

Pickled asparagus makes a dandy accompaniment to Canada’s own classic cocktail: the Caesar. The story behind it is a conversation ice-breaker for the holidays. 

 Raspberries for the fresh market.

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre hosted a meeting in late November to explore future opportunities in raspberries and blackberries. Berry growers were advised that 70 per cent of their success starts with propagation. 

Germany tips the EU vote in favour of extending the license for glyphosate for another five years. The European debate has focused on competing reports of scientists on the weedkiller’s safety.