Larry and Janice Lutz

The Nova Scotia Fruit Grower’s Association (NSFGA) Orchard Tour Program hosted its tour on August 2, 2018. The daylong event made stops at various fruit farms and orchards. NSFGA president Larry Lutz says discussions included managing fruit trees and crop loss as a result of the deep freeze in June. 

Freight availability on DAT load boards also set a new record as the DAT North American Freight Index rose 9.3 per cent month over month and increased 18 per cent compared to June 2017. The amount of freight available is growing faster than new drivers are coming into the industry and that is putting a lot of pressure on the price of transport.

On July 30, 2018, Cavendish Farms announced the closure of its packaging location in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island at the end of the year due to a supply shortage of fresh potatoes. The company plans to shift focus to frozen potato processing. 

Small business confidence dropped significantly in July after previous upturns in May and June. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s Business Barometer index dropped five and a half points to 56.8. Agriculture dipped to 40.3. 

The International Fruit Tree Association annual summer tour took place in Summerland, BC on July 22 – 25, 2018. The tour highlighted the province’s apple and cherry growers and also some of the important research being done. New cherry varieties on the horizon have researchers excited. 

For Keith Wright, his son David and crew of seasonal agricultural workers, the tradition of growing cantaloupes continues with the first harvest anticipated August 7. Located near Harrow in Essex county, they are questioning how long they can continue to ship produce to the Ontario Food Terminal, a four-hour trip, one-way unless returns improve. 

Foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland met with her counterparts in Mexico City on July 25, 2018. The current Mexican administration hopes to wrap up NAFTA negotiations before they’re officially out on December 1. 

Anita Stewart David Brenn

Everyone – growers and producers included – is encouraged to cook like a Canadian, eat like a Canadian and shop like a Canadian on Food Day Canada, August 4. Recognition of homegrown produce such as these hearty potatoes is what the event is all about, founded by University of Guelph food laureate Anita Stewart.

Wildfires in British Columbia continue spreading across the Okanagan Valley. BC Wildfire Service currently seven “wildfires of note.” Currently, Mount Eneas is the largest and most worrisome, covering 1,793 hectares, which is prime wine region.