The Brant County Agricultural Awareness Committee was awarded the Farm & Food Care Champion Award for 2019. Farm & Food Care past chair Bruce Christie (left) and current board member Crispin Colvin (right) presented the award to committee members Barbara Sheardown and Jayne Miller.

The Brant County Agricultural Awareness Committee has been named 2019 recipient of Farm & Food Care Ontario’s Champion Award for its Bite of Brant program. Educational programs like these bring the story of agriculture close to home for school-aged children.

China has banned imports from two major Canadian canola suppliers, sending waves of uncertainty throughout agricultural supply chains across the country. It’s a cautionary tale for horticulture. For British Columbia growers who exported $27 million of cherries to China in 2018, the timing couldn’t be better for access to the Japanese market for the first time in 2019.

The B.C. Tree Fruits Cooperative has appointed two new senior executives –Todd McMyn as chief executive officer (CEO) and Ross Dwhytie as chief financial officer (CFO). The Kelowna-based cooperative represents more than 400 local grower families.

After more than a decade of serving the agri-food sector in Ontario, the Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) will be transferring its resources to industry allies and winding down its operations on April 30, 2019.

Bernadette Hamel, Metro Richelieu, receives a CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo courtesy CPMA.

A number of hard-working produce veterans emerged from the trenches and into the spotlight at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association conference and trade show in Montreal. One was Bernadette Hamel, a long-time Metro produce buyer and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Another was Les Mallard, vice-president sales for Fyffes North America who was named The Packer’s Canadian Person of the Year.

CEO David Karwacki of the Star Group talked about several initiatives to lessen plastic load at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show. new website is now easier to use for all your questions about ag-recycling. Learn what to recycle and where, recycling programs by province, and how to get promotional material to advocate for ag-recycling.

L-R: Matthias Oppenlaender, chair, Grape Growers of Ontario, presents the 2019 Award of Merit to Ken Forth, flanked by Bill Schenck, vice-chair.

Ken Forth is the recipient of Grape Growers of Ontario 2019 Award of Merit.  The broccoli grower is president of the Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Service (FARMS), and has dedicated his career to providing labour support for farmers and international agricultural workers.