Darren Dillenbeck, country manager, FMC, at the official opening of Mississauga, Ontario headquarters.

FMC is number five in terms of crop protection sales in Canada. As Darren Dillenbeck, country manager, FMC, explains, it’s an advantage to be solely focused on crop protection without the distraction of a seed business.

The Farm to Plate spring lobby event in Ottawa: L-R: Rebecca Lee, Jocelyn St-Denis, Agriculture and Agri-Food minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Ron Lemaire, Bill George, Ken Forth, George Gilvesy.

Much of the advocacy work of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association is within the province’s borders. But as chair Bill George explains, there are times when support is given to national organizations to strengthen the voice of horticulture in Ottawa.

A cool, rainy spring has delayed potato planting in eastern Canada. In the west, the crop is planted but conditions are bone dry, especially in Alberta. Here’s a report courtesy of United Potato Growers of Canada.

The question of how much of a Canadian product actually needs to be from Canada in order to be called “Product of Canada” is being asked by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Apple juice is one such example.

Ontario’s local craft cider industry has experienced a seven-fold increase over the last five years. That’s just one reason to celebrate the first Ontario Craft Cider Month, June 1 - 30, 2019.

Geneva apple rootstocks

Upper Canada Growers announces the opening of Hopetown Plant Labs in Harrow Ontario. The facility will propagate clean plants from tissue culture, including tree fruit and hazelnut varieties.

The number of strawberry and raspberry producers in Quebec is declining because of increased minimum wages coupled with unfavourable weather conditions and tough competition from Mexico and California.

Jealous Fruits, headquartered at Winfield, British Columbia, is expanding its packing facility to handle increased volumes from 740 acres. Beyond expansion at home, the largest vertically integrated cherry producer in Canada, will be busy shipping into the newly opened Japanese market.