Michelle Broom

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

On opening day of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. announced its name change to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. to better reflect the company’s mission. The Kingsville, Ont. supplier has been in business since 1982.

Interested in the latest in farm tax and farm law? Check out the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors’ seminar / webinar Oct. 18, 2018 in Waterloo, Ont. 

Government funding for B.C. farmers, agrifood and seafood processors aims to help grow markets in other parts of Canada and abroad. But success doesn’t come overnight.

Walmart U.S. will require suppliers to use block chain technology within a year to help traceability efforts in case of outbreaks of E. coliand other diseases in lettuce. Currently, there is no similar requirement from Walmart Canada.

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association will be reviewing details of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but is pleased that the deal maintains the integrated supply chains across borders.

The OFVGA responded positively to Ontario’s announcement that it would hold the line on the province’s minimum wage of $14/hour and not increase it on January 1, 2019. The current government made the promise in the June 2018 provincial election.

Streptomycin is applied in apple orchards during bloom to prevent fire blight. Photographed at Knight’s Appleden Fruit Ltd., Colborne, ON by Glenn Lowson.

Looking back on now seven seasons in edible horticulture, what is clear is that crop protection has become a rapidly changing field. I think many would agree that some of the most radical changes have occurred in the last decade, or even just the past year or two. 

September is a great time to visit the Grey Roots museum and archives to see their interactive apple exhibit that just opened. It includes the cover photo of the October issue of The Grower, celebrating the 38th season of Jamaican Stedley Stephenson.