(L-R) Jozef Hubburmin, Davis Yung and Susan Leung are pictured at Fresh Direct Produce headquarters in Vancouver, BC.

Fresh Direct Produce of Vancouver has been acquired by a private equity firm. Davis Yung, president, CEO and co-founder has an aggressive plan for future growth.  

Twelve blueberry growers from Holland, Germany and Belgium have struck a deal to innovate in smart farming and robotic harvesting. The blueberry deal is one of five clusters under the Innoveins umbrella. 

The fact that China is buying American-grown rice signals a slight thaw in relations in the trade war that has hit agriculture hard in the American heartland. If tariffs can be eliminated on other agricultural crops, that’s good news for horticulture too. 

Organizers of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers conference issue a reminder: there’s no on-site registration for the Jan. 30-31 event in London, Ontario. On-line registration deadline: Jan. 15, 2019.