The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Diplomat 5SC fungicide for control or suppression of various diseases on greenhouse and field grown fruits and vegetables in Canada.

As stone fruit and blueberries come onto market, OMAFRA monitors areas of the province for SWD; its population was much slower to get going in this year compared to 2017, which experts note was an exceptional year.

Loblaw plans to spend $150 million more each year supporting Canadian farmers. The program will help farmers grow exotic and traditionally imported fruits and vegetables on Canadian soil year-round, lessening the need for imports.

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay was accompanied by Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Furh to make further announcements regarding funding to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network at the Canadian Vintners Association’s AGM.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at Canadian-owned Highbury Canco in Leamington on Canada Day, the same day a 10 per cent tariff came into effect on ketchup, adding to the U.S./Canada trade war.

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will host What’s Growin’ On Open House  at its Victoria Avenue research farm on July 25. Since 2006, Jim Brandle, CEO, has been a strong proponent of communicating its world-class research to multiple stakeholders.  

More than $11 million in federal funds is going towards the first-ever grape and wine cluster and the Canadian Vintners’ Association. Research willimprove wine quality and vineyard management practices, address challenges faced by the sector and build upon Canada’s international reputation as a top cool-climate wine producer. 

 L-R: Glenn Baty, Rick Wallis, Fred Webber, CEO, Dispute Resolution Corporation

The Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) held its annual general meeting in Chicago on June 28-29.  Chair of the board Glenn Baty (L) thanked retiring member Rick Wallis for long years of service. He is flanked by Fred Webber, CEO, DRC. 

New federal funding will help expand ginseng markets beyond traditional Chinese customers to India. Remi Van De Slyke, chair of Ontario Ginseng Growers’ Association, is proud of the province’s high-quality, premium root.