The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its seventh podcast episode with guest Chris Mullet Koop, an egg and grape farmer from Jordan, Ontario.

Remi Van De Slyke tends to his ginseng garden near Straffordville, Ontario. Photos by Glenn Lowson.

Ontario’s ginseng industry generates $239 million in sales, mostly to Asia. New federal funding will boost opportunities to grow the industry. 

Farm & Food Care Ontario released it fourth edition of The Real Dirt on Farming magazine earlier this month. Starting on page 20-23 the publication covers fruit and vegetable crops providing farmer profiles, did you know facts and more.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), an Ontario government ministry released a draft of a provincial soil health strategy. Farmers and industry stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback before December 31, 2017. 

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) extended its reach at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this year with a revamped booth space in the horticulture section, which had not seen much change over the past several years.

 (L-R) Ron Lemaire, CPMA, Alison Robertson, OFVGA, Keith Kuhl, Peak of the Market, Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of International Trade, Ken Forth, OFVGA, Fred Webber, DRC.

Each year the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) host an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to raise awareness of the produce industry. There were coordinated meetings with MPs over the course of two-day period.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its sixth podcast episode with guest Rich Feenstra, an apple grower from Beamsville, Ontario.

Kevin Folta who is a professor in the horticultural science department at the University of Florida who played an instrumental role in the project to sequence the strawberry genome has called out the CBC for publishing Fake News about glyphosate.

The Advancing Women in Agriculture – East Conference (AWCeast) held in Niagara Falls, Ont., on October 30-31st offered  several pre-conference workshops for farm women. One of them was called “the top 10 mistakes that break up a family business." Speaker Jolene Brown from east central Iowa got into the nitty gritty of the daily aggravations and farm business catastrophes and how to avoid them.

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