Lana Popham, BC agriculture minister

British Columbia’s agriculture minister has announced a new $5 million Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund. It’s welcome news after poor returns from the 2017 season. 

The federal government offered a number of carrots in its new Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is officially announced to take effect April 1, 2018.  Program details and applications are now available for: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.

J.R. Simplot announces $460 million expansion near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to be ready in fall 2019. That’s major news for potato growers who harvest 65,000 acres now. 

Ontario horticultural producers who participate in SDRM are automatically enrolled in this new support program. Other producers should call Agricorp by March 23, 2018. 

Canada’s Agriculture Day is February 13, 2018. It’s a day to showcase what’s happening in agriculture from the farm gate to the consumer’s plate. 

Alberta’s boycott of BC wines over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline has been transformed by BC wineries into a public relations opportunity. Christine Coletta, owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, is taking the bull by the horns.

Changes to Ontario’s labour laws came into force January 1, 2018. For starters, farm employers must print out and erect a “What you need to know” poster with the new standards and a toll-free line.