Ontario ag minister Ernie Hardeman has called for direct contracting between processors and tomato growers in advance of 2020 crop negotiations. That means new regulations would have to be in place by the end of the 2019 calendar year. 

The new chair of Agricorp's board of directors is fourth-generation carrot and onion farmer Jason Verkaik. He’s a past chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.

Ontario’s provincial government is promising changes to alcohol consumption regulations. Growers are hopeful that share of market will continue to increase for Ontario-grown grapes.

Bernadette Hamel, Metro Richelieu, receives a CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo courtesy CPMA.

A number of hard-working produce veterans emerged from the trenches and into the spotlight at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association conference and trade show in Montreal. One was Bernadette Hamel, a long-time Metro produce buyer and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Another was Les Mallard, vice-president sales for Fyffes North America who was named The Packer’s Canadian Person of the Year.

L-R: Hon. Ernie Hardeman and Phil Tregunno, chair, Ontario Tender Fruit Growers.

Ontario agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman was on hand at the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers’ annual general meeting to receive an Award of Merit on behalf of Foodland Ontario. Phil Tregunno, board chair, complimented Foodland Ontario for its 42 years of making local food a trend.

Tony Aspler presents Doug Whitty, of 13th Street Winery, the Tony Aspler Cuvée Award for Excellence Saturday, March 23 in Niagara Falls.

Ontario’s $4.4 billion grape and wine industry celebrated pioneers and mentors as the 2019 season gets underway. The Tony Aspler Cuvée Award of Excellence went to Doug Whitty and the team at 13th Street Winery.

Senator Robert Black (far right) joins fellow colleagues in a tour of the Ontario Food Terminal on March 11.

The Senate’s ag committee toured many value-added operations in southern Ontario the week of March 11, 2019. Senator Robert Black, formerly CEO of the Rural Ontario Institute, played a role in shaping the agenda. First stop? The Ontario Food Terminal.