L-R: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Ray Keenan, potato grower from Rollo Bay Holdings.

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

Ontario’s electorate made a serious right-hand turn on June 7 in electing the Progressive Conservative party with Doug Ford at the helm. The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association looks forward to working with the premier and cabinet. 

By the end of May, Ontario producers participating in the Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) Program for Edible Horticulture will have received their second government contribution for the 2017 program year. 

All the twists and turns of Ontario’s election will come to a stop sign on June 7. Here are a few ridings to watch that are of particular interest to horticulture.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

Serendipity Winery at Naramata, BC.  Photo by Johann Wessels

The B.C. wine industry is challenged on all sides this spring – first with Alberta’s wine boycott and now with American desires to access grocery store channels.  The U.S. has requested a dispute settlement panel under the World Trade Organization.

Ideal conditions for the bloom and post-bloom period lead to BC Tree Fruits Cooperative’s estimate of a record cherry crop for 2018. If weather holds, 12 million pounds may come to market.

 Jackie and Jim Rowe are a grower-marketing duo inspiring a value-added garlic industry in Ontario. With a number of key relationships with other growers and food processors, they are methodically building a dependable supply of garlic products year-round. It starts with these garlic scapes harvested in mid-June at Hensall, Ontario.

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