The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program has brought workers from Mexico and the Caribbean to Canada for 52 years. One of those success stories is Jamaican Stedley Stephenson. He’s finishing his 38th season, this year picking apples in one of the remaining conventional blocks at the farm of John Ardiel, Clarksburg, Ontario. Thanks to 30,000 workers like him, growers are able to bring hand-harvested produce to market. Photos by Glenn Lowson. 

As fall swings into gear, watch for changes at the federal level in the Conservative shadow cabinet. Alberta MP John Barlow is moving from agriculture to the ministry of employment, workforce development and labour.    

The 69th edition of the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival kicks off September 12-30. The festivities are a reflection of a mature industry that’s facing drought-reduced yields but quality grapes. 

Bailey Cochrane, a fourth-year Business Administration student in the Goodman School of Business, is a graduate of BioLinc’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program.

Brock University’s entrepreneurship program leads to an online resource for consumers interested in Ontario wine. Bailey Cochrane shares his concept-to-reality story.

Albert Van Oosten stands in front of an Agrifac sprayer.

Specialty Vegetable Equipment plans to open a bricks-and-mortar storefront near Norwich, Ontario in the spring of 2019. The partnership between Streef Produce and Albert Van Oosten is expanding, following the trend to labour-saving machinery.

Dry harvesting conditions in the Leamington, Ontario area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The United Potato Growers of Canada has issued its best estimate of how growing conditions will affect harvest 2018. The hot and dry summer across most of Canada will depress yields.

A Chinese-based company, Eagle Brother Co Ltd., is specializing in drones that spray crop protection products. In a demonstration, one model drone sprayed 40 acres of rice paddies in two hours with only one quadcopter and 12 batteries.

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