Vaughn Bell, senior scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, speaks to a crowd of growers and wine industry professionals during the Ontario leg of the Triggs Lecture Series in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Vaughn Bell, senior scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, has just finished lectures on disease pressures in grape vineyards in Ontario and British Columbia.

Chris Duyvelshoff

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

In 2018, Canadian wild blueberry exports accounted for about half of Canada's total fresh and frozen blueberry exports, which totaled $475 million, to 45 countries. The sector will get more federal and provincial support for bee health:  $800,000.

Apple grower John Ardiel has welcomed Jamaican seasonal worker Stedley Stephenson for 37 years.

The Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Program helps offset a critical shortage of domestic labour. Workers from Mexico and the Caribbean are helping 1,450 Ontario farms bring fresh fruits and vegetables to consumers this summer.

(Middle) Robert Lighthizer, American trade representative, chats with Liu He, Chinese vice-premier Liu He as Steve Mnuchin, U.S. treasury secretary looks on. Their bid to end a year-long trade war failed in Shanghai on July 31.

The U.S. is imposing another 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods effective September 1. In response, China has instructed a halt to all purchases of American agricultural products.

Just in time for back to school, a new line of snacking vegetables is launched by Kingsville, Ontario-based Mastronardi Produce. Under the Sunset brand, they will be known as Sprinkles Tiny Mighty Tomatoes and Qukes Tiny Mighty Cucumbers.