Lewis Collins

The Ontario produce industry’s finest leaders shone at the OPMA Annual Awards, held November 9. One of the five award winners was Lewis Collins, now retired from Stronach & Sons at the Ontario Food Terminal.  

Ross Wetmore

In New Brunswick’s changing political fortunes, the Conservatives took the reins of the provincial government on November 9.  Ross Wetmore was named the new minister of agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries. 

Thanks to the efforts of growers in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, commercial, heritage and new varieties of apples are on display at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair which runs November 2 -11.  It’s the venue for the National Apple Competition. 

Quality of irrigation water matters. In the case of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce grown in Arizona last spring, regulators speculate that irrigation canal water used to dilute crop protection products might have contributed to the disaster. 

Ken Forth (L) and Jan VanderHout, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers has recognized the efforts of Ken Forth, chair of several labour committees and organizations, for his untiring work. He’s the 2018 recipient of the Industry Builder Award. 

The farmgate value of Ontario’s vegetable processing industry, pegged at about $100 million annually, often goes under the radar for its significant contribution to the economy. For these growers – Pascal Jennen, (L), Ian Bradley and Kevin Jennen -- their contracted acres of Spanish onions are destined to become onion rings at the Cavendish Farms Appetizer Division in Wheatley, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

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.    

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