Retiring Ken Linington is surrounded by appreciative growers. L-R: Barb Hipple, Brett Schuyler, Ken Linington, Kai Wiens, Kyle Ardiel

Last day in a long career was November 30, 2018 for Ken Linington, policy advisor for Labour Issues Coordinating Committee. True to form, he attended a seminar “Labour Resources for Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers” on his second-last day and shared his extensive experience with growers. 

Carl Atkinson, research committee chair, Ontario Ginseng Growers’ Association.

Ontario’s ginseng crop earns a surprising $250 million in farmgate receipts. At this time of year, the sand-plains growers are receiving bids from Hong Kong buyers who are assessing volume and quality. One of those growers is Carl Atkinson, chair of the research committee of the Ontario Ginseng Growers’ Association. He’s looking forward to solving the soil health issue of replant disease that may temper the long-term future.  

For the second time in a year, romaine lettuce is the target of a public health investigation as consumers in both the U.S. and Canada have been sickened by E.coli.  Public health officials are conducting an exhaustive traceback through the entire growing, packing and distribution system focusing on California. 

Kristen Obeid

Fortunately for horticulture, Kristen Obeid is OMAFRA’s weed management specialist based in Harrow, Ontario. The Canadian Weed Science Society has honoured her with the 2018 Excellence in Weed Extension Award. 

A record number of delegates – 413 – attended the recent annual general meeting of the Potato Growers of Alberta. Despite a wintry September, they were celebrating end of harvest. 

Many Canadians will make the trek to Berlin, Germany for one of the biggest produce trade shows of 2019:  Fruit Logistica. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association sees the value in being an exhibitor to support produce exports. 

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.