Kate VanderZaag and her husband Peter have been experimenting with a drone on their 1,800 acres of owned and rented land near Alliston, Ontario. They share an insightful experience. 

For export-ready companies looking to expand beyond North America, there’s assistance from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program. Seven international shows will be supported as part of the Canada Pavilion Program. 

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association honoured two long-serving individuals in the horticultural industry. It was a surprise double ceremony at the February 20, 2018 Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls.

Lana Popham, BC agriculture minister

British Columbia’s agriculture minister has announced a new $5 million Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund. It’s welcome news after poor returns from the 2017 season. 

The federal government offered a number of carrots in its new Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is officially announced to take effect April 1, 2018.  Program details and applications are now available for: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.

J.R. Simplot announces $460 million expansion near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to be ready in fall 2019. That’s major news for potato growers who harvest 65,000 acres now. 

Ontario horticultural producers who participate in SDRM are automatically enrolled in this new support program. Other producers should call Agricorp by March 23, 2018.