John Hambly (L), a director of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association and owner of Gwillimdale Farms, Bradford, Ontario visits with Senator Rob Black.

A lifelong Agvocate, Senator Rob Black toured many farms and facilities over the summer, learning about issues surrounding labour, infrastructure and transportation, irrigation and water, food security, soil health, carbon pricing, as well as matters related to the pandemic, including mandatory isolation and quarantine costs, and municipal issues.

Starting in early 2022, a freighter dedicated to pharmaceuticals, fresh food and perishables will fly primarily out of Toronto and operate to Miami, Quito, Lima, Mexico City and Guadalajara. The flights will be supported by enhanced cold chain capacity in Toronto. 

The Canadian produce industry will be participating in World Fruit and Vegetables Day to be held on October 15, 2021. Activities will underline the importance of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health. 

Farm and Food Care, AgScape and 4-H Ontario partner to celebrate all things food and farming during Ontario Agriculture Week, October 4 to 10. Apple growing at Great Lake Farms, Port Stanley will be live streamed Oct 6 at 10:30 am. 

Ontario’s ag minister has pledged more than $385,000 for farmers’ mental health, expanding the “In the Know” program in rural areas. It’s currently offered at 16 Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) branches in rural and agricultural communities by approximately 30 facilitators.   

Jourdan Tregunno, a director of the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Jourdan Tregunno is all smiles for the new Jupiter seedless table grape grown on two acres near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario He’s a member of the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board that has high hopes that this variety may appeal to a different consumer segment with its candy-like flavour. 

A snowy scene of a fruit orchard near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario has won the “Photo of the Year” award from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. The Grower published the photo by veteran photographer Denis Cahill in its January 2020 issue.