Canada’s Agriculture Day is February 13, 2018. It’s a day to showcase what’s happening in agriculture from the farm gate to the consumer’s plate. 

Alberta’s boycott of BC wines over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline has been transformed by BC wineries into a public relations opportunity. Christine Coletta, owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, is taking the bull by the horns.

Changes to Ontario’s labour laws came into force January 1, 2018. For starters, farm employers must print out and erect a “What you need to know” poster with the new standards and a toll-free line. 

Robert Haynes

The fruit tree nursery business is consolidating in eastern Canada. Upper Canada Growers will be managing the inventory of Mori Essex Nurseries. 

BASF Canada sees a bright future in horticulture. Seven horticultural representatives are stationed across the country. And new insecticides to control piercing and sucking insects are due in 2019.  

U.S trade representative Robert Lighthizer publicly complained about the slow pace of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal, however CPMA is satisfied with progress to date. Round 7 now moves to Mexico. 

Jan VanderHout in the Beverly Greenhouses propagation area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Veteran reporter Dave Harrison has just retired after 22 years as editor of Greenhouse Canada. One of his last features was with another veteran: Ontario cucumber grower Jan VanderHout. 

Murray Porteous, labour chair for the Canadian Horticultural Council, is surrounded by seasonal agricultural workers.

Some farmers across Canada -- except in Quebec – may be worried about their business viability without access to seasonal workers this spring. The federal government has put some applications on hold, pending integrity audits.