Workshops will be led by OMAFRA vegetable specialists Travis Cranmer and Dennis Van Dyk focussing on garlic production and pest management as well as scouting other vegetable crops. The schedule includes the northern Ontario towns of New Liskeard, Sudbury and Desbarats.

The Conference Board of Canada has released an analysis that recommends improvements to how the Canadian government conducts inspections of farm employers of Seasonal Agricultural Workers. One piece of advice? Develop a trusted employer program.

Recent upgrades to the Ontario Food Terminal have eased congestion and made loading and unloading more efficient.

The Ontario Food Terminal is at the heart of a complex food web. The 40-acre facility, near downtown Toronto, is of interest to the Ontario government which has appointed an agricultural advisory group to look at several provincial issues, including changes to the Ontario Food Terminal network. Bruce Nicholas, general manager, (second from right) and Gianfranco Leo, administration manager (far right) are pictured talking to growers at last year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. 

L-R:  Matthias Oppenlaender, chair Grape Growers of Ontario, Michèle Bosc, Paul Bosc Sr., Amélie Boury and Miguel Fongalvo from Chateau des Charmes at an Award of Merit ceremony, April 2017.  Photo courtesy Grape Growers of Ontario.

Niagara’s grape and wine industry is mourning the untimely passing of Michèle Bosc, the vice-president of marketing and administration for Chateau des Charmes winery. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the trail-blazing winery had just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018.  

Growing energy demand by Windsor-Essex greenhouses is expected to exceed capacity, according to a report by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The good news is that upgrades are underway.

Twelve blueberry growers from Holland, Germany and Belgium have struck a deal to innovate in smart farming and robotic harvesting. The blueberry deal is one of five clusters under the Innoveins umbrella. 

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