The Canadian government is launching three new earth observation satellites on June 12, 2019. With capability to survey all of Canada in two or three days, the satellites will provide data that augments understanding of crop growth.

For the first time, Foodland Ontario has encouraged consumers to vote for their favourite produce displays. The winning store for best display of Ontario-grown greenhouse vegetables has been chosen. Results will be announced soon for asparagus.

L-R: Arne van Aalst, Koppert and Dr. Saber Miresmailli, Ecoation.

Advances in artificial intelligence are making an economic difference to greenhouse growers. Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands is cooperating with Ecoation, based in Vancouver, BC to better detect pests before they pose real harm.

The Ontario government has announced a Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative that, for the first time, will allow organizations to apply for support in labour supply and training challenges. The first application intake is August 15 to September 27, 2019.

The University of Guelph conferred an honorary degree on broccoli grower Ken Forth during convocation ceremonies on June 12.  He was cited for his decades of leadership work on the labour file that has taken him to Mexico, the Caribbean and meetings in Europe.

With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

The Canadian government has launched an app to help businesses interact more easily with federal programs and services.