In advance of the federal-provincial-territorial ag ministers’ meeting on July 18-19 in Quebec City, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association outlined key issues for horticulture.
The public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, has released five new varieties. Two varieties – Victor and Warrior – are bred for cooler climates from Santa Maria south along California’s coast.
The food safety program CanadaGAP will not offer certification for microgreens as of January 1, 2020. A site-specific Hazard Analysis and Critical Points Plan is recommended.
The 2020 meeting of the federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meeting will be hosted in Guelph, Ontario – a hub of agricultural research and organizations. The announcement was made prior to the July 17-19, 2019 meetings in Quebec City.
Uncertainty about the future of the Ontario Food Terminal has been put to rest. Ontario’s agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman announced the government’s commitment to the Etobicoke location at the confluence of several major highways and on the outskirts of downtown Toronto.
Federal ag minister Bibeau went to Abbotsford, the heart of British Columbia’s berry industry, to announce $3.6 million to the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association. In 2018, the sector generated more than $234 million.
One of Canada’s top five grocers has opened its largest warehouse in Canada. It’s a 182,000 square-foot facility in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The Morris Gervais family, a fruit and vegetable farm near Springwater, Ontario, is hosting Breakfast on the Farm for Farm & Food Care Ontario on September 14, 2019.
Member of Parliament Wayne Easter is named 2019 Produce Champion. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association applauds the PEI member’s support of the produce industry and his effectiveness in bringing forward industry issues on Parliament Hill.