A Mexican temporary worker succumbed to COVID-19 on May 30, reports the Windsor-Essex Health Unit in southwestern Ontario. The news comes on the heels of a weekend outbreak in Norfolk County with 125 positive cases from the Scotlynn Group based in Vittoria. Seven were hospitalized, with four released.

The complex issue of plastics has been analyzed by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and a cross-industry working group. Its most up-to-date guidance defines three categories: preferred, minimize and unfavourable.

Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Canadian government released a new guide for temporary workers on May 28 with more details on employer responsibilities and worker rights. It’s available in English, French and Spanish.

Photo by Glenn Lowson.

On June 9, the Greenbelt Foundation will release a report on opportunities to grow southern Ontario’s fruit and vegetable sector. Six crops are identified, including fresh grapes, pears, strawberries, garlic, eggplant and sweet potatoes.

Michel Camp, CP Farms Ltd., seeding potatoes near Taber, Alberta.

Favourable weather has helped potato growers plant the 2020 crop, with most acres across the country 70 to 90 per cent seeded, according to United Potato Growers of Canada. British Columbia growers will start digging the early-planted Warba variety in early June.  

Photo by Krystle VanRoboys

A “Growing Stronger” project is launching between the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute to shape future research and discussion in the post-COVID era.  

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