Cathy Lennon, an agricultural leader and advocate for more than 20 years, becomes the new general manager of Ontario’s largest agricultural organization on August 30, 2019.
A cold, wet spring dictated a late planting of potatoes in eastern Canada. In western Canada, where acreage is increasing, the crop would benefit from rain. Statistics Canada will release seeded acreage numbers on July 18.
As part of Ontario’s cabinet overhaul, other changes are also underway. On June 26, agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman welcomed Toby Barrett as parliamentary assistant for agriculture and food.
Perspectives on food safety differ in Europe compared to the United States. Shifting trends may inspire farmers to grow more protected crops rather than open field vegetables. Hydroponic lettuce is a case in point.
Eric Johnson explains the impact of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program for his Jamaican community. He’s one of the workers employed by Lingwood Farms in Ontario.
Thanks to plentiful rain, it’s a big crop of Ontario strawberries this year. Diane Cooper, Strawberry Tyme, explains the benefits of protected cover for strawberries grown on tabletops near Simcoe, Ontario.
For more than 35 years the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon has marked the opening of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival by showcasing Canadian personalities and celebrating the annual grape harvest. This year’s guest is Brent Butt.
Food competition participants at the Royal have the opportunity to be evaluated by Metro through its locally sourced food program. Successful entrants may earn distribution in Metro stores regionally or across Ontario, an intro to Metro’s private brands or the opportunity to develop products and scale.