Ontario’s fruit specialist, Erica Pate, is hosting a Zoom meeting to discuss different approaches for pick-your-own operations this season. Sign up for June 2.
The federal government is offering up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program and fund up to 700 new positions in agriculture.
Last July, this display of plenty from Oxford County grower John Den Boer was captured at the Ontario Food Terminal. As the summer of COVID-19 unfolds, the variety and volume of fruits and vegetables may not be in such grand array because growers do not have timely access to enough seasonal ag workers for essential planting and harvesting. The legal case of Brett Schuyler signifies the height of the hurdles faced by growers across Canada.
Premier Blaine Higgs has reversed a decision of a month ago, opening provincial borders to seasonal agricultural workers as of May 29. Any who arrive will be quarantined for 14 days.
Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada.
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and NSF Canada are offering online food safety workshops beginning in June.
Some of the gaps in emergency funding are being filled as the federal government announced on May 19 that more businesses are eligible for the $40,000 interest-free loan under CEBA.
The Canadian media have spotlighted the necessity of seasonal workers in the agri-food chain. Bethany Hastle, assistant professor of law at the University of British Columbia, shares her view at The Conversation Canada.com
Modified, yes! Delayed, maybe. But only five of 180 Ontario farmers’ markets have cancelled for the 2020 season.
Demand for processing potatoes has collapsed resulting in 760 million pounds of 2019-harvested potatoes still in storage. When combined with unsold seed potatoes, the lost value is $105 million according to United Potato Growers of Canada.