J.R. Simplot announces $460 million expansion near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to be ready in fall 2019. That’s major news for potato growers who harvest 65,000 acres now. 

Ontario horticultural producers who participate in SDRM are automatically enrolled in this new support program. Other producers should call Agricorp by March 23, 2018. 

Canada’s Agriculture Day is February 13, 2018. It’s a day to showcase what’s happening in agriculture from the farm gate to the consumer’s plate. 

Alberta’s boycott of BC wines over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline has been transformed by BC wineries into a public relations opportunity. Christine Coletta, owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, is taking the bull by the horns.

Changes to Ontario’s labour laws came into force January 1, 2018. For starters, farm employers must print out and erect a “What you need to know” poster with the new standards and a toll-free line. 

Robert Haynes

The fruit tree nursery business is consolidating in eastern Canada. Upper Canada Growers will be managing the inventory of Mori Essex Nurseries. 

BASF Canada sees a bright future in horticulture. Seven horticultural representatives are stationed across the country. And new insecticides to control piercing and sucking insects are due in 2019.