By the end of May, Ontario producers participating in the Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) Program for Edible Horticulture will have received their second government contribution for the 2017 program year. 

All the twists and turns of Ontario’s election will come to a stop sign on June 7. Here are a few ridings to watch that are of particular interest to horticulture.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

Serendipity Winery at Naramata, BC.  Photo by Johann Wessels

The B.C. wine industry is challenged on all sides this spring – first with Alberta’s wine boycott and now with American desires to access grocery store channels.  The U.S. has requested a dispute settlement panel under the World Trade Organization.

Ideal conditions for the bloom and post-bloom period lead to BC Tree Fruits Cooperative’s estimate of a record cherry crop for 2018. If weather holds, 12 million pounds may come to market.

 Jackie and Jim Rowe are a grower-marketing duo inspiring a value-added garlic industry in Ontario. With a number of key relationships with other growers and food processors, they are methodically building a dependable supply of garlic products year-round. It starts with these garlic scapes harvested in mid-June at Hensall, Ontario.

Ontario craft cider producers are estimated to have topped three million litres in 2017. In the LCBO’s cider category, Ontario’s craft cider has gone from seven per cent to 11.5 per cent of the category in just one year, strong growth considering it surfaced only 5 years ago.

Improved advocacy, member benefits and operational efficiencies drive decision for amalgamation between Food and Beverage Ontario and Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processors’ Association.