Warrior strawberry variety, photo by Hector Amezcua/UC Davis

The public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, has released five new varieties. Two varieties – Victor and Warrior – are bred for cooler climates from Santa Maria south along California’s coast. 

The 2020 meeting of the federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meeting will be hosted in Guelph, Ontario – a hub of agricultural research and organizations. The announcement was made prior to the July 17-19, 2019 meetings in Quebec City.

L-R:  MPP Christine Hogarth; Ontario agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman; Steve Bamford, Toronto Wholesale Produce Association; Christy McMullen, chair, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.

Uncertainty about the future of the Ontario Food Terminal has been put to rest. Ontario’s agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman announced the government’s commitment to the Etobicoke location at the confluence of several major highways and on the outskirts of downtown Toronto.

L-R: MP Jatai Sidhu, federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and David Mutz.

Federal ag minister Bibeau went to Abbotsford, the heart of British Columbia’s berry industry, to announce $3.6 million to the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association. In 2018, the sector generated more than $234 million.

Left to right: Pierre Riel, senior vice president and general manager, Costco Wholesale Eastern Canada; Gino Dorico, district vice president, Costco Wholesale Eastern Canada; Jerry Renda, general manager of Costco St. John’s Warehouse; St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen; Nancy Healey, CEO, St. John’s Board of Trade; Brenda Croke, assistant warehouse manager, Costco St. John’s Warehouse.

One of Canada’s top five grocers has opened its largest warehouse in Canada. It’s a 182,000 square-foot facility in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The Morris Gervais family

The Morris Gervais family, a fruit and vegetable farm near Springwater, Ontario, is hosting Breakfast on the Farm for Farm & Food Care Ontario on September 14, 2019.

(L-R) Wayne Easter and Ron Lemaire, president, CPMA

Member of Parliament Wayne Easter is named 2019 Produce Champion.  The Canadian Produce Marketing Association applauds the PEI member’s support of the produce industry and his effectiveness in bringing forward industry issues on Parliament Hill.

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.