Dennis Van Dyk (L), an Ontario vegetable crops specialist and muck grower Kyle Horlings discuss soil health in the Holland Marsh.

On December 5, World Soil Day, the federal and Ontario governments launched a $5.75 million, multi-year project to strengthen environmental stewardship, enhance water quality and improve soil health.

Grower intentions for the BC Icewine harvest are down in 2019 with a total of 125 acres registered. That figure is off the pace of 200 acres in recent years.

The 10th annual Canada Food Price Report predicts that vegetable prices will increase by two to four per cent in 2020.  Fruit prices could go up by 1.5 to 3.5 per cent.

Researchers at the University of Windsor are looking to the sun to help solve a challenge for Ontario greenhouse growers – how to expand the sector sustainably while reducing its environmental footprint. 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is extending mandatory compliance for Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) traceability requirements specific to produce packaging. The fruit and vegetable industry has until January 15, 2021 to use the current stock of packaging material.

While it’s unlikely that activists would raid a potato-packing facility, the integrity and security of the food safety system must be upheld. That’s why Ontario’s proposed new legislation – Security From Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act 2019 – is relevant beyond livestock farmers. 

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