AgScape, the voice of agriculture in the classroom for Ontario, has hired Glenna Banda as its new executive director. She has headed The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington (CFGW) for the past nine years.

Ontario’s agriculture, food and rural affairs ministry will lose millions in 2019-2020 funding, as part of the provincial government’s efforts to balance the books. For the first time in recent years, the budget is less than a billion dollars.

Health Canada will be cancelling some uses and restricting others of three neonicotinoid pesticides. Changes are ahead for crops ranging from tree fruits to berries to cucurbit vegetables. All uses for orchard trees, for example, have been cancelled.

High costs and cheap imports are making times tough for 90 B.C. raspberry growers. So tough that many are switching to other crops. A hardier variety with longer shelf life would make a huge difference to the industry. But that takes time, something many growers can’t afford.

The Brant County Agricultural Awareness Committee was awarded the Farm & Food Care Champion Award for 2019. Farm & Food Care past chair Bruce Christie (left) and current board member Crispin Colvin (right) presented the award to committee members Barbara Sheardown and Jayne Miller.

The Brant County Agricultural Awareness Committee has been named 2019 recipient of Farm & Food Care Ontario’s Champion Award for its Bite of Brant program. Educational programs like these bring the story of agriculture close to home for school-aged children.

China has banned imports from two major Canadian canola suppliers, sending waves of uncertainty throughout agricultural supply chains across the country. It’s a cautionary tale for horticulture. For British Columbia growers who exported $27 million of cherries to China in 2018, the timing couldn’t be better for access to the Japanese market for the first time in 2019.