Trucks wait to be weighed at the Sun-Brite plant for processing tomatoes, Leamington, ON.  Photo by Glenn Lowson

A newly constituted board of directors meets for the first time to chart the course for Ontario’s $100 million processing vegetable industry.

The November 2016 cover story in The Grower earned a gold award in the news photograph category of the annual awards of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation.

The Grower, with a track record of 138 years as a horticultural publication, is never too old for awards. We’re proud to share the back stories of two awards from the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. 

 Suzanne van Bommel, new chair of Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers

Ontario’s $100 million processing vegetable sector is undergoing governance changes. The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has appointed Suzanne Van Bommel chair of the board for a two-year term and announced four directors.  

As of August 1, Binkley Apples has been renamed Blue Mountain Fruit Company.  The rebranding is part of the evolution of the Botden family’s business plan.

Chris Ballard is pictured pulling carrots with grower Avia Eek in the Holland Marsh.

Glen Murray resigned his post as Ontario’s minister of the environment and climate change on July 31, leaving his successor to implement the transition to a low-carbon economy through the cap-and-trade program. The provincial Liberals have appointed Chris Ballard to the post, with the view that he can stickhandle the sensitive environment file until the June 2018 election. He leaves the ministry of housing for the challenging portfolio that includes everything from energy to water.

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