Canadian agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay speaking to the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville on January 7, 2018.

President Trump’s most recent tweets have caused only a wall of angst. As NAFTA renegotiations restart Jan 23-28, Canadian stakeholders hope that the bon vivant nature of Montreal will have a positive effect. 

More than 1,500 food and beverage processing businesses across the country unite to launch new Ottawa-based, national organization mandated to work with governments and other stakeholders on industry priorities.

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Podcast episode 9

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its ninth-podcast episode with guest Sue-Ann Staff.

Podcast episode 8

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its eighth-podcast episode with guest Dave VanSegbrook to get a behind the scenes perspective based on our December cover story called “Brussels sprouts: a vegetable crop competing in a global marketplace”.

Podcast episode 7

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its seventh podcast episode with guest Chris Mullet Koop, an egg and grape farmer from Jordan, Ontario.

Podcast episode 6

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its sixth podcast episode with guest Rich Feenstra, an apple grower from Beamsville, Ontario.

Podcast episode 4

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower News is pleased to release its fourth podcast episode with guest Kevin Howe, fruit and vegetable grower and industry leader, Howe Family Farm located in Aylmer, Ontario.

Instacart produce picker

On January 17, Instacart rolls out same-day grocery delivery service at Real Canadian Superstore and Zehrs locations in a cluster of southwestern Ontario cities. More than 518,000 local households will have ability to have groceries delivered in as little as an hour. 

Robert Henderson

A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

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Expert panel for risk management

An external expert panel of 11 farmers and academia has been appointed to give input on business risk management programs. 

CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee 

After a successful annual general meeting, CanAgPlus has appointed members from coast to coast to advise on the intricacies of the CanadaGAP program for 2018.

Congrats to Quebec’s OYF winners

Organic vegetable farmers from Quebec are honoured in Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer Program.

Loss of Karl Kaiser

Karl Kaiser, 76, was an icon in the Canadian grape and wine industry. The industry mourns his loss. 

2017 OPMA honourees 

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association honoured three leaders who made an impact on the industry in the last year.

Female Spotted Wing Drosophila

For berry growers, Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is an invasive pest which is causing more damage, earlier every season. Michigan State University researchers are hosting the latest results of U.S.-led biological control in an upcoming webinar. 

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Watch for Luna Sensation in 2018

Bayer is bringing Luna Sensation, a broad-spectrum, systemic fungicide with the active ingredients of fluopyram and trifloxystrobin (Groups 7 & 11 respectively), to horticulture growers in Canada.

 Orondis Ultra now in premix

A well-known fungicide will be easier to use in a premix formulation for 2018.

Bayer launches potato herbicide

A new herbicide with group 14 mode of action provides broad-spectrum control of all major annual grass and broadleaf weeds in potatoes.

Glyphosate renewed in Europe

Germany tips the EU vote in favour of extending the license for glyphosate for another five years. The European debate has focused on competing reports of scientists on the weedkiller’s safety.

Bayer’s pipeline

New products, relevant to horticulture, are in the pipeline for 2018 and beyond.

President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation on January 8 in Nashville, Tennessee.   

For the first time in 25 years, an American president addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation. With 7,400 farmers in attendance, he spoke only briefly about ongoing NAFTA negotiations. 

Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farms in Aylmer, Ont.

Ontario increase to minimum took effect January 1, 2018 from $11.60 to $14. Kevin Howe of Howe Family Farms in Aylmer, Ont., talks to the CBC about the impact of higher minimum wage will have on the local food supply.

: In the U.S., wage rates are rising for temporary agricultural workers. Washington state, the number one apple producer, has one of the highest rates at $14.12 per hour. 

 In the U.S., wage rates are rising for temporary agricultural workers. Washington state, the number one apple producer, has one of the highest rates at $14.12 per hour. 

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NAFTA forecast

President Trump’s most recent tweets have caused only a wall of angst. As NAFTA renegotiations restart Jan 23-28, Canadian stakeholders hope that the bon vivant nature of Montreal will have a positive effect. 

Food & Beverage Canada launches

More than 1,500 food and beverage processing businesses across the country unite to launch new Ottawa-based, national organization mandated to work with governments and other stakeholders on industry priorities.

Podcast - B.C. blueberry grower talks about dealing with Spotted Wing Drosophila

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its eleventh-podcast episode with guest Jason Smith, a 4th generation B.C. blueberry grower, past chair of the BC Blueberry Council and current member of the crop protection advisory committee for the Canadian Horticultural Council to talk about Spotted Wing Drosophila.

Ding-dong, it’s grocery home delivery

On January 17, Instacart rolls out same-day grocery delivery service at Real Canadian Superstore and Zehrs locations in a cluster of southwestern Ontario cities. More than 518,000 local households will have ability to have groceries delivered in as little as an hour. 

New PEI ag minister

A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

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