The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention hosts a student poster competition every year. This year’s winner, Leah Blechschmidt, addressed the abundance and diversity of native bees in Ontario apple orchards. 

Tom and Carol Chudleigh are surrounded by their family on the occasion of winning the Ayrsta Golden Apple Award.

Innovative apple grower Tom Chudleigh, who was instrumental in establishing pick-your-own orchards as a popular agri-tourism activity in Ontario, is the winner of this year’s Arysta Golden Apple Award. He shares the award with wife Carol and family. 

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OFVGA Award of Merit: Ken Linington

Longtime horticultural labour issues advisor Ken Linington is the winner of this year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association Award of Merit. He was honoured at the OFVGA annual banquet in Niagara Falls, February 19, 2019.

Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

Soil specialist Anne Verhallen honoured

Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist for horticulture crops with the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, was honoured as one of this year’s Soil Champion award recipients.

Ken Knox is new chair, Ontario Food Terminal Board

Ken Knox, former deputy minister of the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, has been appointed by the Ontario government as chair of the Ontario Food Terminal Board. He has a one-year term ending January 16, 2020.

AgSafe welcomes Kyle Hart

Kyle Hart joins the AgSafe team as a new safety consultant and advisor for the central Okanagan region in British Columbia.

British Columbia’s2019 budget of the agriculture ministry will increase by 5.4 per cent from 2018. Most of the increase is to fund the Grow-Feed-Buy BC initiatives, including ‘regional food hubs’ and enhancement of the Buy BC program.

L-R:  Back row:  Fred Meyers, Kenny Forth, Carl Atkinson, Alison Robertson (executive director), Mike Chromczak, Norm Charbonneau, Mark Wales, Ken Forth, Jason Verkaik, Charles Stevens. Front row: Jan VanderHout, Bill George, Shawn Brenn.  Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Grape grower Bill George Jr. was elected as the new chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) at the organization’s 160th annual general meeting, February 19, 2019.  Apple grower Charles Stevens is the new OFVGA vice chair.

L-R: Bill George, chair, OFVGA; Ken Linington; Ken Forth, OFVGA labour section chair

Longtime horticultural labour issues advisor Ken Linington is the winner of this year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association Award of Merit. He was honoured at the OFVGA annual banquet in Niagara Falls, February 19, 2019.

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Pick-your-own-apples pioneer honoured

Innovative apple grower Tom Chudleigh, who was instrumental in establishing pick-your-own orchards as a popular agri-tourism activity in Ontario, is the winner of this year’s Arysta Golden Apple Award. He shares the award with wife Carol and family. 

Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

Soil specialist Anne Verhallen honoured

Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist for horticulture crops with the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, was honoured as one of this year’s Soil Champion award recipients.

Ken Knox is new chair, Ontario Food Terminal Board

Ken Knox, former deputy minister of the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, has been appointed by the Ontario government as chair of the Ontario Food Terminal Board. He has a one-year term ending January 16, 2020.

AgSafe welcomes Kyle Hart

Kyle Hart joins the AgSafe team as a new safety consultant and advisor for the central Okanagan region in British Columbia.

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Canada flies the flag at Fruit Logistica, Germany

Canadian association leaders, growers and suppliers recently united under one pavilion at Fruit Logistica for a third consecutive year. This year’s February 6-8, 2019 event in Berlin billed itself as the world’s largest fresh produce trade show.

FDA strengthens warning process for food recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking new steps to strengthen and modernize the process for issuing public warnings and notification of product recalls.

CKF Canada wins bronze at Fruit Logistica innovation awards

CKF of Canada has won a bronze innovation award at Fruit Logistica for its sealable, compostable and recyclable wood pulp punnets for strawberries.

U.S. apple growers call for end to steel tariffs

The U.S. Apple Association is calling for timely ratification of USMCA and an end to steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada – key markets for apple exports. One out of every three apples is bound for markets outside American borders.

Bayer showcases its new vegetable seeds

Bayer will present its new vegetable seeds portfolio at Fruit Logistica 2019, which begins February 6 in Berlin. The Delisher cherry plum tomato looks ripe for sampling.

The OFVGA has been active in submitting position statements to the provincial government on a host of issues. Foodland Ontario, the Edible Horticulture Support Program, Risk Management Program, carbon pricing and Ontario Food Terminal are just a few.

Though Canada is not unique in having maximum residue limits, Chris Duyvelshoff explains that an archaic policy has been retained for cases where the PMRA has not previously established or has subsequently revoked a specific MRL for Canada. This policy is referred to as the general maximum residue limit (GMRL) or default MRL.

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  • Tom and Carol Chudleigh are surrounded by their family on the occasion of winning the Ayrsta Golden Apple Award.
    Pick-your-own-apples pioneer honoured

    Innovative apple grower Tom Chudleigh, who was instrumental in establishing pick-your-own orchards as a popular agri-tourism activity in Ontario, is the winner of this year’s Arysta Golden Apple Award. He shares the award with wife Carol and family. 

  • L-R: Bill George, chair, OFVGA; Ken Linington; Ken Forth, OFVGA labour section chair
    OFVGA Award of Merit: Ken Linington

    Longtime horticultural labour issues advisor Ken Linington is the winner of this year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association Award of Merit. He was honoured at the OFVGA annual banquet in Niagara Falls, February 19, 2019.

  • Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

    Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

  • Soil specialist Anne Verhallen honoured

    Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist for horticulture crops with the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, was honoured as one of this year’s Soil Champion award recipients.

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OFVC student poster winners

The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention hosts a student poster competition every year. This year’s winner, Leah Blechschmidt, addressed the abundance and diversity of native bees in Ontario apple orchards. 

Pick-your-own-apples pioneer honoured

Innovative apple grower Tom Chudleigh, who was instrumental in establishing pick-your-own orchards as a popular agri-tourism activity in Ontario, is the winner of this year’s Arysta Golden Apple Award. He shares the award with wife Carol and family. 

BC Cherry Association expands global markets

The successes of the British Columbia cherry growers are due to years of work gaining access to Asian markets. Japan is the latest.  

Highlights from BC budget

British Columbia’s2019 budget of the agriculture ministry will increase by 5.4 per cent from 2018. Most of the increase is to fund the Grow-Feed-Buy BC initiatives, including ‘regional food hubs’ and enhancement of the Buy BC program.

New chair, vice-chair for OFVGA

Grape grower Bill George Jr. was elected as the new chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) at the organization’s 160th annual general meeting, February 19, 2019.  Apple grower Charles Stevens is the new OFVGA vice chair.

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