Resistance management website adds insecticide best practices. Thanks to CropLife Canada, the new resource highlights the need to combine physical, cultural, biological and chemical control measures.

The number of issues affecting horticulture seems to multiply.  Bill George underscores the importance of building a relationship with local candidates. 

There is exceedingly little scope for ag markets, domestic policy, and trade relationships to return to normal as defined by the past 20 -25 years. Canada needs to face and adjust to this reality write Douglas Hedley, Ted Bilyea and Al Mussell, Agri-Food Economic Systems. 

CropLife Canada has released a new documentary series to help demystify food production. One video is about Nova Scotia growers Philip and Katie Keddy and extended family.  

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is updating its premium rate-setting model in the way it issues clearances. Resources are available for upcoming changes. 

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Grape King announced for 2019

For John Fedorkow, it’s a lifetime achievement to be honoured as Grape King 2019. He was photographed at his 75-acre vineyard near St. David’s, Ontario. 

Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers names general manager

The London-Ontario based association, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, has named Keith Robbins to the role of general manager. He starts September 17, 2019. 

QPMA honours George Pitsikoulis

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

AALP Class 18 announced

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

The president of Savoura found deceased

The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

The Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit trade show will be the site of new product introductions October 17-19 in Anaheim, California. The SUNSET brand will introduce KABOOM! black jalapeno peppers and Wild Wonders gourmet peppers. 

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Agrizar predicts berry sweet future

Mexico-based Agrizar has committed to grow exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America, a joint venture between Mastronardi Produce Ltd., North America’s leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and the UK-based BerryWorld.

Sunions, first tearless onion

Grown in Washington and Nevada, Sunions will be marketed for the first time in western Canada in December 2019. The seed is not available in Canada. 

Romaine Task Force reports

The November 2018 crisis of E.-coli contaminated romaine lettuce from Arizona has been studied by a 100+ task force. American experts report on next steps.  

U.S.-Japan sign trade deal

Some American horticultural products – blueberries and cranberries, for example   - will have tariff-free access to Japan’s 127 million consumers. Other goods will be granted access under staged tariff elimination. Most importantly, tariffs are at the same level that Japan provides preferentially to countries in the CP-TPP agreement.

Phytelligence shuts down

Seattle start-up Phytelligence is now in receivership after months of legal wrangling with Washington State University over the commercialization of Cosmic Crisp apples. 

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    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

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    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

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Stay ahead of insecticide resistance

Resistance management website adds insecticide best practices. Thanks to CropLife Canada, the new resource highlights the need to combine physical, cultural, biological and chemical control measures.

Funding for farmers’ markets and on-farm sales

Ontario’s ag ministry has announced funding to the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers’ Markets Ontario.

Raspberries showcased by Global Plant Genetics

Global Plant Genetics and James Hutton Limited recently showed a range of new raspberry selections to international soft fruit visitors. They are close to market launch.

Shifting geopolitics and trade policy

There is exceedingly little scope for ag markets, domestic policy, and trade relationships to return to normal as defined by the past 20 -25 years. Canada needs to face and adjust to this reality write Douglas Hedley, Ted Bilyea and Al Mussell, Agri-Food Economic Systems. 

Real Farm Lives video

CropLife Canada has released a new documentary series to help demystify food production. One video is about Nova Scotia growers Philip and Katie Keddy and extended family.  

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