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Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower, speaks with Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario.

Darci Vetter analyzes current state of global trade relations

Darci Vetter, former chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, has had a front-row seat to trade relations around the world.

Oleen Smethurst, Costco Canada, focuses on flavour

Oleen Smethurst, general merchandise manager for Costco Canada, flies all over the globe from Berlin to Bogotá to taste test fruits and vegetables.

Nick VanBerlo rides the superfood wave with sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are not native to Canada, but for the VanBerlo family near Simcoe, Ontario, sweet potatoes have become second nature. 

L-R:  Bill George, chair, OFVGA; Dave Epp, MP Chatham-Kent-Leamington; Gordon Stock, senior policy advisor and government relations, OFVGA

In an age where it is easy for anyone and everyone to influence government through social media, having a single voice, even if representing thousands of fruit and vegetable farmers, is still only a single voice. Gordon Stock points out that government needs to demonstrate that it has heard from all sides. 

Here are some practical tips to grow opportunities with different retailers. If you are struggling to think of how they are different, Peter Chapman advises to visit the store.

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Cheers to ONHops Brewoff winners

VQH Farms, a perennial competitor, took first place this year with Great Lakes Brewery for the Imperial (double) IPA’ style of craft beer. The annual competition was hosted at the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention. 

Bragging rights are in store for cider competition winners

Congrats to all apple growers in the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention cider competition held February 19.  Winners were announced for sweet cider, specialty cider and common cider.

Ontario fruit and vegetable growers re-elect board chair

Grape grower Bill George Jr. will serve a second one-year term. He and his wife Lesliann grow 160 acres of wine grapes in the Niagara region.

 

Pinder Dhaliwal continues to lead BC Fruit Growers

Oliver cherry grower Pinder Dhaliwal will continue as president of the 400-member strong BC Fruit Growers’ Association.The annual general meeting was held February 11-12 in Kelowna.

Vineland appoints new head of automation

Hussam Haroun has joined Vineland Research and Innovation Centre as director of automation, overseeing artificial intelligence and digital agriculture technologies. 

New survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business reveal that 82% of farmers are hurt by the carbon tax. The association urges the federal government to exempt natural gas, propane and aviation fuel used for farming. 

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  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    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. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    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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    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald forecasts the future of IPM

The state of Integrated Pest Management keeps evolving with new equipment and techniques for identifying diseases and pests.

2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers named

Katie and Phil Keddy are the winners of the 2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers competition. Besides growing strawberries at Lakeville, Nova Scotia, they are the largest growers of sweet potatoes east of Ontario. 

Federal carbon tax is impacting farmers negatively

New survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business reveal that 82% of farmers are hurt by the carbon tax. The association urges the federal government to exempt natural gas, propane and aviation fuel used for farming. 

British Columbia trims agricultural budget

The NDP provincial government has trimmed the budget for the agriculture ministry by almost $3 million, to $95.4 million. 

Potato Sustainability Alliance formed

Two Canadians have been elected to the board of directors of the new Potato Sustainability Alliance. They are John MacQuarrie, Cavendish Farms as chair and Sanford Gleddie, The Little Potato Company as treasurer. 

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