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Two neonics will be allowed with new risk mitigation measures

Health Canada will allow some key uses of clothianidin and thiamethoxam on crops with additional risk mitigation measures. Changes are effective by March 31, 2023.

Linuron herbicide to be continued

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has released its re-evaluation decision on linuron, allowing use on carrots, parsnips, potatoes, asparagus and shelterbelts. Risk-reduction measures will apply.  

Biobest partners with ecoation to drive AI-optimized IPM

Biobest, a global supplier for biological control of pests and disease, is partnering with Ecoation Innovation Solutions to digitize the scheduling of integrated pest management in the European market. 

Excalia fungicide registered for apples

Nufarm, in partnership with Valent Canada, announces a new fungicide for control of scab and powdery mildew in apples. Excalia must be applied between green tip and petal fall. 

ADAMA announces expanded eastern Canadian network

A portfolio of more than 270 active ingredients belonging to ADAMA is now available more widely throughout eastern Canada for growers of apples, potatoes and a variety of vegetable crops. 

After two years of research and pilots, Luci Faas was successful in identifying a home-compostable cucumber wrap for Nature Fresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring her as one of 10 Women in Produce nominees. 

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Minor use coordinator announced for Ontario

Joshua Mosiondz will be joining the Horticulture Technology unit of Ontario’s ag ministry, effective immediately. 

 

CPMA announces new board

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announces its 2021 board of directors.  At the April 28th board meeting, Guy Milette of Courchesne Larose Ltée will assume the role as chair for 2021/2022.

CHC announces award winners at virtual AGM

The Canadian Horticultural Council recognized Quebecer Jocelyn St-Denis and Ontarian Hector Delanghe for their outstanding contributions to the sector. 

Passion for Produce participants announced

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association has announced 20 participants for the Passion for Produce program to be delivered virtually around Fresh Week in April.  

DRC announces new vp operations

Kevin Smith, a veteran of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, is joining the Dispute Resolution Corporation in Ottawa as vice-president, operations.  

Ontario growers should note that April 22 is the intake opening date to apply for a maximum of $15,000 to help offset costs of personal protective equipment and redesigned work stations. It’s first-come, first-served for the $10 million provincial program.

Cultivar, a produce company based in Spain, has won first prize in the “Best Convenience Packaging” category of the World Food Innovation Awards. The jury praised the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the paper-based format, while noting the reduction of plastic.

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Canada remains top destination for U.S. produce

Despite the pandemic, the produce supply chain held strong in 2020 with Canada receiving 49 per cent of American produce exports valued at $3.5 billion. The number is unchanged from 2019.  

Mosaic Company to collaborate with AgBiome

The Mosaic Company, a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, will collaborate with AgBiome, to discover, develop and launch novel biological approaches to enhancing soil fertility.

PMA and United Fresh to create new global trade association

The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association will combine on January 1, 2022. The new association will be led jointly by Cathy Burns and Tom Stenzel throughout 2022. After that, Burns will become the sole CEO. 

Peru remains top global exporter of blueberries

2020 exports of the blue superfruit were valued at US$1.020 billion, up 23.4 per cent compared to 2019. For two years now, Peru has outpaced Chile in blueberry production. 

In-person trade show features new safety spacing

The Viva Fresh Expo held in Texas in late March provides some clues as to how in-person events will be executed in the future. 

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Grape packaging wins prize for convenience

Cultivar, a produce company based in Spain, has won first prize in the “Best Convenience Packaging” category of the World Food Innovation Awards. The jury praised the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the paper-based format, while noting the reduction of plastic.

Mosaic Company to collaborate with AgBiome

The Mosaic Company, a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, will collaborate with AgBiome, to discover, develop and launch novel biological approaches to enhancing soil fertility.

PMA and United Fresh to create new global trade association

The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association will combine on January 1, 2022. The new association will be led jointly by Cathy Burns and Tom Stenzel throughout 2022. After that, Burns will become the sole CEO. 

Peru remains top global exporter of blueberries

2020 exports of the blue superfruit were valued at US$1.020 billion, up 23.4 per cent compared to 2019. For two years now, Peru has outpaced Chile in blueberry production. 

In-person trade show features new safety spacing

The Viva Fresh Expo held in Texas in late March provides some clues as to how in-person events will be executed in the future. 

RELATED NEWS

Grape packaging wins prize for convenience

Cultivar, a produce company based in Spain, has won first prize in the “Best Convenience Packaging” category of the World Food Innovation Awards. The jury praised the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the paper-based format, while noting the reduction of plastic.

Canada remains top destination for U.S. produce

Despite the pandemic, the produce supply chain held strong in 2020 with Canada receiving 49 per cent of American produce exports valued at $3.5 billion. The number is unchanged from 2019.  

PMA and United Fresh to create new global trade association

The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association will combine on January 1, 2022. The new association will be led jointly by Cathy Burns and Tom Stenzel throughout 2022. After that, Burns will become the sole CEO. 

Peru remains top global exporter of blueberries

2020 exports of the blue superfruit were valued at US$1.020 billion, up 23.4 per cent compared to 2019. For two years now, Peru has outpaced Chile in blueberry production. 

In-person trade show features new safety spacing

The Viva Fresh Expo held in Texas in late March provides some clues as to how in-person events will be executed in the future. 

Ontario’s vaccination strategy prioritizes agricultural workers in its phase-two rollout. Culturally appropriate resources in English, Spanish and Thai are available from the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association to communicate about the COVID-19 vaccines. 

 

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Food processing facilities to receive PPE funding

The federal government has announced more than $6 million to support worker health and safety in the Ontario food processing sector. Some of those recipients are greenhouse packing facilities.  

Pilot vaccination site opens April 10 at Toronto airport

Temporary foreign workers arriving by charter at Toronto Pearson International Airport will now be offered a vaccine at a secure vaccination site. The vaccine is voluntary. 

Luci Faas is one of 10 Women in Produce nominees

After two years of research and pilots, Luci Faas was successful in identifying a home-compostable cucumber wrap for Nature Fresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring her as one of 10 Women in Produce nominees. 

Ontario offers $10M to protect agri-food workers

Ontario growers should note that April 22 is the intake opening date to apply for a maximum of $15,000 to help offset costs of personal protective equipment and redesigned work stations. It’s first-come, first-served for the $10 million provincial program.

More automation coming to greenhouse cucumber growers

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is collaborating with INO, a leader in optics and photonics to bring robotic harvesting to Canadian greenhouse cucumber growers. 

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