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CanAgPlus held its annual general meeting December 6, 2018, electing four directors to the board that oversees the CanadaGAP program. Stephanie Lariviere becomes chair and Scott Wright becomes vice-chair. 

Canada’s international farm workers contribute significantly to the local economies where they live.  The latest release in the Canadian Horticultural Council’s video series shows just how big and beneficial those contributions can be.

Oleen Smethurst, Costco Wholesale Canada, visits with grape grower John Thwaites, (L) and Mike Ecker, Vineland Growers’ Cooperative at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

It’s not too early to mark 2019 calendars. Canada Agriculture Day is February 12. Oleen Smethurst, assistant vice-president for produce procurement at Costco, is one of the headline speakers. 

The Ontario Potato Board held its annual general meeting on December 5. It represents 130 growers of 34,000 acres. The new 2019 chair is Shawn Brenn, Brenn-B Farms, Waterdown, Ontario. 

High-pressure sodium lights allow winter production of tomatoes at the NatureFresh Farms greenhouses in Delta, Ohio.

NatureFresh Farms, Leamington Ontario will add 32 acres of greenhouse tomatoes to its operations in 2019. The Delta, Ohio location is in its third winter growing season with high-pressure sodium lights. 

Lobbying on The Hill were the following. L-R:  Member of Parliament and 2018 CPMA Produce Champion Bev Shipley; Jason Verkaik (Carron Farms Ltd), Jan VanderHout (Beverly Greenhouses Ltd), Suraiya Gangji (CPMA), Margie Schurko (ABC Customs Brokers), Rob Johnson (Country Grocer).

The annual Fall Harvest event is an important relationship-building program with MPs and senators. This year’s themes were importance of international trade, access to crop protection products, access to labour and need for a national food strategy.

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  • Downy mildew on hops
    Presidio label expanded for field and greenhouse use

    Valent, the manufacturers of Presidio fungicide have been granted a label expansion for control of downy mildew on field and greenhouse basil, and downy mildew of hops. The expansion also includes suppression of Phytophthora blight and pod rot and downy mildew on edible podded beans in Canada. 

  • Syngenta launches Minecto Pro insecticide

    Minecto Pro is registered in potatoes for control of Colorado potato beetle, European corn borer, spider mite, potato psyllid and flea beetle.  It’s also registered to control labelled pests in apples, pears and various vegetable crops.

  • BASF introduces Serifel fungicide

    Powdery mildew and botrytis are the targets of BASF’s new Serifel fungicide for grapes.  Available for 2019, it can be used in conventional or organic production. 

  • New fungicide for vines, fruits, nuts, vegetables

    Adavelt is a novel fungicide in the Corteva Agriscience pipeline for disease control on a wide range of horticultural crops. 

  • Dr. Jim Brandle
    Dr. Jim Brandle resigns

    A tireless leader, Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, resigns effective November 9. He’s been in the role since the start-up in 2007. 

  • Mind to Market winners
    2018 Mind to Market award

    This ‘fruitful’ research collaboration between Moyers Apple Products and Prof. Keith Warriner produced a method to inactivate pathogens on apples that was more effective and product-friendly than washing. Implementing the proactive measure also increased market share.

  • Ken Forth (L) and Jan VanderHout, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.
    Industry Builder Award

    The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers has recognized the efforts of Ken Forth, chair of several labour committees and organizations, for his untiring work. He’s the 2018 recipient of the Industry Builder Award. 

  • André Lamontagne.
    Quebec has new ag minister

    Quebec’s new agriculture minister, André Lamontagne is one of 26 cabinet ministers sworn in October 18 under a Coalition Avenir Quebec premier. 

  • (L-R): Chris Bittle, MP St. Catharines; Shelley Martin, interim CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Dr. Tania Humphrey, Chief Scientific Officer, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; and Vance Badawey, MP Niagara Centre
    $5 million to automate greenhouses

    The feds have announced up to $5 million for an 'automation cluster' led by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Research will focus on robotic harvesters for greenhouse cucumbers, wireless irrigation for flowers and vegetables, and sensors for soil and air moisture. Ag minister Lawrence MacAulay and fellow MPs were on hand for the announcement.

     

  • Herbicide-resistant pigweed. Photo by Kristen Obeid.
    CropLife Canada helps growers manage resistance

    Manage Resistance Now is a new online resource developed by CropLife Canada to help growers minimize the development of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide resistance on their farms. 

  • Government challenges small businesses to innovate

    Innovative Solutions Canada is a new federal program that invites small businesses to come up with an innovative product, service or solution for a specific challenge they face.

  • More flavourful tomatoes on-the-vine

    Vineland is developing promising new varieties of more flavourful on-the-vine tomatoes. Check out their story and video.

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