Lana Popham, BC agriculture minister

British Columbia’s agriculture minister has announced a new $5 million Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund. It’s welcome news after poor returns from the 2017 season. 

The federal government offered a number of carrots in its new Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is officially announced to take effect April 1, 2018.  Program details and applications are now available for: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.

J.R. Simplot announces $460 million expansion near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to be ready in fall 2019. That’s major news for potato growers who harvest 65,000 acres now. 

Ontario horticultural producers who participate in SDRM are automatically enrolled in this new support program. Other producers should call Agricorp by March 23, 2018. 

Canada’s Agriculture Day is February 13, 2018. It’s a day to showcase what’s happening in agriculture from the farm gate to the consumer’s plate. 

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Alberta’s boycott of BC wines over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline has been transformed by BC wineries into a public relations opportunity. Christine Coletta, owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, is taking the bull by the horns.

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FEATURES

  • Gordon Stock joins OFVGA

    Looking to the future, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has created a new position of senior policy advisor and government relations. 

  • Jan VanderHout in the Beverly Greenhouses propagation area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.
    Greenhouse Canada features

    Veteran reporter Dave Harrison has just retired after 22 years as editor of Greenhouse Canada. One of his last features was with another veteran: Ontario cucumber grower Jan VanderHout. 

  • Art Moyer
    Golden Apple Award

    Niagara-area farm leader is named Golden Apple award winner.

  • Robert Henderson
    New PEI ag minister

    A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

Recent News

BC expands replant program

British Columbia’s agriculture minister has announced a new $5 million Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund. It’s welcome news after poor returns from the 2017 season. 

University of Guelph funding

The University of Guelph and OMAFRA are renewing a 10-year partnership worth $713 million for research and innovation.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is officially announced to take effect April 1, 2018.  Program details and applications are now available for: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.

Simplot expands in Manitoba

J.R. Simplot announces $460 million expansion near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to be ready in fall 2019. That’s major news for potato growers who harvest 65,000 acres now. 

Fruit Logistica innovators

Three innovations tickled the 75,000 attendees in Berlin. They were a snack, a tomato and renewable packaging. 

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