L-R:  John Spurr, Bill Spurr, Lisa Jenereaux, Katie Campbell, Will Spurr, pictured at Melvern Square, Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.  

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Dr. Ian Potter has been named the new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, effective April 1, 2019.  He comes from senior leadership roles with the National Research Council (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF).

Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister is named

Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

Mastronardi Produce teams with John Paul DeJoria

Mastronardi Produce has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavourful produce more widely accessible. The concept? To develop advanced high-density farming systems for underserved markets around the globe.

2019 Passion for Produce participants announced

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced 15 winning participants for the 2019 ‘Passion for Produce’ program at this year’s convention and trade show in Montreal. Kara Badder is one of eight women nominated to attend.

CHC honours Murray Porteous

The Canadian Horticultural Council honoured Murray Porteous with its annual Doug Connery Award at the 97th annual general meeting in Halifax. He’s an asparagus, apple, pear and sour cherry grower from Simcoe, Ontario. 

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Vineland names new CEO

Dr. Ian Potter has been named the new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, effective April 1, 2019.  He comes from senior leadership roles with the National Research Council (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF).

Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister is named

Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

Lisa Jenereaux named IFTA president

Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.  

2019 Passion for Produce participants announced

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced 15 winning participants for the 2019 ‘Passion for Produce’ program at this year’s convention and trade show in Montreal. Kara Badder is one of eight women nominated to attend.

CHC honours Murray Porteous

The Canadian Horticultural Council honoured Murray Porteous with its annual Doug Connery Award at the 97th annual general meeting in Halifax. He’s an asparagus, apple, pear and sour cherry grower from Simcoe, Ontario. 

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Vineland names new CEO

Dr. Ian Potter has been named the new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, effective April 1, 2019.  He comes from senior leadership roles with the National Research Council (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF).

Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister is named

Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

Lisa Jenereaux named IFTA president

Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.  

Mastronardi Produce teams with John Paul DeJoria

Mastronardi Produce has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavourful produce more widely accessible. The concept? To develop advanced high-density farming systems for underserved markets around the globe.

CHC honours Murray Porteous

The Canadian Horticultural Council honoured Murray Porteous with its annual Doug Connery Award at the 97th annual general meeting in Halifax. He’s an asparagus, apple, pear and sour cherry grower from Simcoe, Ontario. 

Leah Blechschmidt hangs blue vane traps to passively sample wild bees in an Ontario apple orchard.

University of Guelph’s Leah Blechschmidt is the student poster winner at the 2019 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention for her research into the abundance and diversity of native bees in Ontario apple orchards. A video based on her research is now a finalist in NSERC’s Science, Action! Contest which ends March 27.

Murray Porteous in his apple orchard near Simcoe, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Canadian Horticultural Council honoured Murray Porteous with its annual Doug Connery Award at the 97th annual general meeting in Halifax. He’s an asparagus, apple, pear and sour cherry grower from Simcoe, Ontario. 

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Vineland names new CEO

Dr. Ian Potter has been named the new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, effective April 1, 2019.  He comes from senior leadership roles with the National Research Council (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF).

Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister is named

Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

Lisa Jenereaux named IFTA president

Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.  

Mastronardi Produce teams with John Paul DeJoria

Mastronardi Produce has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavourful produce more widely accessible. The concept? To develop advanced high-density farming systems for underserved markets around the globe.

2019 Passion for Produce participants announced

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced 15 winning participants for the 2019 ‘Passion for Produce’ program at this year’s convention and trade show in Montreal. Kara Badder is one of eight women nominated to attend.

Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council

Halifax hosted the annual general meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council from March 5-7, 2019.  Ontario apple grower Brian Gilroy remains president while Ontario greenhouse cucumber grower Jan VanderHout moves into the vice-president’s role.

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Vineland names new CEO

Dr. Ian Potter has been named the new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, effective April 1, 2019.  He comes from senior leadership roles with the National Research Council (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF).

Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister is named

Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

Lisa Jenereaux named IFTA president

Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.  

Mastronardi Produce teams with John Paul DeJoria

Mastronardi Produce has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavourful produce more widely accessible. The concept? To develop advanced high-density farming systems for underserved markets around the globe.

2019 Passion for Produce participants announced

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced 15 winning participants for the 2019 ‘Passion for Produce’ program at this year’s convention and trade show in Montreal. Kara Badder is one of eight women nominated to attend.

A group of 18 agri-food industry leaders met with the Ontario ag minister and parliamentary assistant Randy Pettapiece on March 7 to discuss growing the agri-food sector. However, other than a tweeted photo, the government has not released the names of the members.

President Donald Trump says he’s asked China to immediately remove all tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, according to Bloomberg news service. That would be a boon to American farmers, especially soybean producers, but a significant ripple effect could follow in the agricultural exports of other countries.

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Coalition formed to keep Tomato Suspension Agreement

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s recently announced intent to withdraw from the 2013 Tomato Suspension Agreement has raised the concern of an American coalition of nearly 80 businesses and industry associations. Canada is watching closely for any unintended consequences if the pull-out goes ahead on May 7.

Film row covers benefit German asparagus growers

About 90 per cent of the asparagus acreage in Germany is covered with film. That’s because white asparagus is considered the German king of vegetables. The season kicks off in April.

U.S.- China negotiations gain traction as March 1 deadline approaches

The U.S. and China have started to outline commitments in principle on the stickiest issues in their trade dispute, marking significant progress, according to one Asia news outlet.

Canada flies the flag at Fruit Logistica, Germany

Canadian association leaders, growers and suppliers recently united under one pavilion at Fruit Logistica for a third consecutive year. This year’s February 6-8, 2019 event in Berlin billed itself as the world’s largest fresh produce trade show.

FDA strengthens warning process for food recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking new steps to strengthen and modernize the process for issuing public warnings and notification of product recalls.

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Automated agriplanter debuts on Ontario vegetable farms

Several Ontario vegetable farms are working together to trial new transplanting technology they hope will save time and labour.

First Fruit Logistica start-up day

Fruit Logistica hosts the first Start-up Day presenting 20 entrepreneurs in ten-minute intervals on February 8, 2019. One new technology is an indoor drone for insect control in greenhouses.

Strawberry fields forever

Day-neutral strawberries help meet market demands, but growers face new pest management obstacles.

Automating agriculture

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre researchers hope that federal funding will help them build a network to accelerate development and commercialization of labour-saving agricultural technologies.

Bringing European berry innovation back to Canada

The North American Strawberry Growers’ Association visited Europe in late 2018. Three major trends were evident:  driving excellence through specialization, driving efficiency through elevation and faster picking, driving savings through industry standardization.

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  • Vineland names new CEO

    Dr. Ian Potter has been named the new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, effective April 1, 2019.  He comes from senior leadership roles with the National Research Council (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF).

  • Chris Van de Laar the 2018 Grape King and new Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group volunteer
    Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister is named

    Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

  • L-R:  John Spurr, Bill Spurr, Lisa Jenereaux, Katie Campbell, Will Spurr, pictured at Melvern Square, Nova Scotia.
    Lisa Jenereaux named IFTA president

    Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.  

  • Mastronardi Produce teams with John Paul DeJoria

    Mastronardi Produce has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavourful produce more widely accessible. The concept? To develop advanced high-density farming systems for underserved markets around the globe.

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April 1 deadline for fuel exemption forms

It’s no joke that on April 1, federally imposed carbon taxes will come into effect across several provinces. Exemption certificates – for partial relief – can be downloaded from the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Brock U to offer wine-business management certificate

Starting this spring, Brock University will deliver a Wine Business Management Certificate to help industry personnel develop the competencies to successfully manage wine-related businesses. The program will run Fridays for five weeks from May 24 to June 21.

CPMA applauds 2019 federal budget

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association welcomed the 2019 federal budget, calling the federal investments ‘transformative’ in addressing areas of strategic importance to the Canadian produce industry.

Vineland names new CEO

Dr. Ian Potter has been named the new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, effective April 1, 2019.  He comes from senior leadership roles with the National Research Council (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF).

Ontario makes local food more accessible

The Ontario government is making it easier for public institutions such as universities and hospitals to procure local food by removing red tape and providing tools that encourage its use to farmers, food distributors and public sector organizations.

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