L-R:  MPP Christine Hogarth; Ontario agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman; Steve Bamford, Toronto Wholesale Produce Association; Christy McMullen, chair, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.

Uncertainty about the future of the Ontario Food Terminal has been put to rest. Ontario’s agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman announced the government’s commitment to the Etobicoke location at the confluence of several major highways and on the outskirts of downtown Toronto.

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Biological insecticides for greenhouse strawberries

Bioprotec and Dipel biological insecticide labels have been expanded for control of leafrollers on greenhouse strawberries in Canada.

Revised Delegate label

The pre-harvest interval of Delegate insecticide has been amended to one day for bushberries for the control of spotted wing drosophila.

Belchim Crop Protection Canada

Earlier this year, Engage Agro changed its name to Belchim Crop Protection Canada. Now, the parent company Belchim Crop Protection NV has purchased 100 per cent control.

Koppert partners with Ecoation

Advances in artificial intelligence are making an economic difference to greenhouse growers. Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands is cooperating with Ecoation, based in Vancouver, BC to better detect pests before they pose real harm.

Chris Davison heads to Washington

With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

L-R: MP Jatai Sidhu, federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and David Mutz.

Federal ag minister Bibeau went to Abbotsford, the heart of British Columbia’s berry industry, to announce $3.6 million to the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association. In 2018, the sector generated more than $234 million.

Left to right: Pierre Riel, senior vice president and general manager, Costco Wholesale Eastern Canada; Gino Dorico, district vice president, Costco Wholesale Eastern Canada; Jerry Renda, general manager of Costco St. John’s Warehouse; St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen; Nancy Healey, CEO, St. John’s Board of Trade; Brenda Croke, assistant warehouse manager, Costco St. John’s Warehouse.

One of Canada’s top five grocers has opened its largest warehouse in Canada. It’s a 182,000 square-foot facility in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The Morris Gervais family

The Morris Gervais family, a fruit and vegetable farm near Springwater, Ontario, is hosting Breakfast on the Farm for Farm & Food Care Ontario on September 14, 2019.

(L-R) Wayne Easter and Ron Lemaire, president, CPMA

Member of Parliament Wayne Easter is named 2019 Produce Champion.  The Canadian Produce Marketing Association applauds the PEI member’s support of the produce industry and his effectiveness in bringing forward industry issues on Parliament Hill.

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Greenhouse grower missing on fishing trip

Quebec greenhouse grower Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son are reported missing in northern Quebec as his helicopter failed to return from a fishing trip. He is the founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

Hardeman welcomes parliamentary assistant

As part of Ontario’s cabinet overhaul, other changes are also underway. On June 26, agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman welcomed Toby Barrett as parliamentary assistant for agriculture and food.

Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon

For more than 35 years the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon has marked the opening of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival by showcasing Canadian personalities and celebrating the annual grape harvest. This year’s guest is Brent Butt. 

Ken Forth awarded honorary doctorate

The University of Guelph conferred an honorary degree on broccoli grower Ken Forth during convocation ceremonies on June 12.  He was cited for his decades of leadership work on the labour file that has taken him to Mexico, the Caribbean and meetings in Europe.

Chris Davison heads to Washington

With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

Cathy Lennon, an agricultural leader and advocate for more than 20 years, becomes the new general manager of Ontario’s largest agricultural organization on August 30, 2019. 

Peter Chapman recommends questioning the status quo every year.If the answers do not change, then keep on going. But when there are shifts, adapt and keep your customer informed as well.

Water monitoring activities are needed to generate robust and comprehensive data for all areas of Canada. Chris Duyvelshoff recommends more coordination to support the long-term sustainability of PMRA. 

Few women and few applicants under 30 join the ranks of truck drivers.What can be done to improve the image of this important role in the produce chain asks Jennifer Morris. 

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  • Stéphane Roy
    Greenhouse grower missing on fishing trip

    Quebec greenhouse grower Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son are reported missing in northern Quebec as his helicopter failed to return from a fishing trip. He is the founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

  • (L-R) Wayne Easter and Ron Lemaire, president, CPMA
    CPMA names produce champion

    Member of Parliament Wayne Easter is named 2019 Produce Champion.  The Canadian Produce Marketing Association applauds the PEI member’s support of the produce industry and his effectiveness in bringing forward industry issues on Parliament Hill.

  • Ontario ag minister Ernie Hardeman, left, and Toby Barrett, parliamentary assistant.
    Hardeman welcomes parliamentary assistant

    As part of Ontario’s cabinet overhaul, other changes are also underway. On June 26, agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman welcomed Toby Barrett as parliamentary assistant for agriculture and food.

  • Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon

    For more than 35 years the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon has marked the opening of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival by showcasing Canadian personalities and celebrating the annual grape harvest. This year’s guest is Brent Butt. 

  • 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.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    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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$1.3 million for Ontario research

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Greenhouse grower missing on fishing trip

Quebec greenhouse grower Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son are reported missing in northern Quebec as his helicopter failed to return from a fishing trip. He is the founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

A new pale-coloured mini cucumber

NatureFresh Farms is adding a new pale-coloured cucumber to its offerings.  It’s called Unveiled Mini Cucumbers with packaging that communicates plenty of social media channels.

New agri-food immigration pilot

Canada is launching a new three-year economic immigration pilot to help address worker shortages in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse sectors. Details on how to apply will be available in early 2020 says Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.

4-H Canada updates pledge

The 4-H pledge that’s been used for more than a century is now cognizant of global linkages. The last line reads…For my club, my community, my country, and my world.

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