Michelle Broom

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

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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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

On opening day of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. announced its name change to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. to better reflect the company’s mission. The Kingsville, Ont. supplier has been in business since 1982.

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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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

Interested in the latest in farm tax and farm law? Check out the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors’ seminar / webinar Oct. 18, 2018 in Waterloo, Ont. 

Government funding for B.C. farmers, agrifood and seafood processors aims to help grow markets in other parts of Canada and abroad. But success doesn’t come overnight.

Walmart U.S. will require suppliers to use block chain technology within a year to help traceability efforts in case of outbreaks of E. coliand other diseases in lettuce. Currently, there is no similar requirement from Walmart Canada.

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Potato Days in The Netherlands

Dutch breeding companies showcased dozens of new potato varieties in early November 2018.  

Interpoma Technology Awards

New awards highlighted how fast technologies are changing the face of the European apple industry at this year’s 2018 Interpoma in Bolzano, Italy.  

BASF opens state-of-the-art cucumber breeding centre

The centre’s facilities and technologies are expected to speed breeding of new varieties of cucumbers up to 25 per cent faster, and reduce gas consumption by up to 48 per cent in Nunhem, the Netherlands.

What is next after the U.S. mid-terms?

New legislators in the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives may not be quick to sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. 

E coli investigation findings

Quality of irrigation water matters. In the case of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce grown in Arizona last spring, regulators speculate that irrigation canal water used to dilute crop protection products might have contributed to the disaster. 

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association will be reviewing details of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but is pleased that the deal maintains the integrated supply chains across borders.

The OFVGA responded positively to Ontario’s announcement that it would hold the line on the province’s minimum wage of $14/hour and not increase it on January 1, 2019. The current government made the promise in the June 2018 provincial election.

Streptomycin is applied in apple orchards during bloom to prevent fire blight. Photographed at Knight’s Appleden Fruit Ltd., Colborne, ON by Glenn Lowson.

Looking back on now seven seasons in edible horticulture, what is clear is that crop protection has become a rapidly changing field. I think many would agree that some of the most radical changes have occurred in the last decade, or even just the past year or two. 

September is a great time to visit the Grey Roots museum and archives to see their interactive apple exhibit that just opened. It includes the cover photo of the October issue of The Grower, celebrating the 38th season of Jamaican Stedley Stephenson. 

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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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

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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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Ontario Potato Board elects new chair

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. 

NatureFresh Farms expands in Leamington

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. 

Canadian sparkling wines are strong global contenders

Canada’s sparkling wines are worthy of international competition, according to Tom Stevenson, one of the world’s leading experts.  And taste testing proved it at the Cool Climate and Oenology Viticulture Institute.

B.C. Buy Local week promotes local food and drink

Local businesses make important contributions to our economy.  BC Buy Local has designated December 3 to 9 as Buy Local week,and shows ‘7 ways for 7 days’ to support your local businesses, farmers and artisans.

18,000 seasonal workers head home

Ontario farmers are nearing the end of another fall harvest made possible by a seasonal labour program that has helped the province’s fruit and vegetable industry to thrive for more than 50 years.

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