The Canadian Horticultural Council has published its latest video about Jamaican Kevin Thomas. It’s a poignant story of how seasonal work in Canada pays for life-saving medication for his son who has sickle cell anemia. The twist? Thomas’ wife offers the testimonial.

Warrior strawberry variety, photo by Hector Amezcua/UC Davis

The public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, has released five new varieties. Two varieties – Victor and Warrior – are bred for cooler climates from Santa Maria south along California’s coast. 

The 2020 meeting of the federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meeting will be hosted in Guelph, Ontario – a hub of agricultural research and organizations. The announcement was made prior to the July 17-19, 2019 meetings in Quebec City.

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.


Nova fungicide for artichokes, greenhouse eggplant

Control of powdery mildew is available for globe artichokes and greenhouse eggplant with the label expansion of Nova fungicide.

Miticide for hops

Kanemite miticide label has been expanded for control of spider mites on hops in Canada.

Foliar applied fungicide for garden beets

Tilt 250E foliar fungicide is now registered for control of Cercospora Leaf Spot in garden beets.

EPA approves bee vectoring technology

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first active ingredient, Vectorite, of Bee Vectoring Technologies, based in Mississauga, Ontario. Commercially-reared bumblebees deliver the biopesticide as they visit flowering fruits - a low-cost, waterless method of crop protection.

No carcinogen warning required on glyphosate label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overriding California’s Proposition 65 law that requires warning labels on glyphosate that it is carcinogenic, citing the action as “irresponsible.” Glyphosate is the most commonly used weedkiller in the world.

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.



  • Grape King announced for 2019

    For John Fedorkow, it’s a lifetime achievement to be honoured as Grape King 2019. He was photographed at his 75-acre vineyard near St. David’s, Ontario. 

  • Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers names general manager

    The London-Ontario based association, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, has named Keith Robbins to the role of general manager. He starts September 17, 2019. 

  • Dino Farrese (L), 2018-2019 QPMA president presents Pillar of the Industry award to George Pitsikoulis
    QPMA honours George Pitsikoulis

    The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

  • Chris Duyvelshoff
    AALP Class 18 announced

    The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

  • 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.

Recent News

Orchard Outlook Podcast by Perennia

Michelle Cortens, tree fruit specialist for Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.,has started a podcast seriesthat can benefit not only growers in Nova Scotia, but across the country.Her most recent podcast:  Sensing Fruit Maturity.

Nova fungicide for artichokes, greenhouse eggplant

Control of powdery mildew is available for globe artichokes and greenhouse eggplant with the label expansion of Nova fungicide.

CFA to host agriculture leadership debate

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is hosting an agriculture leaders’ debate on September 24, 2019.  Tune in at 7 pm EST as Kelsey Johnson, bilingual economics reporter for Reuters, moderates the two-hour discussion.

Greenhouse waste may fight Lake Erie algae

Tomato roots – discarded at the end of a growing season – may be the answer in filtering out phosphate before it reaches water courses that empty into Lake Erie. University of Windsor doctoral student David Ure explains his research to combat algal blooms.

New name for hops competition

The annual hops competition held at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention has a new name: ONHops Brewoff. The feature beer style for 2020 is The Double (aka Imperial) IPA.

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