SupriZingly! Sweet Strawberries, hydroponically-grown strawberries, have won the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), first identified in Canada in 2009, is an invasive species resulti

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  • Paul Hulsbos
    NatureFresh announces procurement manager in Mexico

    The Canadian greenhouse vegetable industry is highly integrated with the U.S. and Mexico. As an example, NatureFresh Farms has announced that Paul Hulsbos will join the organization as procurement manager in Mexico.

  • 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.

  • 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

AgriRecovery funds announced for PEI

Island farmers welcome financial relief for the hardships endured during a rainy fall 2018 that left 2,800 hectares of potatoes unharvested.

NatureFresh announces procurement manager in Mexico

The Canadian greenhouse vegetable industry is highly integrated with the U.S. and Mexico. As an example, NatureFresh Farms has announced that Paul Hulsbos will join the organization as procurement manager in Mexico.

Do farm markets require a DRC membership?

With roadside markets and farmers’ markets at full peak, it’s a worthy question to consider whether these growers need a membership in the Dispute Resolution Corporation to meet Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. A recent newsletter offers the scenarios.

Untapped potential in value-added sector

The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry recommends unleashing untapped potential in the value-added sector by reducing regulatory barriers. 

$1.3 million for Ontario research

Ontario's government is investing in research to prevent or control costly crop diseases and pests and improve production practices for fruit and vegetable growers.

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