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The Grower BASF Interview February 18 2016

Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower interviews Scott Hodgins, horticultural brand manager, BASF at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, February 18, 2016.

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John Jamieson takes on CEO role

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has hired John Jamieson as its new president and CEO. Most recently, Jamieson served as deputy minister of agriculture and fisheries, and deputy minister of rural and regional development in Prince Edward Island. He was also a past executive director of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture.

Dairy farmer is new PEI ag minister

Bloyce Thompson is adding extra roles to his daily routine of milking Holstein cows. He is Prince Edward Island’s new minister of agriculture and land, justice and public safety and attorney general.

Regulatory competitiveness on front burner

Anne Fowlie, who helmed the Canadian Horticultural Council for 17 years, has been appointed to the federal government’s External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness.

New ag minister in Alberta

Devin Dreeshen is the new minister of agriculture and forestry for Alberta. The fifth-generation farmer, 31, is part of Premier Jason Kenny’s new United Conservative Party cabinet.

BCfresh adds Dawn Gray to its board

BCfresh has appointed produce veteran Dawn Gray to its board of directors. This year marks her 40th year in the global produce industry, having worked with some of the top produce companies in the world.

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Spearheading change with asparagus allies

For the last two years, Rebecca Compton has chaired the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario through a challenging marketing period. While managing 60 acres and an on-farm retail outlet, Big Red Barn near Delhi, Ontario, she encourages her young children – Sable and Anson – to be at home in the field.

Breeding local apples for multiple micro-climates

Many apple growers are converting to high-density orchards with top-selling consumer favourites:  Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and Gala. The search for new varieties is arduous as Cathy McKay, vice-chair of the Ontario Apple Growers, attests. She’s been one of the champions of a new Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium.

Cannabis clouds competitiveness of greenhouse vegetable sector

Canada’s greenhouse vegetable sector is feeling the heat from energy prices to carbon taxes to cannabis conversions. But Duffy Kniaziew, owner, Orangeline Farms, is sticking with what he knows: peppers.

Seasonal workers a win-win, says apple producer

In the Canadian Horticultural Council’s latest video, British Columbia apple grower Nirwal Dhaliwal talks about the importance of international workers, both to running his operation, and personally, as friends and neighbours.

Local Line platform helps market gardener

Organic market gardener Joe Grootenboer moved to the Local Line software platform a year ago. With a customized box program, he has increased the average sale from $19 per week to $27 per week.

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Spearheading change with asparagus allies

For the last two years, Rebecca Compton has chaired the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario through a challenging marketing period. While managing 60 acres and an on-farm retail outlet, Big Red Barn near Delhi, Ontario, she encourages her young children – Sable and Anson – to be at home in the field.

Breeding local apples for multiple micro-climates

Many apple growers are converting to high-density orchards with top-selling consumer favourites:  Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and Gala. The search for new varieties is arduous as Cathy McKay, vice-chair of the Ontario Apple Growers, attests. She’s been one of the champions of a new Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium.

Cannabis clouds competitiveness of greenhouse vegetable sector

Canada’s greenhouse vegetable sector is feeling the heat from energy prices to carbon taxes to cannabis conversions. But Duffy Kniaziew, owner, Orangeline Farms, is sticking with what he knows: peppers.

Seasonal workers a win-win, says apple producer

In the Canadian Horticultural Council’s latest video, British Columbia apple grower Nirwal Dhaliwal talks about the importance of international workers, both to running his operation, and personally, as friends and neighbours.

Local Line platform helps market gardener

Organic market gardener Joe Grootenboer moved to the Local Line software platform a year ago. With a customized box program, he has increased the average sale from $19 per week to $27 per week.

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Spearheading change with asparagus allies

For the last two years, Rebecca Compton has chaired the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario through a challenging marketing period. While managing 60 acres and an on-farm retail outlet, Big Red Barn near Delhi, Ontario, she encourages her young children – Sable and Anson – to be at home in the field.

Breeding local apples for multiple micro-climates

Many apple growers are converting to high-density orchards with top-selling consumer favourites:  Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and Gala. The search for new varieties is arduous as Cathy McKay, vice-chair of the Ontario Apple Growers, attests. She’s been one of the champions of a new Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium.

Cannabis clouds competitiveness of greenhouse vegetable sector

Canada’s greenhouse vegetable sector is feeling the heat from energy prices to carbon taxes to cannabis conversions. But Duffy Kniaziew, owner, Orangeline Farms, is sticking with what he knows: peppers.

Seasonal workers a win-win, says apple producer

In the Canadian Horticultural Council’s latest video, British Columbia apple grower Nirwal Dhaliwal talks about the importance of international workers, both to running his operation, and personally, as friends and neighbours.

Local Line platform helps market gardener

Organic market gardener Joe Grootenboer moved to the Local Line software platform a year ago. With a customized box program, he has increased the average sale from $19 per week to $27 per week.

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  • John Jamieson
    John Jamieson takes on CEO role

    The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has hired John Jamieson as its new president and CEO. Most recently, Jamieson served as deputy minister of agriculture and fisheries, and deputy minister of rural and regional development in Prince Edward Island. He was also a past executive director of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture.

  • Dairy farmer is new PEI ag minister

    Bloyce Thompson is adding extra roles to his daily routine of milking Holstein cows. He is Prince Edward Island’s new minister of agriculture and land, justice and public safety and attorney general.

  • Regulatory competitiveness on front burner

    Anne Fowlie, who helmed the Canadian Horticultural Council for 17 years, has been appointed to the federal government’s External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness.

  • Devin Dreeshen
    New ag minister in Alberta

    Devin Dreeshen is the new minister of agriculture and forestry for Alberta. The fifth-generation farmer, 31, is part of Premier Jason Kenny’s new United Conservative Party cabinet.

  • 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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Rebecca Compton updates state of Ontario asparagus industry

Rebecca Compton, chair of Asparagus Farmers of Ontario, talks about her background and leadership approach to tackling industry issues.

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Parasol fungicide label is expanded for management of several diseases on cranberries, grapes and hops in Canada.

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Farmers markets get set for the 2019 season

A few farmers’ markets will open Victoria Day weekend offering local produce to shoppers. What’s available this early in the season? Asparagus with rhubarb, green onions and radishes soon to follow. Also look for greenhouse-grown produce such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and strawberries.

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