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Tomberries: the next ‘little’ thing

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  • New Rural Economic Development portfolio

    Nova Scotia has a new minister in the federal cabinet in the new portfolio of Rural Economic Development. She’s MP Bernadette Jordan who has represented the riding of South Shore-St. Margarets since 2015.

  • L-R:  Matthias Oppenlaender, chair Grape Growers of Ontario, Michèle Bosc, Paul Bosc Sr., Amélie Boury and Miguel Fongalvo from Chateau des Charmes at an Award of Merit ceremony, April 2017.  Photo courtesy Grape Growers of Ontario.
    Obituary: Michèle Bosc

    Niagara’s grape and wine industry is mourning the untimely passing of Michèle Bosc, the vice-president of marketing and administration for Chateau des Charmes winery. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the trail-blazing winery had just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018.  

  • Crystal Mackay steps down

    President of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, Crystal MacKay, is leaving after a decade of leading industry associations.  She’ll continue in her role until after the annual general meeting in April 2019. 

  • 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. 

  • Bringing European berry innovation back to Canada

    The North American Strawberry Growers’ Association visited Europe in late 2018. Three major trends were evident:  driving excellence through specialization, driving efficiency through elevation and faster picking, driving savings through industry standardization.

  • Natural gas to be expanded in rural Ontario

    Ontario has passed legislation to expand access to natural gas in more parts of rural and northern Ontario. 

  • (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. 

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Changes to the Canadian Food Guide

Plants and plant-based protein are the favoured food groups in the draft edition of the new Canada Food Guide.

Health Canada reaffirms safety of glyphosate

Health Canada scientists have again rejected arguments that glyphosate causes cancer. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup.

New Rural Economic Development portfolio

Nova Scotia has a new minister in the federal cabinet in the new portfolio of Rural Economic Development. She’s MP Bernadette Jordan who has represented the riding of South Shore-St. Margarets since 2015.

Orondis Gold Potato fungicide launched

Potato growers have another tool against pink rot and Pythium leak with Syngenta Canada’s new Orondis Gold Potato fungicide.

Obituary: Michèle Bosc

Niagara’s grape and wine industry is mourning the untimely passing of Michèle Bosc, the vice-president of marketing and administration for Chateau des Charmes winery. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the trail-blazing winery had just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018.  

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