The California company that has engineered an edible covering for fruits and vegetables is opening offices in key countries:  Mexico, Netherlands and Peru. 

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Potato Sustainability Alliance formed

Two Canadians have been elected to the board of directors of the new Potato Sustainability Alliance. They are John MacQuarrie, Cavendish Farms as chair and Sanford Gleddie, The Little Potato Company as treasurer. 

Fruit Logistica Innovation Award goes to Yoom tomatoes

The Yoom tomato bred by Syngenta Seeds has been voted the 2020 Innovation of the Year by fair goers to the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin.  

U.S. potatoes destined for China

As details are unearthed about the American trade deal with China, growers are learning that processing potatoes could be eligible by February 24, 2020. Last-minute negotiations are anticipated regarding market access protocol. 

E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce declared over

American food safety authorities declared that as of January 15, 2020, the E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce from Salinas, California is now over. A total of 165 people were sickened. No deaths were reported. 

Fruit Logistica Innovation Award nominees

The showcase of 2020 Innovation Award nominees will be a top attraction in Berlin from Feb 5-7.  One of them is a cross between Chinese green cabbage and broccoli with a distinctive purple stalk. 

RELATED NEWS

Potato Sustainability Alliance formed

Two Canadians have been elected to the board of directors of the new Potato Sustainability Alliance. They are John MacQuarrie, Cavendish Farms as chair and Sanford Gleddie, The Little Potato Company as treasurer. 

Fruit Logistica Innovation Award goes to Yoom tomatoes

The Yoom tomato bred by Syngenta Seeds has been voted the 2020 Innovation of the Year by fair goers to the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin.  

U.S. potatoes destined for China

As details are unearthed about the American trade deal with China, growers are learning that processing potatoes could be eligible by February 24, 2020. Last-minute negotiations are anticipated regarding market access protocol. 

E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce declared over

American food safety authorities declared that as of January 15, 2020, the E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce from Salinas, California is now over. A total of 165 people were sickened. No deaths were reported. 

Fruit Logistica Innovation Award nominees

The showcase of 2020 Innovation Award nominees will be a top attraction in Berlin from Feb 5-7.  One of them is a cross between Chinese green cabbage and broccoli with a distinctive purple stalk. 

The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

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2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers named

Katie and Phil Keddy are the winners of the 2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers competition. Besides growing strawberries at Lakeville, Nova Scotia, they are the largest growers of sweet potatoes east of Ontario. 

Cheers to ONHops Brewoff winners

VQH Farms, a perennial competitor, took first place this year with Great Lakes Brewery for the Imperial (double) IPA’ style of craft beer. The annual competition was hosted at the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention. 

Bragging rights are in store for cider competition winners

Congrats to all apple growers in the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention cider competition held February 19.  Winners were announced for sweet cider, specialty cider and common cider.

Ontario fruit and vegetable growers re-elect board chair

Grape grower Bill George Jr. will serve a second one-year term. He and his wife Lesliann grow 160 acres of wine grapes in the Niagara region.

 

Pinder Dhaliwal continues to lead BC Fruit Growers

Oliver cherry grower Pinder Dhaliwal will continue as president of the 400-member strong BC Fruit Growers’ Association.The annual general meeting was held February 11-12 in Kelowna.

CPMA and PMA will stop issuing generic Universal Product Codes at the end of December, 2019.  Instead, brand owner-specific codes or global trade item numbers will be used.  One benefit: enhanced traceability efforts in the case of a food recall.

Meeuwsen Farms finishing up 2019 harvest

The weather has won this fall’s battle writes Terence Hochstein, executive director, Potato Growers of Alberta. He predicts about 7,500 acres are affected in southern Alberta.  

The 41st annual wine tasting event, held at Queen’s Park October 30, named the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2020. For red wine, it’s Three Dog Winery 2017 Dog House Red and for white wine, it’s Vineland Estates Winery 2017 Unoaked Chardonnay. 

RELATED NEWS

2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers named

Katie and Phil Keddy are the winners of the 2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers competition. Besides growing strawberries at Lakeville, Nova Scotia, they are the largest growers of sweet potatoes east of Ontario. 

Cheers to ONHops Brewoff winners

VQH Farms, a perennial competitor, took first place this year with Great Lakes Brewery for the Imperial (double) IPA’ style of craft beer. The annual competition was hosted at the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention. 

Bragging rights are in store for cider competition winners

Congrats to all apple growers in the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention cider competition held February 19.  Winners were announced for sweet cider, specialty cider and common cider.

Ontario fruit and vegetable growers re-elect board chair

Grape grower Bill George Jr. will serve a second one-year term. He and his wife Lesliann grow 160 acres of wine grapes in the Niagara region.

 

Pinder Dhaliwal continues to lead BC Fruit Growers

Oliver cherry grower Pinder Dhaliwal will continue as president of the 400-member strong BC Fruit Growers’ Association.The annual general meeting was held February 11-12 in Kelowna.

Ellie Stauffer, senior champion; Ryley Mappin, junior champion

Passionate and politic – that’s the best way to describe this year’s crop of Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture who competed at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 2. This year’s senior champion was Ellie Stauffer from Alberta. The junior champion was also an Albertan:  Ryley Mappin. 

RELATED NEWS

2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers named

Katie and Phil Keddy are the winners of the 2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers competition. Besides growing strawberries at Lakeville, Nova Scotia, they are the largest growers of sweet potatoes east of Ontario. 

Cheers to ONHops Brewoff winners

VQH Farms, a perennial competitor, took first place this year with Great Lakes Brewery for the Imperial (double) IPA’ style of craft beer. The annual competition was hosted at the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention. 

Bragging rights are in store for cider competition winners

Congrats to all apple growers in the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention cider competition held February 19.  Winners were announced for sweet cider, specialty cider and common cider.

Ontario fruit and vegetable growers re-elect board chair

Grape grower Bill George Jr. will serve a second one-year term. He and his wife Lesliann grow 160 acres of wine grapes in the Niagara region.

 

Pinder Dhaliwal continues to lead BC Fruit Growers

Oliver cherry grower Pinder Dhaliwal will continue as president of the 400-member strong BC Fruit Growers’ Association.The annual general meeting was held February 11-12 in Kelowna.

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Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald forecasts the future of IPM

The state of Integrated Pest Management keeps evolving with new equipment and techniques for identifying diseases and pests.

2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers named

Katie and Phil Keddy are the winners of the 2020 Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers competition. Besides growing strawberries at Lakeville, Nova Scotia, they are the largest growers of sweet potatoes east of Ontario. 

Federal carbon tax is impacting farmers negatively

New survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business reveal that 82% of farmers are hurt by the carbon tax. The association urges the federal government to exempt natural gas, propane and aviation fuel used for farming. 

British Columbia trims agricultural budget

The NDP provincial government has trimmed the budget for the agriculture ministry by almost $3 million, to $95.4 million. 

Potato Sustainability Alliance formed

Two Canadians have been elected to the board of directors of the new Potato Sustainability Alliance. They are John MacQuarrie, Cavendish Farms as chair and Sanford Gleddie, The Little Potato Company as treasurer. 

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