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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Setting the table for the future

Shopping patterns have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers are buying different amounts of different products at different times in different places. Columnist Peter Chapman’s advice? Explore each difference to understand the impact on your products and your markets.

Food packaging must help reduce waste, but not at all costs

Columnist Owen Roberts explores the world of food packaging in a new report by Value Chain Management International called Less food loss, less packaging waste. Some tough choices lie ahead for the industry for getting commodities not just out of the fields, but in front of consumers too.

A thanks for carrying on

Growers this year are facing a plethora of additional costs and challenges to maintain compliance with new layers of regulations and ensure the health and safety of their workers writes Bill George. 

Attracting students to agriculture

The federal government is offering up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program and fund up to 700 new positions in agriculture.

Fewer hands, less food

Last July, this display of plenty from Oxford County grower John Den Boer was captured at the Ontario Food Terminal. As the summer of COVID-19 unfolds, the variety and volume of fruits and vegetables may not be in such grand array because growers do not have timely access to enough seasonal ag workers for essential planting and harvesting. The legal case of Brett Schuyler signifies the height of the hurdles faced by growers across Canada. 

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