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In recent years, the mergers of global crop protection companies promised robust R & D pipelines.  But the reality is that fewer products and label extensions will come to horticulture. That’s because there’s a bottleneck of reduced trial capacity at the Pest Management Centre says apple grower Charles Stevens, Newcastle, ON. 

 

Carbon taxes vs climate change: a hot potato for farmers

The cost of energy-intensive fertilizer is set to increase under a new carbon tax regime. It’s yet another burning issue for horticulture, on top of labour and crop protection. 

Pressure testing your financial health

John Molenhuis, business analysis and cost-of-production specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) worked with the grape, tender fruit and apple groups for years, updating baseline measurements every five years that compare the average of the group to the top 25. 

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The perfect storm in accessing crop protection products

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Carbon taxes vs climate change: a hot potato for farmers

The cost of energy-intensive fertilizer is set to increase under a new carbon tax regime. It’s yet another burning issue for horticulture, on top of labour and crop protection. 

Pressure testing your financial health

John Molenhuis, business analysis and cost-of-production specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) worked with the grape, tender fruit and apple groups for years, updating baseline measurements every five years that compare the average of the group to the top 25. 

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Artificial intelligence is coming to greenhouse vegetables operations

Smart algorithms can optimize and steer climate, irrigation and energy in daily operations of greenhouses. A January 28 webinar delves into how artificial intelligence can reduce dependency on human expertise in controlled environments. 

Telus launches agriculture division

Telus Corporation, a Canadian telecom company, has announced its acquisitions of several data management and analytics companies to come under the umbrella of Telus Agriculture.   

Ecoation partners with robotic arm developer

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Biobest partners with ecoation to drive AI-optimized IPM

Biobest, a global supplier for biological control of pests and disease, is partnering with Ecoation Innovation Solutions to digitize the scheduling of integrated pest management in the European market. 

Excalia fungicide registered for apples

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ADAMA announces expanded eastern Canadian network

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CPMA announces new board

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Minor use coordinator announced for Ontario

Joshua Mosiondz will be joining the Horticulture Technology unit of Ontario’s ag ministry, effective immediately. 

 

CPMA announces new board

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announces its 2021 board of directors.  At the April 28th board meeting, Guy Milette of Courchesne Larose Ltée will assume the role as chair for 2021/2022.

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Food processing facilities to receive PPE funding

The federal government has announced more than $6 million to support worker health and safety in the Ontario food processing sector. Some of those recipients are greenhouse packing facilities.  

Pilot vaccination site opens April 10 at Toronto airport

Temporary foreign workers arriving by charter at Toronto Pearson International Airport will now be offered a vaccine at a secure vaccination site. The vaccine is voluntary. 

Luci Faas is one of 10 Women in Produce nominees

After two years of research and pilots, Luci Faas was successful in identifying a home-compostable cucumber wrap for Nature Fresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring her as one of 10 Women in Produce nominees. 

Ontario offers $10M to protect agri-food workers

Ontario growers should note that April 22 is the intake opening date to apply for a maximum of $15,000 to help offset costs of personal protective equipment and redesigned work stations. It’s first-come, first-served for the $10 million provincial program.

More automation coming to greenhouse cucumber growers

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is collaborating with INO, a leader in optics and photonics to bring robotic harvesting to Canadian greenhouse cucumber growers. 

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