By the end of May, Ontario producers participating in the Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) Program for Edible Horticulture will have received their second government contribution for the 2017 program year. 

Farmers’ market managers will be able to operate more efficiently through a new Manager Certification program; MyPick logo shows consumers they’re buying from a verified primary producer.

All the twists and turns of Ontario’s election will come to a stop sign on June 7. Here are a few ridings to watch that are of particular interest to horticulture.

Farm & Food Care has made a new print edition of The Real Dirt on Farming booklet available to Canadians. This national publication helps answer consumers’ questions about food and farming and to help people connect with the food they buy and the farmers who produce it.

Kids learn to make healthy foods in the classroom through the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Freggie Children’s Program. The event is to provide community awareness of the benefits of learning to cook and consuming more nutritious lunches at school.

After a fire engulfed the RedHat Co-op vegetable packing plant on May 26th, nearby producers offered their facilities for storing the plant’s cucumbers. All of the 280 employees remain employed at Big Marble Farms during the shutdown; new shifts added to accommodate.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

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Venture herbicide label expanded

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently announced the approval of minor use label expansion registrations for Venture L herbicide for control of labeled weeds on rhubarb, the bulb onion subgroup 3-07A, green onions, caneberries subgroup 13-07A and lettuce in Canada.

Entrust and Success insecticide labels expanded

Entrust and Success insecticide labels have been expanded for control of cabbage maggot on greenhouse Brassica transplants in Canada.

Bayer completes Monsanto acquisition

After two years of due diligence and divestments, German-based Bayer will complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June 7. Monsanto’s name will be retired.

 

Biological control for cabbage looper

New biological product is available for control of cabbage looper in field vegetables.  

PMRA review of chlorothalonil

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of chlorothalonil in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

RELATED NEWS

Venture herbicide label expanded

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently announced the approval of minor use label expansion registrations for Venture L herbicide for control of labeled weeds on rhubarb, the bulb onion subgroup 3-07A, green onions, caneberries subgroup 13-07A and lettuce in Canada.

Entrust and Success insecticide labels expanded

Entrust and Success insecticide labels have been expanded for control of cabbage maggot on greenhouse Brassica transplants in Canada.

Bayer completes Monsanto acquisition

After two years of due diligence and divestments, German-based Bayer will complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June 7. Monsanto’s name will be retired.

 

Biological control for cabbage looper

New biological product is available for control of cabbage looper in field vegetables.  

PMRA review of captan

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

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MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

CPMA Booth Awards

This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

Canadian Produce Person of the Year

One of British Columbia’s produce leaders in both fruits and vegetables, Murray Driediger, is honoured with The Packer’s Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  

CPMA Convention Awards

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognized industry leaders at the 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia this past week. As part of the Convention program, awards were given to industry leaders for their ongoing commitment to the produce industry in Canada – and the overall health of Canadians.

Farm & Food Care Ontario board

Farm & Food Care Ontario elects 2018-2019 board of directors. Christine Schoonderwoerd moves into the role of chair. 

(L-R) MP John Barlow, Carley Williamson, director of communications for MP Barlow, OFVGA directors Bill George, John Thwaites, Mark Wales and OFVGA chair Jan VanderHout at Beverly Greenhouses, Waterdown, Ontario.

With a greenhouse cucumber operation as the venue,the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association hosted John Barlow on May 25, reviewing issues such as access to labour and industry competitiveness. He is the federal Conservative Party’s shadow minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food. 

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  • L-R: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Ray Keenan, potato grower from Rollo Bay Holdings.
    MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

    Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

  • Welcome Becky Dumais

    The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

  • CPMA Booth Awards

    This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

  • Murray Driediger
    Canadian Produce Person of the Year

    One of British Columbia’s produce leaders in both fruits and vegetables, Murray Driediger, is honoured with The Packer’s Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  

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FCC supports mental health

Farm Credit Canada has partnered with the Do More Agriculture Foundation to form a mental health support network for those coping with mental illness.

MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

Metro’s new local policy in Niagara

Metro Ontario recently held a vendor show-and tell-prior to the next phase of its Local Purchasing Policy. The policy caters to Ontario consumers wanting more locally sourced options in stores. 

Maersk Line to Montreal

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

Safe Food For Canadians Act

Federal ministers of agriculture and health announced on June 13 that the Safe Food for Canadians Act regulations have been published. The Act will come into force on January 15, 2019. 

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