Mastronardi Produce, under the SUNSET brand, has revolutionized the tomato category by delivering a new level of quality, flavour and innovation. President and CEO Paul Mastronardi promises to repeat that success with strawberries, starting with a line-up of premium WOW berries at the United Fresh conference in Chicago, June 10-12, 2019.

L-R:  Charles Stevens, Caleigh Irwin, MP Wayne Easter, Bill George, Gordon Stock.

The last official horticultural lobbying event before the federal election was held on May 7 in Ottawa. Besides a food policy for Canada, crop protection and financial protection for growers, other files are in play.

When Corteva Agriscience goes live on June 3, the newest crop protection company estimates $14.3 billion in sales for 2019. The spinoff from DowDuPont will still be considered a heavyweight with 44 per cent of its product portfolio in crop protection and the remainder in seeds.  

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Advances in artificial intelligence are making an economic difference to greenhouse growers. Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands is cooperating with Ecoation, based in Vancouver, BC to better detect pests before they pose real harm.

Chris Davison heads to Washington

With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

FMC opens Mississauga HQ

FMC is number five in terms of crop protection sales in Canada. As Darren Dillenbeck, country manager, FMC, explains, it’s an advantage to be solely focused on crop protection without the distraction of a seed business.

Mako insecticide label expanded

Mako insecticide has been approved for control of spotted wing drosophila on bushberries, caneberries, strawberries and cherries as well as wasps on cherries in Canada.

Drones tested for pesticide applications

Using drones in Canadian agriculture isn’t new, but using them for pesticide application is. Agassiz, British Columbia federal researchers are working with provincial agencies and an Abbottsford drone company to provide Health Canada with data it will need to determine the viability and safety of drone-based pesticide applications.

Darren Dillenbeck, country manager, FMC, at the official opening of Mississauga, Ontario headquarters.

FMC is number five in terms of crop protection sales in Canada. As Darren Dillenbeck, country manager, FMC, explains, it’s an advantage to be solely focused on crop protection without the distraction of a seed business.

RELATED NEWS

Koppert partners with Ecoation

Advances in artificial intelligence are making an economic difference to greenhouse growers. Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands is cooperating with Ecoation, based in Vancouver, BC to better detect pests before they pose real harm.

Chris Davison heads to Washington

With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

Corteva becomes reality on June 3

When Corteva Agriscience goes live on June 3, the newest crop protection company estimates $14.3 billion in sales for 2019. The spinoff from DowDuPont will still be considered a heavyweight with 44 per cent of its product portfolio in crop protection and the remainder in seeds.  

Mako insecticide label expanded

Mako insecticide has been approved for control of spotted wing drosophila on bushberries, caneberries, strawberries and cherries as well as wasps on cherries in Canada.

Drones tested for pesticide applications

Using drones in Canadian agriculture isn’t new, but using them for pesticide application is. Agassiz, British Columbia federal researchers are working with provincial agencies and an Abbottsford drone company to provide Health Canada with data it will need to determine the viability and safety of drone-based pesticide applications.

The Farm to Plate spring lobby event in Ottawa: L-R: Rebecca Lee, Jocelyn St-Denis, Agriculture and Agri-Food minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Ron Lemaire, Bill George, Ken Forth, George Gilvesy.

Much of the advocacy work of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association is within the province’s borders. But as chair Bill George explains, there are times when support is given to national organizations to strengthen the voice of horticulture in Ottawa.

A cool, rainy spring has delayed potato planting in eastern Canada. In the west, the crop is planted but conditions are bone dry, especially in Alberta. Here’s a report courtesy of United Potato Growers of Canada.

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  • L-R: Arne van Aalst, Koppert and Dr. Saber Miresmailli, Ecoation.
    Koppert partners with Ecoation

    Advances in artificial intelligence are making an economic difference to greenhouse growers. Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands is cooperating with Ecoation, based in Vancouver, BC to better detect pests before they pose real harm.

  • Chris Davison heads to Washington

    With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

  • Corteva becomes reality on June 3

    When Corteva Agriscience goes live on June 3, the newest crop protection company estimates $14.3 billion in sales for 2019. The spinoff from DowDuPont will still be considered a heavyweight with 44 per cent of its product portfolio in crop protection and the remainder in seeds.  

  • Darren Dillenbeck, country manager, FMC, at the official opening of Mississauga, Ontario headquarters.
    FMC opens Mississauga HQ

    FMC is number five in terms of crop protection sales in Canada. As Darren Dillenbeck, country manager, FMC, explains, it’s an advantage to be solely focused on crop protection without the distraction of a seed business.

  • Ken Forth awarded honorary doctorate

    The University of Guelph conferred an honorary degree on broccoli grower Ken Forth during convocation ceremonies on June 12.  He was cited for his decades of leadership work on the labour file that has taken him to Mexico, the Caribbean and meetings in Europe.

  • Chris Davison heads to Washington

    With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications, Chris Davison is leaving corporate and government affairs in Syngenta’s Guelph, Ontario office to take up a new role in Washington, DC. He is the new head, business sustainability for Syngenta North America.

  • Crystal Mackay launches Loft32

    The former CEO of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has announced her founding of communications company Loft32 in Guelph, Ontario.

  • John Jamieson
    John Jamieson takes on CEO role

    The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has hired John Jamieson as its new president and CEO. Most recently, Jamieson served as deputy minister of agriculture and fisheries, and deputy minister of rural and regional development in Prince Edward Island. He was also a past executive director of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture.

  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Earth observation satellites to be launched

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Enhanced online tool to renew Environmental Farm Plans

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Ontarians select retailer award winner

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