Government funding for B.C. farmers, agrifood and seafood processors aims to help grow markets in other parts of Canada and abroad. But success doesn’t come overnight.

Walmart U.S. will require suppliers to use block chain technology within a year to help traceability efforts in case of outbreaks of E. coliand other diseases in lettuce. Currently, there is no similar requirement from Walmart Canada.

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New trade opportunities with Europe

The new CETA trade agreement has made trading between Canada and Europe easier.  Spain, in particular, is taking note. 

World Food Day

Hunger remains an enormous challenge in many parts of the world.  World Food Day helps to remind us.

United Fresh gathers in Washington

The United Fresh Washington Conference, Sept 24-26, will be the epi-centre of U.S. discussions on fresh produce trade, markets and related public policy issues.  Ontario industry representatives will be there to ensure members remain current and competitive in this climate of uncertainty.

Asia Fruit Logistica award

Awards at the Asia Fruit Logistica trade show, September 5-7, spotlight the growth of fresh produce companies. One example is India’s IG International, the second-largest, cold-chain company by capacity in the subcontinent. It’s doing a big business in apples. 

Sour reaction to Mexican trade pact

Fruit and vegetable growers in Georgia and Florida expressed dismay at the recent U.S. trade agreement with Mexico. Their statements reveal the complex nature of agricultural trade.  

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association will be reviewing details of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but is pleased that the deal maintains the integrated supply chains across borders.

The OFVGA responded positively to Ontario’s announcement that it would hold the line on the province’s minimum wage of $14/hour and not increase it on January 1, 2019. The current government made the promise in the June 2018 provincial election.

Streptomycin is applied in apple orchards during bloom to prevent fire blight. Photographed at Knight’s Appleden Fruit Ltd., Colborne, ON by Glenn Lowson.

Looking back on now seven seasons in edible horticulture, what is clear is that crop protection has become a rapidly changing field. I think many would agree that some of the most radical changes have occurred in the last decade, or even just the past year or two. 

September is a great time to visit the Grey Roots museum and archives to see their interactive apple exhibit that just opened. It includes the cover photo of the October issue of The Grower, celebrating the 38th season of Jamaican Stedley Stephenson. 

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Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

OPMA welcomes new president

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

A.M.A. Horticulture for the future

On opening day of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. announced its name change to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. to better reflect the company’s mission. The Kingsville, Ont. supplier has been in business since 1982.

OFVGA chair Jan VanderHout writes about effects of $14/hour minimum wage on horticulture. On September 26, the Ontario labour minister confirmed wage would not increase on January 1, 2019. 

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Parasol fungicide label expanded for pome and stone fruit

Parasol FL fungicide is now available for pome and stone fruit growers. It’s aimed at fire blight, coryneum blight, bacterial blight, eastern filbert blight, bacterial canker and leaf curl.

Frontier Max label expanded for potatoes

BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) has been granted a new label expansion for Frontier Max herbicide for control of annual grasses and key broadleaf weeds in potatoes.  In addition to its expanded label on potatoes, Frontier Max is also registered for use on corn, soybeans, dry beans, onions, cabbage and grapes. 

Mancozeb and metiram update

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

Delegate label expanded

Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay (l) and George Gilvesy, chair, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.

Federal ag and agri-food minister Lawrence MacAulay has announced a five-year investment of $70M to hire and equip the next generation of agricultural scientists, initiate a Living Laboratories program, and fund federal agricultural research in priority areas. George Gilvesy, chair of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, was on hand for the September 21 announcement in Harrow, Ontario. 

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  • Parasol fungicide label expanded for pome and stone fruit

    Parasol FL fungicide is now available for pome and stone fruit growers. It’s aimed at fire blight, coryneum blight, bacterial blight, eastern filbert blight, bacterial canker and leaf curl.

  • Chateau label expanded for hops

    The manufacturers of Chateau herbicide have been granted a new label expansion for control of suckers on hops and management of other labeled weeds.

  • Frontier Max label expanded for potatoes

    BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) has been granted a new label expansion for Frontier Max herbicide for control of annual grasses and key broadleaf weeds in potatoes.  In addition to its expanded label on potatoes, Frontier Max is also registered for use on corn, soybeans, dry beans, onions, cabbage and grapes. 

  • Mancozeb and metiram update

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

  • Robyn Meerveld, assistant editor, The Grower
    Welcome Robyn Meerveld

    The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

  • Lakeside Produce is rebranding

    Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

  • Not real figures - for demonstration purposes only.
    Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

    A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

  • Michelle Broom
    OPMA welcomes new president

    The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

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Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

PMA Fresh Marketing Summit in Orlando

The Produce Marketing Association’s 2018 summit will focus on big industry innovations and how to take advantage of them.  One of many Canadian exhibitors, Pure Flavor, is ready to unveil its latest new products. 

Courses for fruit & vegetable growers

Advanced farm management and labour resource courses are being offered by OFVGA and the Agri-Food Management Institute.

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

New trade opportunities with Europe

The new CETA trade agreement has made trading between Canada and Europe easier.  Spain, in particular, is taking note. 

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