Fred Webber

The Dispute Resolution Corporation has identified that more bankruptcy data is needed to quantify measure of harm to horticulture.President Fred Webber is asking for leads to buttress anecdotal information. 

Larry and Janice Lutz

The Nova Scotia Fruit Grower’s Association (NSFGA) Orchard Tour Program hosted its tour on August 2, 2018. The daylong event made stops at various fruit farms and orchards. NSFGA president Larry Lutz says discussions included managing fruit trees and crop loss as a result of the deep freeze in June. 

Freight availability on DAT load boards also set a new record as the DAT North American Freight Index rose 9.3 per cent month over month and increased 18 per cent compared to June 2017. The amount of freight available is growing faster than new drivers are coming into the industry and that is putting a lot of pressure on the price of transport.

On July 30, 2018, Cavendish Farms announced the closure of its packaging location in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island at the end of the year due to a supply shortage of fresh potatoes. The company plans to shift focus to frozen potato processing. 

Small business confidence dropped significantly in July after previous upturns in May and June. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s Business Barometer index dropped five and a half points to 56.8. Agriculture dipped to 40.3. 

The International Fruit Tree Association annual summer tour took place in Summerland, BC on July 22 – 25, 2018. The tour highlighted the province’s apple and cherry growers and also some of the important research being done. New cherry varieties on the horizon have researchers excited. 

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For Keith Wright, his son David and crew of seasonal agricultural workers, the tradition of growing cantaloupes continues with the first harvest anticipated August 7. Located near Harrow in Essex county, they are questioning how long they can continue to ship produce to the Ontario Food Terminal, a four-hour trip, one-way unless returns improve. 

Foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland met with her counterparts in Mexico City on July 25, 2018. The current Mexican administration hopes to wrap up NAFTA negotiations before they’re officially out on December 1. 

Anita Stewart David Brenn

Everyone – growers and producers included – is encouraged to cook like a Canadian, eat like a Canadian and shop like a Canadian on Food Day Canada, August 4. Recognition of homegrown produce such as these hearty potatoes is what the event is all about, founded by University of Guelph food laureate Anita Stewart.

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  • PMRA restarts review process

    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.

  • BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

    On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

  • David Marit
    David Marit, new SK ag minister

    Saskatchewan’s new agriculture minister, David Marit, hails from the southwestern region of the prairie province. He has represented the riding of Wood River since 2016.  

  • Fraser Hetherington
    Stokes Seeds adds to exec team

    Fraser Hetherington joins Stokes Seeds as the new executive vice president to oversee marketing, product and supplier strategies out of the company’s office in Thorold, Ontario.

  • Grower receives honorary degree

    Ken Forth’s dedication and involvement in the Canadian fruit & vegetable industry and SAWP program has earned him a degree from University of Guelph.

  • Ernie Hardeman is new Ontario ag minister

    Ernie Hardeman is Ontario’s new minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs under Ontario’s new premier, Doug Ford. This is Hardeman’s second foray into ministering agricultural affairs, which he previously managed under Mike Harris.

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BC hazelnut replant funding

BC’s hazelnut industry was decimated with eastern filbert blight in the last decade, but is getting new life with provincial funding of $300,000 over three years for a replant program. One of the growers is Helmut Hooge Farm, Agassiz, BC, host of a field day last fall. 

PMRA restarts review process

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. 

Heartburn in the heartland

As trade wars continue to escalate between the U.S. and China, American farmers are having second thoughts about their political loyalties. A majority still back President Trump, but that support is eroding.  

Potatopia opens in Toronto

Potato utopia is coming to downtown Toronto. To put the “oh!” in potato, go to the newest kiosk:  Potatopia.

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