Screen grab from “The Hard Harvest” documentary

Nature Fresh Farms has released “The Hard Harvest”, a 22-minute documentary, offering the experiences of staff and guest workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Of 199 workers who tested positive, none were ever hospitalized. It’s also about the heartbreak of the farm shutdown on June 30 resulting in the loss of 7.8 million pounds of produce.  

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American agriculture lobbies for priority to COVID-19 vaccine

The American-based United Fresh Produce Association and allied partners are lobbying already to make essential workers in agriculture and food a priority when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. 

What does US election mean for Canadian agriculture

If the new administration doesn’t move forward with trade negotiations in Europe and Japan, this could present Canadian agriculture with an opportunity to better leverage its first-mover advantage secured in agreements, including CPTPP and CETA. That’s the insight provided by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. 

Arctic apple harvest largest yet in Washington state

Okanagan Specialty Fruits says that harvest of its Arctic non-browning apple is the largest to date with 1,350 acres. The apple is grown specifically for fresh-cut applications. 

Driscoll strawberries to be grown at indoor vertical farm

A controlled environment at Plenty Unlimited’s Wyoming facility has lured Driscoll’s to expand beyond field-grown strawberries. There’s a lot to learn about day length, light intensity and spectrum, air temperature and how they influence expression of genes. 

Fruit Logistica shifts the date and adapts concept

The international show in Berlin is rescheduling its February event to May 18-20, 2021 under the headline: “Meet onsite. Connect online.” 

The Canadian Horticultural Council and Canadian Produce Marketing Association sponsored a virtual Fall Harvest meeting in early November 2020. Education panels included:  COVID-19 Challenges for Canadian Growers and the Produce Supply Chain and The Produce Supply Chain in Your Neighbourhood.

If the new administration doesn’t move forward with trade negotiations in Europe and Japan, this could present Canadian agriculture with an opportunity to better leverage its first-mover advantage secured in agreements, including CPTPP and CETA. That’s the insight provided by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. 

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American agriculture lobbies for priority to COVID-19 vaccine

The American-based United Fresh Produce Association and allied partners are lobbying already to make essential workers in agriculture and food a priority when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. 

Contenders to chair U.S. House Agriculture Committee

A California congressman, Jim Costa, is one of two candidates who have declared interest in chairing the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. He represents an agricultural district surrounding Fresno.

Arctic apple harvest largest yet in Washington state

Okanagan Specialty Fruits says that harvest of its Arctic non-browning apple is the largest to date with 1,350 acres. The apple is grown specifically for fresh-cut applications. 

Driscoll strawberries to be grown at indoor vertical farm

A controlled environment at Plenty Unlimited’s Wyoming facility has lured Driscoll’s to expand beyond field-grown strawberries. There’s a lot to learn about day length, light intensity and spectrum, air temperature and how they influence expression of genes. 

Fruit Logistica shifts the date and adapts concept

The international show in Berlin is rescheduling its February event to May 18-20, 2021 under the headline: “Meet onsite. Connect online.” 

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OPMA celebrates leaders at virtual awards

Five individuals have been honoured by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association at its first-ever virtual awards. These leaders rose to the challenge of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available to Ontario consumers. 

AgScape names new executive director

Taylor Selig has been appointed to continue AgScape’s mission of reaching Ontario’s two million students about agriculture and the potential of agri-careers. He’s been with the organization for six years as development manager. 

CPMA names 2020 Produce Champion

Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan–Malahat–Langford and NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food is featured on the latest podcast of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.  He’s also the 2020 Produce Champion. 

Sponsor announced for First Canadian Honeycrisp Apple Contest

Agro-K, which offers foliar nutrition and soil conditioning products, is sponsoring the inaugural contest hosted by The Grower. Provincial winners of the largest Honeycrisp apple will be announced as soon as harvest is complete.   

Vineland appoints new chair

Karen Belaire takes over as chair of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre for a two-year term.

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Zampro fungicide label expanded

The Zampro fungicide label has been expanded for management of downy mildew diseases on spinach and blackberries. 

UPDATED - Mancozeb fungicide to remain registered on some crops

Mancozeb, a foundational fungicide in many programs, will continue to be allowed for disease control in crops such as potatoes and apples. However some cancellations are in store for other crops. Be careful to read the details.  

Mancozeb fungicide to remain registered on some crops

Mancozeb, a foundational fungicide in many programs, will continue to be allowed for disease control in crops such as potatoes and apples. However some cancellations are in store for other crops. Be careful to read the details.  

Tricor LQ herbicide registered

UPL AgroSolutions is launching a new liquid formulation in its herbicide that is registered for potatoes and tomatoes. Tricor increases the control of several pigweed species and other weeds.

STRIM MTZ herbicide registered for potatoes

UPL AgroSolutions Canada has received PMRA registration for new STRIM MTZ herbicide. It controls troublesome grasses and broadleaf weeds such as lamb’s quarters.

The Ontario government is allocating nearly $1 billion to expand and improve rural broadband and cellular access. That’s one big-ticket line item, but other changes are also significant for agriculture. They include increasing thresholds for the employee health tax. 

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  • Vince Pillitteri, winner of the OPMA Lifetime Achievement Award
    OPMA celebrates leaders at virtual awards

    Five individuals have been honoured by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association at its first-ever virtual awards. These leaders rose to the challenge of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available to Ontario consumers. 

  • Van Ymeren Orchards, Alymer, Ontario.
    Honeycrisp Apple Contest winners rewarded

    Just for fun, The Grower invited apple growers across the country to submit photos and measurements of the biggest Honeycrisp apple. Van Ymeren Orchards, Alymer, Ontario wins the contest with an apple measuring 4.9175 inches.

  • AgScape names new executive director

    Taylor Selig has been appointed to continue AgScape’s mission of reaching Ontario’s two million students about agriculture and the potential of agri-careers. He’s been with the organization for six years as development manager. 

  • CPMA names 2020 Produce Champion

    Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan–Malahat–Langford and NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food is featured on the latest podcast of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.  He’s also the 2020 Produce Champion. 

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Schuyler Farms withdraws request for appeal

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New tender fruit varieties are on the horizon

The annual report of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre highlights progress on several fronts, including new varieties in tender fruit and seedless grapes.    

Zampro fungicide label expanded

The Zampro fungicide label has been expanded for management of downy mildew diseases on spinach and blackberries. 

Arrive Canada electronic document needed

Effective November 21, all travellers to Canada are required to submit information electronically through ArriveCAN before boarding a flight. Employers of temporary foreign workers can submit this data.

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