Jan VanderHout in the Beverly Greenhouses propagation area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Veteran reporter Dave Harrison has just retired after 22 years as editor of Greenhouse Canada. One of his last features was with another veteran: Ontario cucumber grower Jan VanderHout. 

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Golden Apple Award

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A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

Expert panel for risk management

An external expert panel of 11 farmers and academia has been appointed to give input on business risk management programs. 

CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee 

After a successful annual general meeting, CanAgPlus has appointed members from coast to coast to advise on the intricacies of the CanadaGAP program for 2018.

Murray Porteous, labour chair for the Canadian Horticultural Council, is surrounded by seasonal agricultural workers.

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The next generation of farmers may not be born in this land, but for this land. Statistics Canada does not track foreign-born farmers, but here is one story of how a fourth-generation business is recruiting talent from other countries.

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The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its eleventh-podcast episode with guest Jason Smith, a 4th generation B.C. blueberry grower, past chair of the BC Blueberry Council and current member of the crop protection advisory committee for the Canadian Horticultural Council to talk about Spotted Wing Drosophila.

Podcast episode 9

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its ninth-podcast episode with guest Sue-Ann Staff.

Podcast episode 8

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Podcast episode 7

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its seventh podcast episode with guest Chris Mullet Koop, an egg and grape farmer from Jordan, Ontario.

CPMA is hosting food safety forums in January and February across Canada. The timing is to address the Canada Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which are now in force. 

RELATED NEWS

Gordon Stock joins OFVGA

Looking to the future, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has created a new position of senior policy advisor and government relations. 

Greenhouse Canada features

Veteran reporter Dave Harrison has just retired after 22 years as editor of Greenhouse Canada. One of his last features was with another veteran: Ontario cucumber grower Jan VanderHout. 

New PEI ag minister

A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

Expert panel for risk management

An external expert panel of 11 farmers and academia has been appointed to give input on business risk management programs. 

CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee 

After a successful annual general meeting, CanAgPlus has appointed members from coast to coast to advise on the intricacies of the CanadaGAP program for 2018.

Canadian agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay speaking to the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville on January 7, 2018.

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RELATED NEWS

Kyle Wynette discusses selling hops to craft brewers

Ontario’s craft beer industry is a media darling, but local growers have remained almost anonymous. Kyle Wynette is one young grower expanding a six-acre hopyard. His Tavistock Hop Company along with Upper Thames Brewing are entered into the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition to be held February 21 in Niagara Falls. 

"Behind the Scenes" Kirk Kemp recruits global talent

Access to labour is one of the key issues for 2018. Growers are worried about access to seasonal workers, but also resourcing technical skills and managerial skills. We call Kirk Kemp, president of Algoma Orchards near Newcastle Ontario to find out how his operation is transitioning. 

Podcast episode 9

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its ninth-podcast episode with guest Sue-Ann Staff.

Podcast episode 8

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its eighth-podcast episode with guest Dave VanSegbrook to get a behind the scenes perspective based on our December cover story called “Brussels sprouts: a vegetable crop competing in a global marketplace”.

Podcast episode 7

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its seventh podcast episode with guest Chris Mullet Koop, an egg and grape farmer from Jordan, Ontario.

Instacart produce picker

On January 17, Instacart rolls out same-day grocery delivery service at Real Canadian Superstore and Zehrs locations in a cluster of southwestern Ontario cities. More than 518,000 local households will have ability to have groceries delivered in as little as an hour. 

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  • Gordon Stock joins OFVGA

    Looking to the future, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has created a new position of senior policy advisor and government relations. 

  • Jan VanderHout in the Beverly Greenhouses propagation area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.
    Greenhouse Canada features

    Veteran reporter Dave Harrison has just retired after 22 years as editor of Greenhouse Canada. One of his last features was with another veteran: Ontario cucumber grower Jan VanderHout. 

  • Art Moyer
    Golden Apple Award

    Niagara-area farm leader is named Golden Apple award winner.

  • Robert Henderson
    New PEI ag minister

    A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is officially announced to take effect April 1, 2018.  Program details and applications are now available for: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.

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