A young grower, Kevin Howe of Howe Family Farms and President of the Ontario Berry Growers Association (OBGA) shared with us a report that he presented to OBGA about his experience from creating open dialogue about the changes to minimum wage.

This year’s U.S. Apple Outlook Conference, August 24-25, will start with a NAFTA focus and an interesting speaker from Canada. John Cruickshank, consul general to Chicago, is scheduled to speak in the opening session. He was appointed to the diplomatic post on March 13, 2017.

Canada's agriculture ministers say that a deal has been reached in St. John’s, Newfoundland on the fundamentals of the next agriculture policy framework, which will be called the "Canadian Agricultural Partnership." 

The Grower launched  its own podcast channel. The first episode features  Dusty Zamecnik, a fourth-generation farmer in his 20s at EZ Grow Farms located in Frogmore, Ontario. On his family’s farm, they grow highbush blueberries as well as propagate strawberry plants for berry growers around the world.

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  • ​Celery leaf curl
    Fungicide for celery leaf curl 

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Switch fungicide for control of anthracnose (leaf curl) on celery in Canada. Switch fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

  • Bacterial leaf spot on lettuce
    Bacterial leaf spot

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Confine Extra fungicide for suppression of bacterial leaf spot (Xanthomonos campestris pv vitians) in Canada. Confine Extra fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for several different diseases.

  • Exirel label expanded

    The Grower provides an update on a notice of registration activity. Exirel received minor use label expansion (URMULE) registration for control of aphids and the suppression of thrips in strawberries and the control of black vine weevil, obscure root weevil, spotted wing drosophila and Japanese beetle in caneberries in Canada.

  • For spotted wing drosophila

    Two insecticides have recently been registered for emergency use on spotted wing drosophila (SWD) on berry crops (crop group 13-07) and stone fruits (crop group 12) in Ontario.

  • Brad Wall to retire

    Saskatchewan Party leader and premier Brad Wall announced on social media that he plans to step down.

  • OGVG names new GM

    The Ontario Greenhouse Growers (OGVG) announced that Joe Sbrocchi will move into the general manager role, effective Sept. 18th, 2017.  Sbrocchi is coming from Mastronardi Produce Ltd., located in Kingsville, Ont., where he has acted as vice president of business development and strategy since 2010.

  • Blue Mountain Fruit Co

    As of August 1, Binkley Apples has been renamed Blue Mountain Fruit Company.  The rebranding is part of the evolution of the Botden family’s business plan.

  • Chris Ballard is pictured pulling carrots with grower Avia Eek in the Holland Marsh.
    Who is Chris Ballard?

    Glen Murray resigned his post as Ontario’s minister of the environment and climate change on July 31, leaving his successor to implement the transition to a low-carbon economy through the cap-and-trade program. The provincial Liberals have appointed Chris Ballard to the post, with the view that he can stickhandle the sensitive environment file until the June 2018 election. He leaves the ministry of housing for the challenging portfolio that includes everything from energy to water.

Recent News

OPVG hires general manager

Cathy Lennon will lead the $100 million sector starting September 18.

Warm welcome in the U.S.

Ontario greenhouse growers have been aggressively courted by U.S. economic development officers to expand south of the border. Mastronardi Produce, for example, has announced several deals this summer. 

Virus testing to get faster

Before any new tree fruit varieties can be accepted in Canada, they must pass virus testing in a quarantine setting in Sidney, British Columbia. Thanks to new research funding, DNA technology may streamline the process from three years to six months.

185K jobs at risk

A broad business coalition, including agriculture, counsels the Ontario government to slow down on pushing Ontario’s minimum wage to $15/hour by January 2019. Owners of small businesses are five times more likely to be at risk than big businesses. Read more.  

Fungicide for celery leaf curl 

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Switch fungicide for control of anthracnose (leaf curl) on celery in Canada. Switch fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.

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