A female employee of Quebec’s ministry of agriculture, fisheries and food died in an accident October 4 while filming at a cranberry farm. 

The new Cavendish Farms plant in Lethbridge, Alberta, from left to right are: Greg Nakamura, Nakamura Farms; Lee Gleim, director of operations, Cavendish Farms Lethbridge; Bill Meisner, vice president of operations, James D. Irving, Co-CEO of J.D. Irving, Limited; Hon. Jason Kenney, premier of Alberta; Robert K. Irving, president of Cavendish Farms and Co-CEO of J.D. Irving, Chris Spearman, mayor of Lethbridge Ron Clow, senior vice president and general manager, Cavendish Farms; Meredith Irving, vice presid

A swath of political and industry dignitaries were on hand October 3 to open the new Cavendish Farms’ frozen potato processing facility. The $430 million private investment is the largest in the history of Lethbridge, Alberta.

More than 500 Ontario agricultural and horticultural organizations could benefit from changes in new legislation to be introduced this fall. 

B.C.-based Terramera is set for more growth as it develops high-performance natural alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The company’s pitch team successfully won over a team of judges in the first-ever Nutrien-Radicle Challenge. The prize? USD$1 million. 

Look at the department where your products are or will be sold. Merchandising units can change from one retailer to another and you should design and develop your packaging to be most effective in these units.

Consumers say that when meat companies offer plant-based alternatives, it sends mixed messages about their traditional products. Would you rather have a meat burger with one ingredient – 100 per cent Canadian beef, for example – or a plant-based burger with multiple ingredients?

Despite significant progress on collaboration during new registrations, the re-evaluation process at PMRA or the equivalent registration review at EPA is far from aligned. This was evident at the recent NAFTA Trilateral Working Group meetings in the United States.

One labour statistician in the U.Ssays a combination of poor wages, long hours and undesirable working conditions are causing the constant turnover of truck drivers. If those conditions were improved, she argues, more people would Instead she points to a combination of wages, hours and undesirable working conditions that are causing the constant turnover and then demand for drivers. apply to drive trucks. 


Chilean blueberry exports achieve record

The world’s largest exporter of blueberries, Chile, reports that exports will reach record volumes of 115,000 tons in the 2019-2020 season. That’s up four per cent from a year ago. 

Agrizar predicts berry sweet future

Mexico-based Agrizar has committed to grow exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America, a joint venture between Mastronardi Produce Ltd., North America’s leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and the UK-based BerryWorld.

Sunions, first tearless onion

Grown in Washington and Nevada, Sunions will be marketed for the first time in western Canada in December 2019. The seed is not available in Canada. 

U.S.-Japan sign trade deal

Some American horticultural products – blueberries and cranberries, for example   - will have tariff-free access to Japan’s 127 million consumers. Other goods will be granted access under staged tariff elimination. Most importantly, tariffs are at the same level that Japan provides preferentially to countries in the CP-TPP agreement.

Phytelligence shuts down

Seattle start-up Phytelligence is now in receivership after months of legal wrangling with Washington State University over the commercialization of Cosmic Crisp apples. 



  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

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    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Road safety tips during harvest

Stay off your smartphone -- the rules for distracted driving also apply when you are driving equipment. That’s one of several tips for growers in the busy harvest season.

Must-Grow Biologics announces liquid formulation

Must-Grow Biologics Corp is an agricultural biotech company developing and commercializing a portfolio of natural, science-based bio-pesticides and bio-fertility products. The company has finalized its advanced liquid formulation of a mustard-derived ‘granule format’ bio-pesticide product.

Stay ahead of insecticide resistance

Resistance management website adds insecticide best practices. Thanks to CropLife Canada, the new resource highlights the need to combine physical, cultural, biological and chemical control measures.

Funding for farmers’ markets and on-farm sales

Ontario’s ag ministry has announced funding to the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers’ Markets Ontario.

Raspberries showcased by Global Plant Genetics

Global Plant Genetics and James Hutton Limited recently showed a range of new raspberry selections to international soft fruit visitors. They are close to market launch.

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