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Canada flies the flag at Fruit Logistica, Germany

Canadian association leaders, growers and suppliers recently united under one pavilion at Fruit Logistica for a third consecutive year. This year’s February 6-8, 2019 event in Berlin billed itself as the world’s largest fresh produce trade show.

FDA strengthens warning process for food recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking new steps to strengthen and modernize the process for issuing public warnings and notification of product recalls.

CKF Canada wins bronze at Fruit Logistica innovation awards

CKF of Canada has won a bronze innovation award at Fruit Logistica for its sealable, compostable and recyclable wood pulp punnets for strawberries.

U.S. apple growers call for end to steel tariffs

The U.S. Apple Association is calling for timely ratification of USMCA and an end to steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada – key markets for apple exports. One out of every three apples is bound for markets outside American borders.

Bayer showcases its new vegetable seeds

Bayer will present its new vegetable seeds portfolio at Fruit Logistica 2019, which begins February 6 in Berlin. The Delisher cherry plum tomato looks ripe for sampling.

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Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

Soil specialist Anne Verhallen honoured

Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist for horticulture crops with the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, was honoured as one of this year’s Soil Champion award recipients.

Ken Knox is new chair, Ontario Food Terminal Board

Ken Knox, former deputy minister of the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, has been appointed by the Ontario government as chair of the Ontario Food Terminal Board. He has a one-year term ending January 16, 2020.

New chair for Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers

Ontario’s agriculture minister has appointed former livestock farmer Dave Hope as the new chair of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers’ Board.

Local Orbit joins Local Line

Cole Jones, CEO Local Line, announces partnership with Local Orbit, a food hub management software platform.

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Automated agriplanter debuts on Ontario vegetable farms

Several Ontario vegetable farms are working together to trial new transplanting technology they hope will save time and labour.

Strawberry fields forever

Day-neutral strawberries help meet market demands, but growers face new pest management obstacles.

Automating agriculture

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre researchers hope that federal funding will help them build a network to accelerate development and commercialization of labour-saving agricultural technologies.

Bringing European berry innovation back to Canada

The North American Strawberry Growers’ Association visited Europe in late 2018. Three major trends were evident:  driving excellence through specialization, driving efficiency through elevation and faster picking, driving savings through industry standardization.

Natural gas to be expanded in rural Ontario

Ontario has passed legislation to expand access to natural gas in more parts of rural and northern Ontario. 

The Canadian Horticultural Council has released the latest video in its awareness campaign of international farm workers in Canada. This one focuses on women workers from Trinidad. 

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Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

Soil specialist Anne Verhallen honoured

Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist for horticulture crops with the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, was honoured as one of this year’s Soil Champion award recipients.

Ken Knox is new chair, Ontario Food Terminal Board

Ken Knox, former deputy minister of the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, has been appointed by the Ontario government as chair of the Ontario Food Terminal Board. He has a one-year term ending January 16, 2020.

AgSafe welcomes Kyle Hart

Kyle Hart joins the AgSafe team as a new safety consultant and advisor for the central Okanagan region in British Columbia.

Local Orbit joins Local Line

Cole Jones, CEO Local Line, announces partnership with Local Orbit, a food hub management software platform.

Execulytics publishes Produce Almanac with 660 tables, 415 line graphs, 242 bar graphs, and 95 gauge charts based on a five-year trend of more than 100 produce commodities.

Workshops will be led by OMAFRA vegetable specialists Travis Cranmer and Dennis Van Dyk focussing on garlic production and pest management as well as scouting other vegetable crops. The schedule includes the northern Ontario towns of New Liskeard, Sudbury and Desbarats.

Syngenta and OSCIA’s 2019 Operation Pollinator have planned for success with over 37 hectares devoted to native pollinator habitat in Ontario.

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Footprint of Canada Outdoor Farm to grow

Glacier Media, parent company of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, invests in Oxford County farmland adjacent to the show site. The plan is to offer more parking space.

Measuring impact of the Ontario tree fruit and fresh grape sectors

The Ontario Apple Growers, Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board are partnering to conduct an economic impact study of their sectors.

Taste testers needed for greenhouse tomatoes

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is looking for participants to taste samples from their greenhouse tomato program and provide feedback on various qualities.

Seed for processing potatoes sold out

Last fall’s unprecedented rainy and muddy harvest across many potato-growing regions of Canada has led to worries that seed supplies will be tight. Here’s what growers had to say in this phone survey finished February 14, 2019.

Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

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