Farm & Food Care Ontario released it fourth edition of The Real Dirt on Farming magazine earlier this month. Starting on page 20-23 the publication covers fruit and vegetable crops providing farmer profiles, did you know facts and more.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), an Ontario government ministry released a draft of a provincial soil health strategy. Farmers and industry stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback before December 31, 2017. 

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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.

Congrats to Quebec’s OYF winners

Organic vegetable farmers from Quebec are honoured in Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer Program.

Loss of Karl Kaiser

Karl Kaiser, 76, was an icon in the Canadian grape and wine industry. The industry mourns his loss. 

2017 OPMA honourees 

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association honoured three leaders who made an impact on the industry in the last year.

New OPVG directors 

A newly constituted board of directors meets for the first time to chart the course for Ontario’s $100 million processing vegetable industry.

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) extended its reach at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this year with a revamped booth space in the horticulture section, which had not seen much change over the past several years.

 (L-R) Ron Lemaire, CPMA, Alison Robertson, OFVGA, Keith Kuhl, Peak of the Market, Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of International Trade, Ken Forth, OFVGA, Fred Webber, DRC.

Each year the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) host an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to raise awareness of the produce industry. There were coordinated meetings with MPs over the course of two-day period.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its sixth podcast episode with guest Rich Feenstra, an apple grower from Beamsville, Ontario.

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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.

Podcast episode 4

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower News is pleased to release its fourth podcast episode with guest Kevin Howe, fruit and vegetable grower and industry leader, Howe Family Farm located in Aylmer, Ontario.

Podcast episode 3

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower News is pleased to release its third podcast episode with guest Chris Veillon, chief marketing officer for Pure Flavor, a greenhouse grower and marketer located in Leamington, Ontario.

Podcast episode 2

The Grower Calling –  released its second podcast episode.

Kevin Folta who is a professor in the horticultural science department at the University of Florida who played an instrumental role in the project to sequence the strawberry genome has called out the CBC for publishing Fake News about glyphosate.

The Advancing Women in Agriculture – East Conference (AWCeast) held in Niagara Falls, Ont., on October 30-31st offered  several pre-conference workshops for farm women. One of them was called “the top 10 mistakes that break up a family business." Speaker Jolene Brown from east central Iowa got into the nitty gritty of the daily aggravations and farm business catastrophes and how to avoid them.

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Small business tax changes loom

Be mindful of the federal tax changes recently proposed and how they will affect your farm, spouse and children.

Process for accessing hort funds

Ontario growers already enrolled in SDRM programs are eligible for provincial funding.

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.

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”.

Lobbying efforts matter

Lobbying efforts have moved the discussion forward on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act-like deemed trust in Canada.

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