Robert Henderson

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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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. 

Golden Apple Award

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

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.

Female Spotted Wing Drosophila

For berry growers, Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is an invasive pest which is causing more damage, earlier every season. Michigan State University researchers are hosting the latest results of U.S.-led biological control in an upcoming webinar. 

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Acramite miticide for herbs

Acramite 50WS miticide label is expanded for control of two-spotted mites on herbs and mint in Canada. 

Reason fungicide label expanded

Reason 500SC fungicide label is now expanded for management of downy mildew of basil and Brassica vegetables in Canada. 

Prism herbicide for stone fruit

Prism herbicide now has a label expansion for stone fruit. 

BASF moves into insecticides

BASF Canada sees a bright future in horticulture. Seven horticultural representatives are stationed across the country. And new insecticides to control piercing and sucking insects are due in 2019.  

Watch for Luna Sensation in 2018

Bayer is bringing Luna Sensation, a broad-spectrum, systemic fungicide with the active ingredients of fluopyram and trifloxystrobin (Groups 7 & 11 respectively), to horticulture growers in Canada.

President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation on January 8 in Nashville, Tennessee.   

For the first time in 25 years, an American president addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation. With 7,400 farmers in attendance, he spoke only briefly about ongoing NAFTA negotiations. 

Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farms in Aylmer, Ont.

Ontario increase to minimum took effect January 1, 2018 from $11.60 to $14. Kevin Howe of Howe Family Farms in Aylmer, Ont., talks to the CBC about the impact of higher minimum wage will have on the local food supply.

: In the U.S., wage rates are rising for temporary agricultural workers. Washington state, the number one apple producer, has one of the highest rates at $14.12 per hour. 

 In the U.S., wage rates are rising for temporary agricultural workers. Washington state, the number one apple producer, has one of the highest rates at $14.12 per hour. 

David Thompson (L) and Romain Cools, new president of the World Potato Congress.

Romain Cools, a Belgian, is the first European president of the World Potato Congress. The 10th triennial conference is slated for Cusco, Peru from May 27-31.

Two Canadian potato companies have released potato varieties with a nod to Canada’s 150th anniversary. Named AAC Confederation and AAC Canada Gold-Dorée, they meet today’s consumer demands for taste and texture.

Leamington fire rescue truck

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat as Canadian greenhouses are cleaned for the next crop. Forty-five workers have been sent to emergency in the last month.

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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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BC expands replant program

British Columbia’s agriculture minister has announced a new $5 million Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund. It’s welcome news after poor returns from the 2017 season. 

University of Guelph funding

The University of Guelph and OMAFRA are renewing a 10-year partnership worth $713 million for research and innovation.

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.

Simplot expands in Manitoba

J.R. Simplot announces $460 million expansion near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to be ready in fall 2019. That’s major news for potato growers who harvest 65,000 acres now. 

Fruit Logistica innovators

Three innovations tickled the 75,000 attendees in Berlin. They were a snack, a tomato and renewable packaging. 

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