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Brett Schuyler, a Simcoe grower, will not appeal the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling on August 27 that supported the Haldimand-Norfolk medical officer of health’s cap on bunkhouses. Regardless of bunkhouse size, employers must allow only three seasonal workers for 14-day quarantines. 

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DRC announces leadership changes

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

Mike Ecker, winner of CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring Mike Ecker, president of Vineland Growers’ Co-operative, for his 45-year career in the produce industry. 

OPMA welcomes two new board members

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association has two new board directors:  Fiona McLean, Del Fresco Produce and Michael Wexler, the Oppenheimer Group. They will serve a three-year term.

Conservative shadow cabinet named

Lianne Rood, a southwestern Ontario MP, has been named the shadow minister for agriculture and agri-food. She has held that role since December 2019.  

 

New Ontario deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs named

John Kelly, the former executive director of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, becomes the new deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs.   

A Technical Advisory Committee, replacing the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, will comprise individuals with food safety knowledge and expertise. Deadline for applications is November 1, 2020. 

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Brett Schuyler appeals local rules on housing seasonal workers

One farmer’s appeal represents the interests of Ontario’s Norfolk County agricultural sector which is at a competitive disadvantage with nearby growers.

Jane Proctor of CPMA shares her insights on COVID-related food chain issues

Jane Proctor, CPMA, talks with Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower and shares why strong relationships matter in a crisis.

Ron Lemaire CPMA on how the food chain is adapting to the virus crisis in real time

Working with many ag leaders across the country, the Ottawa-based president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association has been stick handling myriad issues.

Inventory to sell is more important to retailers than it was this time last year says columnist Peter Chapman. Since the onset of the pandemic, consumers are shopping stores where they believe they have the best chance of getting everything they need in one stop. If you have the inventory your customers want, you are more valuable than many other suppliers.

The $50 million surplus food purchase program will aid food banks and needy groups. But as columnist Owen Roberts writes, the program’s execution arrives plenty late for food producers. 

The Woodstock Ontario show will be digital this year, delivered via video, webinars and live chats during September 15-18. Don’t miss the equipment demos.  

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  • DRC announces leadership changes

    The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

  • Mike Ecker, winner of CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring Mike Ecker, president of Vineland Growers’ Co-operative, for his 45-year career in the produce industry. 

  • OPMA welcomes two new board members

    The Ontario Produce Marketing Association has two new board directors:  Fiona McLean, Del Fresco Produce and Michael Wexler, the Oppenheimer Group. They will serve a three-year term.

  • Conservative shadow cabinet named

    Lianne Rood, a southwestern Ontario MP, has been named the shadow minister for agriculture and agri-food. She has held that role since December 2019.  

     

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DRC announces leadership changes

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

Weather events affecting apple harvest

The smoke from U.S. wildfires is affecting apple harvest in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley while Hurricane Teddy is bearing down on Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley on September 22.    

Processing potato crop could be smallest since 2011

Due to drought in eastern Canada and weather challenges in western Canada, the United Potato Growers of Canada forecast the potato crop could be down by six million hundredweight.

Bayer launches trials to address ToBRFV

Two varieties of Roma-type tomatoes that claim intermediate resistance to Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus will be trialled in Mexico. 

Dec 15 is registry deadline for BC employers of seasonal workers

The British Columbia government will require employers of temporary foreign workers to register with the province by December 15, 2020. There is no registration fee. A certificate of registration will be required before applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment. 

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