Photo by Bryan Maynard, Arlington, PEI.

Statistics Canada released its seeded acreage report on July 18, revealing an overall increase of 3.3% or 11,526 acres. Four provinces have increased acreage to meet the demands of new processing contracts.

L-R: Gerry Byrne, NL minister of fisheries and land resources; 
David Marit, SK minister of agriculture; Ernie Hardeman, ON minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs; Lana Popham, BC minister of agriculture; Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food; André Lamontagne, QC minister of agriculture, fisheries and food; Bloyce Thompson, PEI minister of agriculture and land; Keith Colwell, NS minister of agriculture; Ross Wetmore, NB minister of agriculture, aquaculture and fisherie

Federal and provincial agriculture ministers agree to agree on a diverse range of issues. The final communiqué of the annual meeting reveals lots of work ahead on labour, trade and business risk management files.  

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The president of Savoura found deceased

The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

Peter Vander Zaag receives award

Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

Passing of Harry McWatters

A legendary pioneer in the British Columbia wine industry has passed. Harry McWatters, 74, celebrated many milestones along the way. 

Greenhouse grower missing on fishing trip

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With roadside markets and farmers’ markets at full peak, it’s a worthy question to consider whether these growers need a membership in the Dispute Resolution Corporation to meet Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. A recent newsletter offers the scenarios.

Ontario's government is investing in research to prevent or control costly crop diseases and pests and improve production practices for fruit and vegetable growers.

Stéphane Roy

Quebec greenhouse grower Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son are reported missing in northern Quebec as his helicopter failed to return from a fishing trip. He is the founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

RELATED NEWS

AALP Class 18 announced

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

The president of Savoura found deceased

The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

Peter Vander Zaag receives award

Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

Passing of Harry McWatters

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NatureFresh announces procurement manager in Mexico

The Canadian greenhouse vegetable industry is highly integrated with the U.S. and Mexico. As an example, NatureFresh Farms has announced that Paul Hulsbos will join the organization as procurement manager in Mexico.

NatureFresh Farms is adding a new pale-coloured cucumber to its offerings.  It’s called Unveiled Mini Cucumbers with packaging that communicates plenty of social media channels.

 Stefan Larrass (L), senior policy advisor, Labour Issues Coordinating Committee/policy advisor, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association greets the Hon. Ahmed Hussen, federal minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship after the July 12 news conference in Mississauga.

Canada is launching a new three-year economic immigration pilot to help address worker shortages in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse sectors. Details on how to apply will be available in early 2020 says Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.

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  • Chris Duyvelshoff
    AALP Class 18 announced

    The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

  • The president of Savoura found deceased

    The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

  • Peter Vander Zaag receives award

    Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

  • Photo courtesy of Town Hall Brands
    Passing of Harry McWatters

    A legendary pioneer in the British Columbia wine industry has passed. Harry McWatters, 74, celebrated many milestones along the way. 

  • 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.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    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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BC cherries funded for new export markets

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Record crowd for Triggs Lecture Series

Vaughn Bell, senior scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, has just finished lectures on disease pressures in grape vineyards in Ontario and British Columbia.

AALP Class 18 announced

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

Support for pollinators in wild blueberries

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