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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.

Dr Chris Trobacher at NutriAg talks foliar and soil-applied nutrition in potatoes

Nutrients and micro-nutrients have a huge role to play in keeping potato plants healthy through the season. A strong plant is in a better position to ward off diseases and pests, and stand up to extreme  weather conditions.

Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald forecasts the future of IPM

The state of Integrated Pest Management keeps evolving with new equipment and techniques for identifying diseases and pests.

Kevin Howe offers best tips for on-farm markets

Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower, speaks with Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario.

Darci Vetter analyzes current state of global trade relations

Darci Vetter, former chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, has had a front-row seat to trade relations around the world.

The Canada-Caribbean Institute founded by Brock University and the University of West Indies will be holding a webinar on April 30 to discuss issues pertinent to seasonal workers during COVID-19.  

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Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

New chair for Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission

Pork and chicken producer Amy Cronin has been appointed chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission for a two-year term. 

Nature Fresh Farms hires director of marketing

Seasoned advertising veteran Stephanie Swatkow is the new director of marketing for greenhouse grower Nature Fresh Farms. 

The Grower columnist interviewed on CBC Radio

In the May issue of The Grower, columnist Owen Roberts put forward a perspective that’s not often heard in the mainstream media. And that’s the view that  foreign workers are professionals. CBC Radio contacted him for a series of cross-Canada interviews on April 28.   

The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative will help food producers, farmers’ markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop online business. 

A new Nielsen survey of consumers from more than 70 countries shows that 79 per cent of Canadians and 71 per cent of Americans expect the spread and intensity of local COVID-19 impact in their country to increase. The survey was conducted in March 2020. 

The Schuyler family near Simcoe, Ontario is in the midst of gathering the workers required for two shifts a day that require 60 workers each in July. Since this photo was taken in May 2019, Ray Vogel (L) has retired and Ryan Schuyler is part of the management team searching for solutions. Photos by Glenn Lowson.

Sour cherry trees will be in blossom in May, immune to the world pandemic of COVID-19 virus. Although an uplifting sight, the outstanding question is how they will be harvested in two months. This cover story quotes several horticultural industry leaders on what’s happening now and potential paths forward. 

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Canadian food system is up to the test

Seasonal agricultural workers such as Jamaican Willy Green are crucial to the 2020 growing season. The federal government is providing exemptions to the travel ban however logistics are still to be announced. 

The future of IPM: something old, something new

Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald has mentored dozens of students as professor of plant agriculture, University of Guelph. Equally at home in the field, she’s working with Master’s student Alexandra Dacey, documenting carrot weevil found in carrot trials at the Muck Crops Research Station in Bradford, Ontario. 

How to tell and sell the origin story

Seedless watermelon is only one of the specialties carried at Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario. Kevin Howe says ground cherries and canary melons also pique the interest of consumers. The on-farm market has been so successful that the family has opened another location south of London Ontario. 

Showing face in the midst of trade wars

Bill George Jr. and his son Will have tasted the promise of Icewine exports to China. With geopolitical tensions in 2019, the risks of diversifying into markets abroad have been amplified. It’s too early to know if the recent U.S-China deal will help or hinder.    

Soil fitness – just do it!

Fourth-generation grower Kyle Horlings is questioning the way things have always been done. Since 2015, he’s taken about 10 acres of carrots and onions out of production every year for restorative cover plantings. His experiments near King, Ontario garnered him the Healthy Soil Award from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority in November. 

While more difficult and slower to do remotely, Minor Use is making progress this year and there will be priority projects happening at some point from the 2020 list. Columnist Chris Duyvelshoff describes the process for moving forward with research priorities. 

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Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

Online food safety workshops on offer

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and NSF Canada are offering online food safety workshops beginning in June.  

Farmers eligible for Canada Emergency Business Account

Some of the gaps in emergency funding are being filled as the federal government announced on May 19 that more businesses are eligible for the $40,000 interest-free loan under CEBA.  

The Conversation about the importance of seasonal workers

The Canadian media have spotlighted the necessity of seasonal workers in the agri-food chain. Bethany Hastle, assistant professor of law at the University of British Columbia, shares her view at The Conversation Canada.com   

Ontario farmers markets learn to adapt

Modified, yes!  Delayed, maybe. But only five of 180 Ontario farmers’ markets have cancelled for the 2020 season. 

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