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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. 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.

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Fresh Direct Produce co-founder passes

Kam Chiu Lee, co-founder of Vancouver-based Fresh Direct Produce, has passed due to cancer. 

CHC honours leaders

Collaborative. Untiring. Tenacious. These are some of the adjectives that Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council used to describe four award winners at the 98thannual general meeting in Ottawa. 

Stokes Seeds names new territory manager

Stokes Seeds welcomes aboard Alexandre Bisson as a new Quebec territory manager, based on the south shore region of Montréal. 

OMAFRA leadership changes

Greg Meredith, deputy minister of Ontario agriculture, food and rural affairs will be moving to the ministry of labour, training and skills development effective April 6, 2020. 

Norfolk Fruit Growers Association announces transition

Tom O’Neill has announced he will step down from the role of general manager of the Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association effective June 30, 2020. He’s served for 36 years, leaving a strong legacy of integrity and innovation.  

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Fresh Direct Produce co-founder passes

Kam Chiu Lee, co-founder of Vancouver-based Fresh Direct Produce, has passed due to cancer. 

CHC honours leaders

Collaborative. Untiring. Tenacious. These are some of the adjectives that Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council used to describe four award winners at the 98thannual general meeting in Ottawa. 

Vineland appoints new VP, operations

Chris McQueen is the newest member of the senior management team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. 

OMAFRA leadership changes

Greg Meredith, deputy minister of Ontario agriculture, food and rural affairs will be moving to the ministry of labour, training and skills development effective April 6, 2020. 

Norfolk Fruit Growers Association announces transition

Tom O’Neill has announced he will step down from the role of general manager of the Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association effective June 30, 2020. He’s served for 36 years, leaving a strong legacy of integrity and innovation.  

Be safe. Be well. Never was that more important than in 2020 as some farmers are reflecting on last year’s tough harvest and planning spring planting. 

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How Pest Management Centre is moving forward

The provincial minor use coordinators are gathering input from their stakeholders about critical priorities for pathology, entomology and weed science. 

Frontier Max herbicide registered on transplanted leeks

The Frontier Max herbicide label is expanded for control of specific weeds on transplanted leeks in Canada. 

XenTari WG biological insecticide label extended

This biological insecticide label has been extended for control of additional pests on fruiting vegetables such as eggplant and greenhouse strawberries. 

Ignite SN herbicide label expanded for strawberries in Canada

Choices for weed control in strawberries have expanded with new label for Ignite SN herbicide.

Timorex biofungicide labelled for hops, greenhouse vegetables and strawberries

The Timorex biofungicide label has been expanded for control of Botrytis grey mold and powdery mildew on hops, greenhouse vegetables and strawberries in Canada.

Greg Meredith

Greg Meredith, deputy minister of Ontario agriculture, food and rural affairs will be moving to the ministry of labour, training and skills development effective April 6, 2020. 

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Fresh Direct Produce co-founder passes

Kam Chiu Lee, co-founder of Vancouver-based Fresh Direct Produce, has passed due to cancer. 

CHC honours leaders

Collaborative. Untiring. Tenacious. These are some of the adjectives that Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council used to describe four award winners at the 98thannual general meeting in Ottawa. 

Vineland appoints new VP, operations

Chris McQueen is the newest member of the senior management team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. 

Stokes Seeds names new territory manager

Stokes Seeds welcomes aboard Alexandre Bisson as a new Quebec territory manager, based on the south shore region of Montréal. 

Norfolk Fruit Growers Association announces transition

Tom O’Neill has announced he will step down from the role of general manager of the Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association effective June 30, 2020. He’s served for 36 years, leaving a strong legacy of integrity and innovation.  

A panel organized by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association and Niagara College featured six leading experts talking about perceptions of produce and packaging innovations underway to meet consumer demands. 

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    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

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  • 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.

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    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 farmers market operators go online

The British Columbia government has purchased a bulk package of licenses for 70 farmers’ markets to sign up for online produce sales. Local Line, based in Kitchener, Ontario provides the service.  

Vegetable prices expected to increase

Food prices are expected to rise 4% in 2020, with vegetables and bakery leading the way. The update is courtesy of Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.  

United Fresh launches LIVE!

A fresh produce virtual platform will replace the in-person event slated for mid-June in San Diego. United Fresh LIVE! Will debut the week of June 15, 2020. 

OFVC proceedings now posted

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention has now posted its proceedings from the February 19-20, 2020 Niagara Falls conference online. 

First flight from Jamaica confirmed for April 1

A chartered Air Canada flight out of Kingston, Jamaica is confirmed to land at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on April 1, carrying 288 seasonal agricultural workers. That’s the first of up to four flights expected by April 4. 

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