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UPL Ltd. acquires Arysta LifeScience

UPL has purchased Arysta LifeScience from its parent company Platform Specialty Products, and launched its new purpose called OpenAg, in support of the company’ s long-term vision.

BASF launches insecticide Sefina

BASF’s newly released Sefina is now available to Canadian potato farmers for aphid control.

Gowan focus on biologicals

Gowan is creating a new business unit to develop bio-solutions, built around EcoFlora Agro SAS.

Orondis Gold Potato fungicide launched

Potato growers have another tool against pink rot and Pythium leak with Syngenta Canada’s new Orondis Gold Potato fungicide.

BASF introduces new Versys insecticide

BASF introduces new Versys insecticide for the 2019 season. It will quickly stop aphids feeding in fruit and vegetable crops.

The Center for Food Safety, based in Washington, DC, has filed legal action to the United States Department of Agriculture to remove hydroponics from organic status. Definitions matter in an organic industry now worth $60 billionin which multinational corporations have bought organic brands and compete with small food producers who use environmentally-friendly methods.

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Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

Soil specialist Anne Verhallen honoured

Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist for horticulture crops with the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, was honoured as one of this year’s Soil Champion award recipients.

Ken Knox is new chair, Ontario Food Terminal Board

Ken Knox, former deputy minister of the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, has been appointed by the Ontario government as chair of the Ontario Food Terminal Board. He has a one-year term ending January 16, 2020.

AgSafe welcomes Kyle Hart

Kyle Hart joins the AgSafe team as a new safety consultant and advisor for the central Okanagan region in British Columbia.

New chair for Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers

Ontario’s agriculture minister has appointed former livestock farmer Dave Hope as the new chair of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers’ Board.

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Tom Heeman talks about the changing nature of leadership

Tom shares his insights on agricultural leadership today, involving more women on boards of directors and reaching out to the value chain.

Funding worth $279,000 will support the International Phase of the Quality AgriWorkforce Management Program to enhance employment of foreign workers while supporting Canadian agri-food export goals of $75 billion by 2025.

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Taking the pulse of the Ontario Food Terminal

The Ontario Food Terminal is at the heart of a complex food web. The 40-acre facility, near downtown Toronto, is of interest to the Ontario government which has appointed an agricultural advisory group to look at several provincial issues, including changes to the Ontario Food Terminal network. Bruce Nicholas, general manager, (second from right) and Gianfranco Leo, administration manager (far right) are pictured talking to growers at last year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. 

Fresh look at vegetable processing

The farmgate value of Ontario’s vegetable processing industry, pegged at about $100 million annually, often goes under the radar for its significant contribution to the economy. For these growers – Pascal Jennen, (L), Ian Bradley and Kevin Jennen -- their contracted acres of Spanish onions are destined to become onion rings at the Cavendish Farms Appetizer Division in Wheatley, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Tomberries: the next ‘little’ thing

Thanks to NatureFresh Farms and breeder Eminent Seeds, this is the debut year for the world’s smallest tomato: the Tomberry. Isaac Braun, greenhouse grower responsible for 60 acres of peppers and tomatoes in Leamington, Ontario, shares the path to innovation.

Carbon taxed

If change is not practical, then it is not sustainable.

The Conference Board of Canada has released an analysis that recommends improvements to how the Canadian government conducts inspections of farm employers of Seasonal Agricultural Workers. One piece of advice? Develop a trusted employer program.

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Automated agriplanter debuts on Ontario vegetable farms

Several Ontario vegetable farms are working together to trial new transplanting technology they hope will save time and labour.

First Fruit Logistica start-up day

Fruit Logistica hosts the first Start-up Day presenting 20 entrepreneurs in ten-minute intervals on February 8, 2019. One new technology is an indoor drone for insect control in greenhouses.

Automating agriculture

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre researchers hope that federal funding will help them build a network to accelerate development and commercialization of labour-saving agricultural technologies.

Bringing European berry innovation back to Canada

The North American Strawberry Growers’ Association visited Europe in late 2018. Three major trends were evident:  driving excellence through specialization, driving efficiency through elevation and faster picking, driving savings through industry standardization.

Natural gas to be expanded in rural Ontario

Ontario has passed legislation to expand access to natural gas in more parts of rural and northern Ontario. 

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Footprint of Canada Outdoor Farm to grow

Glacier Media, parent company of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, invests in Oxford County farmland adjacent to the show site. The plan is to offer more parking space.

Measuring impact of the Ontario tree fruit and fresh grape sectors

The Ontario Apple Growers, Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board are partnering to conduct an economic impact study of their sectors.

Taste testers needed for greenhouse tomatoes

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is looking for participants to taste samples from their greenhouse tomato program and provide feedback on various qualities.

Seed for processing potatoes sold out

Last fall’s unprecedented rainy and muddy harvest across many potato-growing regions of Canada has led to worries that seed supplies will be tight. Here’s what growers had to say in this phone survey finished February 14, 2019.

Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

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