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Five national priorities identified for minor use research

After several months of virtual meetings, stakeholders have agreed to pursue crop protection research to improve production of radish, coriander, basil, outdoor ornamentals and grapes. 

Trianum P biological fungicide label expanded

This biological fungicide can now be used to suppress diseases on greenhouse and field vegetables and herbs, as well as greenhouse strawberries and cannabis in Canada. 

PMC to finalize research priorities July 9

The Pest Management Centre is in final stages of identifying 10 priority ‘A’ projects says executive director Dr. Marcos Alvarez. That’s a tough exercise to winnow from the current list of 47 projects, given the diversity of Canada’s horticultural industry.  

 

Bioceres WP registered for additional greenhouse crops

This biological mycoinsecticide label has been expanded via the Minor Use Program for management of whiteflies, aphids and thrips on additional greenhouse-grown crops in Canada. These include eggplant, lettuce, mint, onion and Brassica transplants, Asian water spinach and strawberries. 

Syngenta Group announces new structure

Multinational Syngenta organizes crop protection and seed units in Switzerland, Israel, United States and China.

 

Nature Fresh Farms, one of Canada’s largest vegetable greenhouses, is dealing with the unprecedented loss of access to its entire workforce due to 28% testing positive for COVID-19. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has ordered these workers -- almost all are asymptomatic -- to self-isolate until mid-July. 

In terms of regional development, the project to expand irrigable land west and south of Lake Diefenbaker has no parallel in Saskatchewan. Up to 500,000 of irrigable acres will be added in the next 10 years – double the current number. 

The extended deadline for enrolling in AgriStability for 2020 is fast approaching. A backgrounder is available to understand if the program helps manage your specific farm risks.  

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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.   

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame 2020 inductees named

Jay Bradshaw, former president of Syngenta Canada, is one of the four inductees. The ceremony will be delayed until November 2021. 

Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

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. 

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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.   

Interpoma goes digital

Interpoma 2020, the international fair dedicated to apples in Bolzano, Italy, will be presented in a digital format November 19 and 20. 

National standards to be developed for housing agriworkers

Recognizing that COVID-19 will be an issue for months to come, the federal government has announced $58.6 million to strengthen the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. That includes plans to establish a national housing standard in consultation with provinces and stakeholders. 

EarthFresh launches potato line in compostable paper bags

EarthFresh’s paper revolution offers retailers a full potato product line in 100% compostable paper packaging. 

OFA launches Always in Season toolkit

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is lauding the provincial and federal government’s support of a completed project:  Always in Season – a Practitioner’s Guide to Local Food.  

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