Chris Van de Laar

The Grape Growers of Ontario and Farm Credit Canada have announced that Chris Van de Laar of Niagara-on-the-Lake has been chosen by his peers as the 2018 Grape King. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Peter, who won the same distinction in 1985. 

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Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

OPMA welcomes new president

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

A.M.A. Horticulture for the future

On opening day of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. announced its name change to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. to better reflect the company’s mission. The Kingsville, Ont. supplier has been in business since 1982.

A group of Canadian apple researchers, growers and marketers have joined forces to give one of Canada’s oldest and most famous fruit crops some new crunch in the marketplace.

Jeff McMahon, Longspell Point Farm, Kingsport, Nova Scotia

The spotlight is on Canadian organics the week of September 8-16, as the sector celebrates five per cent growth, year-over-year. Jeff McMahon, Longspell Point Farm, Kingsport, Nova Scotia, shows off his Salanova lettuce to Viliam Zvalo, CEO, Perennia. 

As fall swings into gear, watch for changes at the federal level in the Conservative shadow cabinet. Alberta MP John Barlow is moving from agriculture to the ministry of employment, workforce development and labour.    

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Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

OPMA welcomes new president

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

A.M.A. Horticulture for the future

On opening day of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. announced its name change to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. to better reflect the company’s mission. The Kingsville, Ont. supplier has been in business since 1982.

Growers who rely on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program should be aware that a biometrics initiative is expanding beyond Jamaica to more countries. To accommodate this initiative, Service Canada is suggesting that any farm employer who requires workers in January or February 2019 should apply for workers as soon as possible.

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Vinelands new Innovation Report available

From labour to energy saving, Vineland’s research focuses on the issues important to Canada’s horticultural industry.  Read the results in its 2018/19 Innovation Report.

Motorleaf moves ahead in greenhouse A.I.

Montreal start-up Motorleaf has announced new investment in their artificial intelligence (AI) capacity to improve yield estimates in greenhouse crops. 

DelFrescoPure partners with CubicFarms

A new system of automated vertical growing machines will make lettuce, basil and microgreens available year-round. 

Funding for improved food safety

The quality and safety of tender fruit at the Vineland Growers’ Cooperative is getting a boost from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, with funding to implement new food safety measures. Member Phil Tregunno was an early adopter this past summer at new packing facilities at Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Walmart to buy Tesla trucks

Walmart Canada is purchasing 40 Tesla semis for use at distribution centres in Mississauga, Ont. and Surrey B.C.  The retailer is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by powering its entire fleet with renewable energy by 2028.

The 69th edition of the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival kicks off September 12-30. The festivities are a reflection of a mature industry that’s facing drought-reduced yields but quality grapes. 

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Parasol fungicide label expanded for pome and stone fruit

Parasol FL fungicide is now available for pome and stone fruit growers. It’s aimed at fire blight, coryneum blight, bacterial blight, eastern filbert blight, bacterial canker and leaf curl.

Chateau label expanded for hops

The manufacturers of Chateau herbicide have been granted a new label expansion for control of suckers on hops and management of other labeled weeds.

Frontier Max label expanded for potatoes

BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) has been granted a new label expansion for Frontier Max herbicide for control of annual grasses and key broadleaf weeds in potatoes.  In addition to its expanded label on potatoes, Frontier Max is also registered for use on corn, soybeans, dry beans, onions, cabbage and grapes. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

Delegate label expanded

Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

Bailey Cochrane, a fourth-year Business Administration student in the Goodman School of Business, is a graduate of BioLinc’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program.

Brock University’s entrepreneurship program leads to an online resource for consumers interested in Ontario wine. Bailey Cochrane shares his concept-to-reality story.

Albert Van Oosten stands in front of an Agrifac sprayer.

Specialty Vegetable Equipment plans to open a bricks-and-mortar storefront near Norwich, Ontario in the spring of 2019. The partnership between Streef Produce and Albert Van Oosten is expanding, following the trend to labour-saving machinery.

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Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

OPMA welcomes new president

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

A.M.A. Horticulture for the future

On opening day of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. announced its name change to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. to better reflect the company’s mission. The Kingsville, Ont. supplier has been in business since 1982.

Dry harvesting conditions in the Leamington, Ontario area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The United Potato Growers of Canada has issued its best estimate of how growing conditions will affect harvest 2018. The hot and dry summer across most of Canada will depress yields.

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  • Parasol fungicide label expanded for pome and stone fruit

    Parasol FL fungicide is now available for pome and stone fruit growers. It’s aimed at fire blight, coryneum blight, bacterial blight, eastern filbert blight, bacterial canker and leaf curl.

  • Chateau label expanded for hops

    The manufacturers of Chateau herbicide have been granted a new label expansion for control of suckers on hops and management of other labeled weeds.

  • Frontier Max label expanded for potatoes

    BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) has been granted a new label expansion for Frontier Max herbicide for control of annual grasses and key broadleaf weeds in potatoes.  In addition to its expanded label on potatoes, Frontier Max is also registered for use on corn, soybeans, dry beans, onions, cabbage and grapes. 

  • Mancozeb and metiram update

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

  • Robyn Meerveld, assistant editor, The Grower
    Welcome Robyn Meerveld

    The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

  • Lakeside Produce is rebranding

    Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

  • Not real figures - for demonstration purposes only.
    Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

    A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

  • Michelle Broom
    OPMA welcomes new president

    The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

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Welcome Robyn Meerveld

The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

PMA Fresh Marketing Summit in Orlando

The Produce Marketing Association’s 2018 summit will focus on big industry innovations and how to take advantage of them.  One of many Canadian exhibitors, Pure Flavor, is ready to unveil its latest new products. 

Courses for fruit & vegetable growers

Advanced farm management and labour resource courses are being offered by OFVGA and the Agri-Food Management Institute.

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

New trade opportunities with Europe

The new CETA trade agreement has made trading between Canada and Europe easier.  Spain, in particular, is taking note. 

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