Sukhjit Sidhu

For Okanagan Valley fruit farmer Sukhjit Sidhu, this year’s labour crunch is stressing his ability to maintain his orchards. Many other growers are in the same predicament. 

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Entrust and Success insecticide labels expanded

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Bayer completes Monsanto acquisition

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PMRA review of captan

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

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Romaine lettuce story not over

The harvest season for romaine lettuce ended April 16 in Yuma, Arizona, but contamination with E. coli has caused five deaths and 197 illnesses. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the toll equals the spinach tragedy of 2006. 

China accepting U.S. fruit

Chinese inspections of U.S. fruit have returned to normal after a month of shipments detained for seven days.

New Brunswick potato seeding underway

The historic floods of the Saint John River have been devastating in southern reaches of New Brunswick – Fredericton and Moncton -- but have had no effect on potato growers at higher elevations. 

China intensifies inspections

Tensions are growing between China and the U.S. as increased inspections of fruit have on-the-ground implications. A U.S. Apple representative explains the ripple effects. 

Canada’s largest grocer, Loblaw, has announced a national roll-out of its on-line grocery business. Another disruptive trend, robots, will be increasingly used in distribution centres. 

Cutting asparagus/Packing asparagus. Photos by Glenn Lowson.

For Asparagus Farmers of Ontario, it’s been a late spring. Based on the two-week weather forecast, first shipments to the Ontario Food Terminal and major grocers are anticipated week of May 14.    

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Welcome Becky Dumais

The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

CPMA Booth Awards

This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

CPMA Convention Awards

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognized industry leaders at the 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia this past week. As part of the Convention program, awards were given to industry leaders for their ongoing commitment to the produce industry in Canada – and the overall health of Canadians.

Farm & Food Care Ontario board

Farm & Food Care Ontario elects 2018-2019 board of directors. Christine Schoonderwoerd moves into the role of chair. 

The European Union has voted to ban all outdoor uses of neonicotinoids, prior to a legal decision to be rendered May 17th. Both Bayer and Syngenta challenged the 2013 partial ban at the European Court of Justice. 

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Biological control for cabbage looper

New biological product is available for control of cabbage looper in field vegetables.  

PMRA review of captan

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

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  • L-R: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Ray Keenan, potato grower from Rollo Bay Holdings.
    MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

    Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

  • Welcome Becky Dumais

    The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

  • CPMA Booth Awards

    This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

  • Murray Driediger
    Canadian Produce Person of the Year

    One of British Columbia’s produce leaders in both fruits and vegetables, Murray Driediger, is honoured with The Packer’s Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  

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Farm Credit Canada has partnered with the Do More Agriculture Foundation to form a mental health support network for those coping with mental illness.

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Metro’s new local policy in Niagara

Metro Ontario recently held a vendor show-and tell-prior to the next phase of its Local Purchasing Policy. The policy caters to Ontario consumers wanting more locally sourced options in stores. 

Maersk Line to Montreal

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

Safe Food For Canadians Act

Federal ministers of agriculture and health announced on June 13 that the Safe Food for Canadians Act regulations have been published. The Act will come into force on January 15, 2019. 

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