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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Pyganic insecticide registered for low-growing berries

Pyganic crop protection insecticide controls several insect pests of low-growing berries such as lowbush blueberries. 

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. 

Aim herbicide registered for weed control in mint

Weed control in herbs is now improved for mint in particular. 

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.

2020 marks the 20thanniversary for the Dispute Resolution Corporation. Look for a refreshed website and logo on March 11.  

RELATED NEWS

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. 

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. 

L-R: Rebecca Lee, executive director, Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) ; Brian Gilroy, president, CHC; Neil Ellis, parliamentary secretary for agriculture and agri-food; Oleen Smethurst, chair, Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Ron Lemaire, president, CPMA.

On February 25, the horticultural industry honed in on MPs on Parliament Hill. The mission was to refresh relationships but also to meet with newly elected MPs. Of 338 members of the House of the Commons, 27% are new.  

RELATED NEWS

Pyganic insecticide registered for low-growing berries

Pyganic crop protection insecticide controls several insect pests of low-growing berries such as lowbush blueberries. 

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. 

Aim herbicide registered for weed control in mint

Weed control in herbs is now improved for mint in particular. 

Frontier Max herbicide registered on transplanted leeks

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

Ignite SN herbicide label expanded for strawberries in Canada

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

Catherine Langlois

Arterra Wines Canada, Inc has fallen to the charms of Ontario’s Prince Edward County, acquiring Sandbanks Winery. The winery’s founder Catherine Langlois will continue but with greater resources and expertise to support the business based in Wellington. 

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  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    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

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • 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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    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    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.

Recent News

Greenhouse community coordinates response planning

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is very concerned about the current COVID-19 pandemic and is taking all steps to ensure local communities, workforce and farmers are protected. 

Pyganic insecticide registered for low-growing berries

Pyganic crop protection insecticide controls several insect pests of low-growing berries such as lowbush blueberries. 

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. 

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