Sobeys bought Farm Boy for $800 million in September 2018, promising to fuel expansion. That pledge is coming true with the announcement of eight new stores in the next two years.

Founder and owner of Nature Fresh Farms, Peter Quiring; general manager, John Ketler; and executive retail sales account manager, Matt Quiring cut the ribbon along with their new partners: Neil Enns, Ben Friesen, Abram Fehr, and Peter Klassen.

Nature Fresh Farms has announced that it’s transferring the keys to 36 acres, comprising Phase 1 and 2 greenhouses, to a new group of dedicated growers. The new business entity, Chosen Fresh Farms, is owned by Neil Enns, Ben Friesen, Abram Fehr and Peter Klassen. 

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Processing veg growers elect first and second vice-chairs

The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers confirmed its 2020 board. The sector earned just under $90 million in farmgate sales in 2019. Sweet corn had its strongest showing in four years with an estimated $8.017 million in farmgate value.  

Scott Hodgins joins Plant Products Inc

Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario, Plant Products Inc. is building on its core greenhouse base to include outdoor fruits and vegetables with the addition of a crop protection veteran. 

Cathy McKay to chair Ontario Apple Growers

After serving as vice-chair since 2013, Cathy McKay becomes chair of the provincial organization that includes 200+ members.The Port Perry apple grower is confident there are lots of growth opportunities.

CanadaGAP announces stakeholder advisory committee

Ontario apple grower Cathy McKay has been reappointed chair of CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee for 2020. It consists of volunteers who serve a technical role to the CanAgPlus board of directors. 

Local Food Champion opens second farm market

The constant stream of traffic is a telling sign that Howe Family Farms got it right on its second farm market location near St. Thomas. Grower Kevin Howe is celebrating the 2019 Local Food Champion award given by the local MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. 

In one project supported by the Agricultural Adaptation Council, brewery partners will have access to genomic and metabolomic information in advance of working with every yeast strain. That knowledge will impact different process variables such as temperature on the flavour outcomes of craft beer.

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Syngenta launches Miravis fungicides

Miravis is the global umbrella brand for several group 7 fungicides containing Adepidyn, the trademarked name for the active ingredient. Miravis Duo is for cucurbit and fruiting vegetables while Miravis Prime is for grapes. 

CropLife Canada supports court decision

A federal court has ruled in support of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s authority to set phase-in periods for amended pesticide registrations. 

BASF launches Cevya fungicide in Canada

Systemic fungicide Cevya will be available for the 2020 crop year.  

Prowl herbicide label expanded

The Prowl herbicide label is now expanded for control of labelled weeds on garlic, shallots and transplanted leeks in Canada

Delegate insecticide label expanded on grapes, fruiting vegetables

The Delegate insecticide label is now expanded for control of spotted wing drosophila on grapes and other pests in fruiting vegetables in Canada. 

Dennis Van Dyk (L), an Ontario vegetable crops specialist and muck grower Kyle Horlings discuss soil health in the Holland Marsh.

On December 5, World Soil Day, the federal and Ontario governments launched a $5.75 million, multi-year project to strengthen environmental stewardship, enhance water quality and improve soil health.

RELATED NEWS

Processing veg growers elect first and second vice-chairs

The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers confirmed its 2020 board. The sector earned just under $90 million in farmgate sales in 2019. Sweet corn had its strongest showing in four years with an estimated $8.017 million in farmgate value.  

Scott Hodgins joins Plant Products Inc

Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario, Plant Products Inc. is building on its core greenhouse base to include outdoor fruits and vegetables with the addition of a crop protection veteran. 

Cathy McKay to chair Ontario Apple Growers

After serving as vice-chair since 2013, Cathy McKay becomes chair of the provincial organization that includes 200+ members.The Port Perry apple grower is confident there are lots of growth opportunities.

CanadaGAP announces stakeholder advisory committee

Ontario apple grower Cathy McKay has been reappointed chair of CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee for 2020. It consists of volunteers who serve a technical role to the CanAgPlus board of directors. 

Local Food Champion opens second farm market

The constant stream of traffic is a telling sign that Howe Family Farms got it right on its second farm market location near St. Thomas. Grower Kevin Howe is celebrating the 2019 Local Food Champion award given by the local MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. 

Grower intentions for the BC Icewine harvest are down in 2019 with a total of 125 acres registered. That figure is off the pace of 200 acres in recent years.

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    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

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    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.

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Seasonal workers in Ontario greenhouses

Approximately 3,000 seasonal workers from Mexico and the Caribbean began arriving in January to help in Leamington, Ontario and Niagara peninsula greenhouses. That’s the vanguard of what’s expected to be a total of 18,000 seasonal workers in Ontario. 

Canada Agriculture Day set for February 11

The fourth anniversary of Canada’s Agriculture Day aims to strengthen the consumer-producer relationship. 

Buy Canadian foods campaign to build public trust

Buy local. Buy Canadian. A new federal campaign will urge consumers to put their buying power behind locally-grown foods. Fresh, frozen, pickled – it all counts. 

E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce declared over

American food safety authorities declared that as of January 15, 2020, the E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce from Salinas, California is now over. A total of 165 people were sickened. No deaths were reported. 

CHC extends early bird registration to Jan 31

Ottawa is hosting the 2020 Canadian Horticultural Council annual general meeting at the Westin Hotel, March 10-12. Get registered now for this educational and networking policy event. 

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