RELATED NEWS

Gordon Stock joins OFVGA

Looking to the future, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has created a new position of senior policy advisor and government relations. 

Greenhouse Canada features

Veteran reporter Dave Harrison has just retired after 22 years as editor of Greenhouse Canada. One of his last features was with another veteran: Ontario cucumber grower Jan VanderHout. 

Golden Apple Award

Niagara-area farm leader is named Golden Apple award winner.

New PEI ag minister

A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

Expert panel for risk management

An external expert panel of 11 farmers and academia has been appointed to give input on business risk management programs. 

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its eighth-podcast episode with guest Dave VanSegbrook to get a behind the scenes perspective based on our December cover story called “Brussels sprouts: a vegetable crop competing in a global marketplace”.

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Kyle Wynette discusses selling hops to craft brewers

Ontario’s craft beer industry is a media darling, but local growers have remained almost anonymous. Kyle Wynette is one young grower expanding a six-acre hopyard. His Tavistock Hop Company along with Upper Thames Brewing are entered into the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition to be held February 21 in Niagara Falls. 

"Behind the Scenes" Kirk Kemp recruits global talent

Access to labour is one of the key issues for 2018. Growers are worried about access to seasonal workers, but also resourcing technical skills and managerial skills. We call Kirk Kemp, president of Algoma Orchards near Newcastle Ontario to find out how his operation is transitioning. 

Podcast - B.C. blueberry grower talks about dealing with Spotted Wing Drosophila

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its eleventh-podcast episode with guest Jason Smith, a 4th generation B.C. blueberry grower, past chair of the BC Blueberry Council and current member of the crop protection advisory committee for the Canadian Horticultural Council to talk about Spotted Wing Drosophila.

Podcast episode 9

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its ninth-podcast episode with guest Sue-Ann Staff.

Podcast episode 7

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its seventh podcast episode with guest Chris Mullet Koop, an egg and grape farmer from Jordan, Ontario.

Ron Lemaire (L) and Wayne Easter, House Finance Committee Chair, at the 2018 pre-budget consultations, Ottawa.

Lobbying efforts have moved the discussion forward on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act-like deemed trust in Canada.

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Virus testing to get faster

Before any new tree fruit varieties can be accepted in Canada, they must pass virus testing in a quarantine setting in Sidney, British Columbia. Thanks to new research funding, DNA technology may streamline the process from three years to six months.

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Acramite miticide for herbs

Acramite 50WS miticide label is expanded for control of two-spotted mites on herbs and mint in Canada. 

Reason fungicide label expanded

Reason 500SC fungicide label is now expanded for management of downy mildew of basil and Brassica vegetables in Canada. 

Prism herbicide for stone fruit

Prism herbicide now has a label expansion for stone fruit. 

BASF moves into insecticides

BASF Canada sees a bright future in horticulture. Seven horticultural representatives are stationed across the country. And new insecticides to control piercing and sucking insects are due in 2019.  

Prowl herbicide for field tomatoes

BASF’s Prowl H2O herbicide label has been expanded for control of labeled weeds on field tomatoes.

Windset Farms, Delta, British Columbia

A carbon monoxide accident at Windset Farms’ greenhouse sent 42 employees to hospitals in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia on December 9.  All were discharged from hospital as of the following day.

Supreme Court of Canada hears from interveners during rare two-day hearing which ended December 7.  Five small BC wineries had their day in court.

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FEATURES

  • Gordon Stock joins OFVGA

    Looking to the future, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has created a new position of senior policy advisor and government relations. 

  • Jan VanderHout in the Beverly Greenhouses propagation area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.
    Greenhouse Canada features

    Veteran reporter Dave Harrison has just retired after 22 years as editor of Greenhouse Canada. One of his last features was with another veteran: Ontario cucumber grower Jan VanderHout. 

  • Art Moyer
    Golden Apple Award

    Niagara-area farm leader is named Golden Apple award winner.

  • Robert Henderson
    New PEI ag minister

    A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

Recent News

BC expands replant program

British Columbia’s agriculture minister has announced a new $5 million Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund. It’s welcome news after poor returns from the 2017 season. 

University of Guelph funding

The University of Guelph and OMAFRA are renewing a 10-year partnership worth $713 million for research and innovation.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is officially announced to take effect April 1, 2018.  Program details and applications are now available for: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.

Simplot expands in Manitoba

J.R. Simplot announces $460 million expansion near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to be ready in fall 2019. That’s major news for potato growers who harvest 65,000 acres now. 

Fruit Logistica innovators

Three innovations tickled the 75,000 attendees in Berlin. They were a snack, a tomato and renewable packaging. 

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