Hearings have been set for Bill 148, An Act to ament the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. This is the legislation that seeks to inrease minimum wage. 

L-R Jim Clark, chair, Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission; Kevin Safrance, OGVG vice-chair district 1; James Neven, OGVG vice-chair, district 2; George Gilvesy, OGVG chair.

Ontario’s $850 million greenhouse vegetable industry has witnessed rapid growth. The 50th anniversary was celebrated in Kingsville, Ontario at the October 24, 2017 annual general meeting. 

Cold Snap pears are en route to major grocery stores by Vineland Growers’ Co-operative. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Great flavour characterizes the 2017 crop of Cold Snap winter pears. Snap them up early before they’re gone by Christmas.

Which is the fairest of them all?

The National Apple Competition is one of the highlights of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. This year’s edition runs from November 3-12 at the Enercare Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its fifth podcast episode with guest Shawn Brenn, a potato grower and director on the Ontario Potato Board of Brenn-B Farms from Waterdown, Ontario. Shawn has been working closely with potato researcher Eugenia Banks on some trails with the goal to develop new potato varieties that enhance farm sustainability. What’s a winner? Listen to find out.

Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, Bill George, vice chair, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association; Matthias Oppenlaender, chair, Grape Growers of Ontario.

More than wine grapes were on the menu when Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne visited a Beamsville-area vineyard recently. The effects of proposed minimum wage increases were center plate.

The American, Canadian and Mexican flags represent billions in trade.

With a tough round of NAFTA renegotiations concluded in Washington, talks move to Mexico in a later than anticipated fifth round on November 17-21.



Recent News

Small business tax changes loom

Be mindful of the federal tax changes recently proposed and how they will affect your farm, spouse and children.

Process for accessing hort funds

Ontario growers already enrolled in SDRM programs are eligible for provincial funding.

CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee 

After a successful annual general meeting, CanAgPlus has appointed members from coast to coast to advise on the intricacies of the CanadaGAP program for 2018.

Podcast episode 8

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”.

Lobbying efforts matter

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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