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Contenders to chair U.S. House Agriculture Committee

A California congressman, Jim Costa, is one of two candidates who have declared interest in chairing the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. He represents an agricultural district surrounding Fresno.

What does US election mean for Canadian agriculture

If the new administration doesn’t move forward with trade negotiations in Europe and Japan, this could present Canadian agriculture with an opportunity to better leverage its first-mover advantage secured in agreements, including CPTPP and CETA. That’s the insight provided by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. 

Arctic apple harvest largest yet in Washington state

Okanagan Specialty Fruits says that harvest of its Arctic non-browning apple is the largest to date with 1,350 acres. The apple is grown specifically for fresh-cut applications. 

Fruit Logistica shifts the date and adapts concept

The international show in Berlin is rescheduling its February event to May 18-20, 2021 under the headline: “Meet onsite. Connect online.” 

Bronzing caused by apple rust mites. Photo by OMAFRA.

Gowan Crop Protection has acquired the global rights for the active ingredient spirodiclofen from Bayer AG. It is active against all life stages of a wide spectrum of mites, including eggs, nymphs and female adults. 

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Zampro fungicide label expanded

The Zampro fungicide label has been expanded for management of downy mildew diseases on spinach and blackberries. 

UPDATED - Mancozeb fungicide to remain registered on some crops

Mancozeb, a foundational fungicide in many programs, will continue to be allowed for disease control in crops such as potatoes and apples. However some cancellations are in store for other crops. Be careful to read the details.  

Mancozeb fungicide to remain registered on some crops

Mancozeb, a foundational fungicide in many programs, will continue to be allowed for disease control in crops such as potatoes and apples. However some cancellations are in store for other crops. Be careful to read the details.  

Tricor LQ herbicide registered

UPL AgroSolutions is launching a new liquid formulation in its herbicide that is registered for potatoes and tomatoes. Tricor increases the control of several pigweed species and other weeds.

STRIM MTZ herbicide registered for potatoes

UPL AgroSolutions Canada has received PMRA registration for new STRIM MTZ herbicide. It controls troublesome grasses and broadleaf weeds such as lamb’s quarters.

On Thanksgiving weekend, the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association sold apples for 12 cents a pound – the farmgate price that growers receive -- at the Kelowna farmers’ market. The awareness-building event underscored the precarious position of growers who need 30 cents per pound to break even. 

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OPMA celebrates leaders at virtual awards

Five individuals have been honoured by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association at its first-ever virtual awards. These leaders rose to the challenge of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available to Ontario consumers. 

Honeycrisp Apple Contest winners rewarded

Just for fun, The Grower invited apple growers across the country to submit photos and measurements of the biggest Honeycrisp apple. Van Ymeren Orchards, Alymer, Ontario wins the contest with an apple measuring 4.9175 inches.

AgScape names new executive director

Taylor Selig has been appointed to continue AgScape’s mission of reaching Ontario’s two million students about agriculture and the potential of agri-careers. He’s been with the organization for six years as development manager. 

CPMA names 2020 Produce Champion

Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan–Malahat–Langford and NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food is featured on the latest podcast of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.  He’s also the 2020 Produce Champion. 

Sponsor announced for First Canadian Honeycrisp Apple Contest

Agro-K, which offers foliar nutrition and soil conditioning products, is sponsoring the inaugural contest hosted by The Grower. Provincial winners of the largest Honeycrisp apple will be announced as soon as harvest is complete.   

RELATED NEWS

Zampro fungicide label expanded

The Zampro fungicide label has been expanded for management of downy mildew diseases on spinach and blackberries. 

UPDATED - Mancozeb fungicide to remain registered on some crops

Mancozeb, a foundational fungicide in many programs, will continue to be allowed for disease control in crops such as potatoes and apples. However some cancellations are in store for other crops. Be careful to read the details.  

Mancozeb fungicide to remain registered on some crops

Mancozeb, a foundational fungicide in many programs, will continue to be allowed for disease control in crops such as potatoes and apples. However some cancellations are in store for other crops. Be careful to read the details.  

Tricor LQ herbicide registered

UPL AgroSolutions is launching a new liquid formulation in its herbicide that is registered for potatoes and tomatoes. Tricor increases the control of several pigweed species and other weeds.

STRIM MTZ herbicide registered for potatoes

UPL AgroSolutions Canada has received PMRA registration for new STRIM MTZ herbicide. It controls troublesome grasses and broadleaf weeds such as lamb’s quarters.

A new Field Crop Services building is under construction at the Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph. The $6.5 million structure is expected to be complete by spring 2022. It’s timely news for Brett Shepherd who has been named director of the campus, effective November 16.

The federal government is offering up to $11.6 million to Ontario farmers for protective measures for workers. Items such as workplace modifications, personal protective equipment, transportation and temporary housing are eligible. These funds top up Ontario’s commitment of $15 million announced earlier in the year. 

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Cascades introduces thermoformed cardboard food tray

Recycled and recyclable, this thermoformed cardboard food tray features a water-based coating that protects from moisture.  

Red Sun Farms lights up

Headquartered in Kingsville, Ontario, Red Sun Farms has installed state-of-the-art lighting to grow year-round. 

Weeding robot now on road trip to French vineyards

Feedback from 20 French winegrowers has helped to refine the latest version of Ted, a robotic weeder now on a roadshow throughout France. It’s available for sale in 2021.  

Compostable cucumber wrap is launched

Nature Fresh Farms continue their sustainable initiatives by releasing a new, 100 per cent home compostable wrap for their long English Cucumbers, a first in the North American market.

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American agriculture lobbies for priority to COVID-19 vaccine

The American-based United Fresh Produce Association and allied partners are lobbying already to make essential workers in agriculture and food a priority when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. 

Contenders to chair U.S. House Agriculture Committee

A California congressman, Jim Costa, is one of two candidates who have declared interest in chairing the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. He represents an agricultural district surrounding Fresno.

What does US election mean for Canadian agriculture

If the new administration doesn’t move forward with trade negotiations in Europe and Japan, this could present Canadian agriculture with an opportunity to better leverage its first-mover advantage secured in agreements, including CPTPP and CETA. That’s the insight provided by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. 

Arctic apple harvest largest yet in Washington state

Okanagan Specialty Fruits says that harvest of its Arctic non-browning apple is the largest to date with 1,350 acres. The apple is grown specifically for fresh-cut applications. 

Driscoll strawberries to be grown at indoor vertical farm

A controlled environment at Plenty Unlimited’s Wyoming facility has lured Driscoll’s to expand beyond field-grown strawberries. There’s a lot to learn about day length, light intensity and spectrum, air temperature and how they influence expression of genes. 

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  • Vince Pillitteri, winner of the OPMA Lifetime Achievement Award
    OPMA celebrates leaders at virtual awards

    Five individuals have been honoured by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association at its first-ever virtual awards. These leaders rose to the challenge of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available to Ontario consumers. 

  • Van Ymeren Orchards, Alymer, Ontario.
    Honeycrisp Apple Contest winners rewarded

    Just for fun, The Grower invited apple growers across the country to submit photos and measurements of the biggest Honeycrisp apple. Van Ymeren Orchards, Alymer, Ontario wins the contest with an apple measuring 4.9175 inches.

  • AgScape names new executive director

    Taylor Selig has been appointed to continue AgScape’s mission of reaching Ontario’s two million students about agriculture and the potential of agri-careers. He’s been with the organization for six years as development manager. 

  • CPMA names 2020 Produce Champion

    Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan–Malahat–Langford and NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food is featured on the latest podcast of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.  He’s also the 2020 Produce Champion. 

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Ecoation partners with robotic arm developer

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Schuyler Farms withdraws request for appeal

A letter to a local mayor of Haldimand-Norfolk paves the way for upcoming talks about housing accommodations for seasonal workers in 2021.  Ontario’s Norfolk County hosts one of the largest concentrations of workers in the country.

New tender fruit varieties are on the horizon

The annual report of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre highlights progress on several fronts, including new varieties in tender fruit and seedless grapes.    

Zampro fungicide label expanded

The Zampro fungicide label has been expanded for management of downy mildew diseases on spinach and blackberries. 

Arrive Canada electronic document needed

Effective November 21, all travellers to Canada are required to submit information electronically through ArriveCAN before boarding a flight. Employers of temporary foreign workers can submit this data.

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