Murray Porteous in his apple orchard near Simcoe, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Canadian Horticultural Council honoured Murray Porteous with its annual Doug Connery Award at the 97th annual general meeting in Halifax. He’s an asparagus, apple, pear and sour cherry grower from Simcoe, Ontario. 

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Louise Fresco, president of Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands joined Syngenta’s board of directors, effective April 12, 2019. The university is highly regarded world-wide for its research in horticulture and other agricultural sciences.

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AgScape, the voice of agriculture in the classroom for Ontario, has hired Glenna Banda as its new executive director. She has headed The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington (CFGW) for the past nine years.

Ontario Tender Fruit and Fresh Grape election results

Phil Tregunno remains chair of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers for 2019.

CPMA announces 2019-2020 board of directors

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Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council

Halifax hosted the annual general meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council from March 5-7, 2019.  Ontario apple grower Brian Gilroy remains president while Ontario greenhouse cucumber grower Jan VanderHout moves into the vice-president’s role.

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Louise Fresco, president of Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands joined Syngenta’s board of directors, effective April 12, 2019. The university is highly regarded world-wide for its research in horticulture and other agricultural sciences.

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A group of 18 agri-food industry leaders met with the Ontario ag minister and parliamentary assistant Randy Pettapiece on March 7 to discuss growing the agri-food sector. However, other than a tweeted photo, the government has not released the names of the members.

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EarthFresh Farms expands into southeast U.S.

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Coalition formed to keep Tomato Suspension Agreement

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Film row covers benefit German asparagus growers

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First Fruit Logistica start-up day

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Automating agriculture

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Update on U.S – China trade talks

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The new 140,000 sq. ft. facilities will operate as EarthFresh Atlanta.

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Former ag minister Lawrence MacAulay filled in for ag minister Marie-Claude Bibeau in announcing research funding at the Canadian Horticultural Council AGM in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The funds were welcomed by CHC president Brian Gilroy.

The federal government will invest $11.5 million in research to be conducted by Canadian scientists comprising the Horticulture Research Cluster of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership.

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  • Health Canada to restrict neonic uses

    Health Canada will be cancelling some uses and restricting others of three neonicotinoid pesticides. Changes are ahead for crops ranging from tree fruits to berries to cucurbit vegetables. All uses for orchard trees, for example, have been cancelled.

  • Exirel insecticide label expanded

    The extended label on this insecticide will assist growers in controlling carrot weevil in a number of root vegetables.

  • Malathion 85E insecticide label expanded

    For the upcoming season, growers have access to another tool for suppression of spotted wing drosophila in a number of berry crops and stone fruits.

  • Milstop foliar fungicide label expanded

    The extended label on this foliar fungicide will assist growers in suppressing powdery mildew on field and greenhouse mint as well as greenhouse-grown lettuce.

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Ontario processing veg sector in turmoil

Ontario ag minister Ernie Hardeman has called for direct contracting between processors and tomato growers in advance of 2020 crop negotiations. That means new regulations would have to be in place by the end of the 2019 calendar year. 

New chair for Agricorp

The new chair of Agricorp's board of directors is fourth-generation carrot and onion farmer Jason Verkaik. He’s a past chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.

Takeaways from the Ontario 2019 budget

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