A Mexican temporary worker succumbed to COVID-19 on May 30, reports the Windsor-Essex Health Unit in southwestern Ontario. The news comes on the heels of a weekend outbreak in Norfolk County with 125 positive cases from the Scotlynn Group based in Vittoria. Seven were hospitalized, with four released.

The complex issue of plastics has been analyzed by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and a cross-industry working group. Its most up-to-date guidance defines three categories: preferred, minimize and unfavourable.

Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Canadian government released a new guide for temporary workers on May 28 with more details on employer responsibilities and worker rights. It’s available in English, French and Spanish.

Photo by Glenn Lowson.

On June 9, the Greenbelt Foundation will release a report on opportunities to grow southern Ontario’s fruit and vegetable sector. Six crops are identified, including fresh grapes, pears, strawberries, garlic, eggplant and sweet potatoes.

Michel Camp, CP Farms Ltd., seeding potatoes near Taber, Alberta.

Favourable weather has helped potato growers plant the 2020 crop, with most acres across the country 70 to 90 per cent seeded, according to United Potato Growers of Canada. British Columbia growers will start digging the early-planted Warba variety in early June.  

Photo by Krystle VanRoboys

A “Growing Stronger” project is launching between the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute to shape future research and discussion in the post-COVID era.  



  • United Fresh names best in show virtual exhibit booths

    Canadians won two of the six booth awards at the United Fresh LIVE! show. Best Overall Booth was won by greenhouse grower Sunset/Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario. Best FreshMKT Booth was won by Pure Flavor – Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. Leamington, Ontario. 

  • Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

    Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

  • Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

    Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

  • Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

    The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

Recent News

Testing of workers for COVID-19 to roll out in Ontario

The Ontario government is proactively organizing more COVID-19 testing of seasonal workers. The Niagara and Norfolk regions are priorities in July. It’s a particularly busy time with yellow plum harvest to start July 15 and peaches a week later. 

Brock online cider course sells out

Brock University has transitioned its popular cider and perry production foundation course to an online format. 

Temporary closure of Canadian Visa Application Centre in Mexico City

The Canadian Visa Application Centre in Mexico has temporarily ceased operations and quarantined all staff due to COVID-19. The Western Agricultural Labour Initiative notified its members July 3.

Canlead Solutions launched

Canlead Solutions is an administrative business service provider focused on supporting the Canadian agriculture and food sector. The non-profit organization shares space with the Agricultural Adaptation Council in Guelph, Ontario, but is governed by a separate board. 

Pylon miticide-insecticide has an expanded label for greenhouse use

PMRA has granted label expansion of Pylon miticide-insecticide for chili and onion thrips in greenhouse ornamentals. The product also suppresses pests in greenhouse fruiting crops/cucumbers. 

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