Crop researchers continue to unearth the pathways of how plants photosynthesize. American company, Yield10 Bioscience, has signed a research agreement with J.R. Simplot Company to further evaluate three novel yield traits in potatoes.
Application intake opens November 4 for Ontario agri-food businesses looking to enhance food safety, develop new markets and expand their operations. It’s part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
With more than 1,300 megawatts of greenhouse load seeking to connect in Ontario by 2025, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is calling for proposals for innovative projects focused on reducing electricity demand from indoor agriculture. Total available funding is up to $2.5 million. IESO will accept proposals from November 18, 2019 to February 14, 2020.
The SUNSET-grown WOW berries promotion was named Best in Show at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California. The trade show broke attendance records October 17-19 with 24,000 attendees.
The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.
United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses.
Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.
Researchers at the University of Windsor are looking to the sun to help solve a challenge for Ontario greenhouse growers – how to expand the sector sustainably while reducing its environmental footprint.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is extending mandatory compliance for Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) traceability requirements specific to produce packaging. The fruit and vegetable industry has until January 15, 2021 to use the current stock of packaging material.
While it’s unlikely that activists would raid a potato-packing facility, the integrity and security of the food safety system must be upheld. That’s why Ontario’s proposed new legislation – Security From Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act 2019 – is relevant beyond livestock farmers.