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United Fresh launches LIVE!

A fresh produce virtual platform will replace the in-person event slated for mid-June in San Diego. United Fresh LIVE! Will debut the week of June 15, 2020. 

Global virtual town hall

The Produce Marketing Association, based in Newark, Delaware, convened members from 21 countries to discuss the industry’s response to COVID-19. The virtual town hall revealed that bananas, potatoes, carrots and onions are in the highest demand.

U.S. Apple Association: guest workers urgently needed

The U.S. embassy has suspended processing of new H-2A worker applications in Mexico City and its offices across the country. The U.S. Apple Association, one of the founders of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, is asking for a reversal of that position. 

Canada ratifies USMCA

The Canadian Senate gave Royal Assent to the new United States-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement on March 13, 2020. It was an historic event, overshadowed by the global pandemic of COVID-19. 

Coronavirus not spread through food

The European Food Safety Authority is closely monitoring the global outbreak of coronavirus disease. Ironically, its headquarters are based in Parma, in the north of Italy, part of the lockdown by the Italian government.

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and NSF Canada have scheduled the first of several food safety workshops for March 17-18. The meeting venue is the Ontario Food Terminal. More dates across Canadian cities will be announced.

VQH Farms, a perennial competitor, took first place this year with Great Lakes Brewery for the Imperial (double) IPA’ style of craft beer. The annual competition was hosted at the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention. 

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Fresh Direct Produce co-founder passes

Kam Chiu Lee, co-founder of Vancouver-based Fresh Direct Produce, has passed due to cancer. 

CHC honours leaders

Collaborative. Untiring. Tenacious. These are some of the adjectives that Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council used to describe four award winners at the 98thannual general meeting in Ottawa. 

Vineland appoints new VP, operations

Chris McQueen is the newest member of the senior management team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. 

Stokes Seeds names new territory manager

Stokes Seeds welcomes aboard Alexandre Bisson as a new Quebec territory manager, based on the south shore region of Montréal. 

OMAFRA leadership changes

Greg Meredith, deputy minister of Ontario agriculture, food and rural affairs will be moving to the ministry of labour, training and skills development effective April 6, 2020. 

RELATED NEWS

Fresh Direct Produce co-founder passes

Kam Chiu Lee, co-founder of Vancouver-based Fresh Direct Produce, has passed due to cancer. 

CHC honours leaders

Collaborative. Untiring. Tenacious. These are some of the adjectives that Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council used to describe four award winners at the 98thannual general meeting in Ottawa. 

Vineland appoints new VP, operations

Chris McQueen is the newest member of the senior management team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. 

Stokes Seeds names new territory manager

Stokes Seeds welcomes aboard Alexandre Bisson as a new Quebec territory manager, based on the south shore region of Montréal. 

OMAFRA leadership changes

Greg Meredith, deputy minister of Ontario agriculture, food and rural affairs will be moving to the ministry of labour, training and skills development effective April 6, 2020. 

Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald (right) and Master’s student Alexandra Dacey.

Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald has mentored dozens of students as professor of plant agriculture, University of Guelph. Equally at home in the field, she’s working with Master’s student Alexandra Dacey, documenting carrot weevil found in carrot trials at the Muck Crops Research Station in Bradford, Ontario. 

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Canadian food system is up to the test

Seasonal agricultural workers such as Jamaican Willy Green are crucial to the 2020 growing season. The federal government is providing exemptions to the travel ban however logistics are still to be announced. 

How to tell and sell the origin story

Seedless watermelon is only one of the specialties carried at Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario. Kevin Howe says ground cherries and canary melons also pique the interest of consumers. The on-farm market has been so successful that the family has opened another location south of London Ontario. 

Showing face in the midst of trade wars

Bill George Jr. and his son Will have tasted the promise of Icewine exports to China. With geopolitical tensions in 2019, the risks of diversifying into markets abroad have been amplified. It’s too early to know if the recent U.S-China deal will help or hinder.    

Soil fitness – just do it!

Fourth-generation grower Kyle Horlings is questioning the way things have always been done. Since 2015, he’s taken about 10 acres of carrots and onions out of production every year for restorative cover plantings. His experiments near King, Ontario garnered him the Healthy Soil Award from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority in November. 

Frequent flyer earns bonus points for good taste

Oleen Smethurst is known for her quest for flavour. As assistant vice-president, general merchandise manager for produce, Costco Canada, she jets all over the world from Berlin to Bogotá, meeting with growers and seed suppliers. While touring southern Ontario in late August 2019, she visited Martin’s Family Fruit Farm near Waterloo, Ontario.

RELATED NEWS

Fresh Direct Produce co-founder passes

Kam Chiu Lee, co-founder of Vancouver-based Fresh Direct Produce, has passed due to cancer. 

CHC honours leaders

Collaborative. Untiring. Tenacious. These are some of the adjectives that Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council used to describe four award winners at the 98thannual general meeting in Ottawa. 

Vineland appoints new VP, operations

Chris McQueen is the newest member of the senior management team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. 

Stokes Seeds names new territory manager

Stokes Seeds welcomes aboard Alexandre Bisson as a new Quebec territory manager, based on the south shore region of Montréal. 

OMAFRA leadership changes

Greg Meredith, deputy minister of Ontario agriculture, food and rural affairs will be moving to the ministry of labour, training and skills development effective April 6, 2020. 

A world of flavours awaits convention goers at the new booth of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association and The Grower. It’s booth #710 at the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls. 

RELATED NEWS

Fresh Direct Produce co-founder passes

Kam Chiu Lee, co-founder of Vancouver-based Fresh Direct Produce, has passed due to cancer. 

CHC honours leaders

Collaborative. Untiring. Tenacious. These are some of the adjectives that Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council used to describe four award winners at the 98thannual general meeting in Ottawa. 

Vineland appoints new VP, operations

Chris McQueen is the newest member of the senior management team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. 

Stokes Seeds names new territory manager

Stokes Seeds welcomes aboard Alexandre Bisson as a new Quebec territory manager, based on the south shore region of Montréal. 

OMAFRA leadership changes

Greg Meredith, deputy minister of Ontario agriculture, food and rural affairs will be moving to the ministry of labour, training and skills development effective April 6, 2020. 

Guest speaker Chef Massimo Capra

Plan ahead for this year’s Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Toronto in mid-May. One of the guest speakers is Chef Massimo Capra. Early bird registration ends March 6. 

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    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    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. 

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    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.

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    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Greenhouse community coordinates response planning

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is very concerned about the current COVID-19 pandemic and is taking all steps to ensure local communities, workforce and farmers are protected. 

Pyganic insecticide registered for low-growing berries

Pyganic crop protection insecticide controls several insect pests of low-growing berries such as lowbush blueberries. 

BC farmers market operators go online

The British Columbia government has purchased a bulk package of licenses for 70 farmers’ markets to sign up for online produce sales. Local Line, based in Kitchener, Ontario provides the service.  

Vegetable prices expected to increase

Food prices are expected to rise 4% in 2020, with vegetables and bakery leading the way. The update is courtesy of Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.  

United Fresh launches LIVE!

A fresh produce virtual platform will replace the in-person event slated for mid-June in San Diego. United Fresh LIVE! Will debut the week of June 15, 2020. 

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