Metro Ontario recently held a vendor show-and tell-prior to the next phase of its Local Purchasing Policy. The policy caters to Ontario consumers wanting more locally sourced options in stores. 

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

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Chinese ag trade mission

Those interested in trade opportunities with China are invited to meet with an agricultural delegation in Ottawa on September 12. 

Mastronardi expands into Ohio

Greenhouse giant Mastronardi Produce is expanding into the U.S. The company will operate a state-of-the-art 20-acre greenhouse facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This will be the company’s sixth location. 

Bolstering Canada’s grape & wine sector

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay was accompanied by Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Furh to make further announcements regarding funding to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network at the Canadian Vintners Association’s AGM.

 

Imagine a world without potatoes

The International Potato Center (CIP) announced the “Imagine a World without Potatoes” campaign at the 10th World Potato Congress. A marketing specialist framed the campaign as follows: The problem is not that the potato fails to inspire, but that we take it for granted. 

Romaine lettuce story not over

The harvest season for romaine lettuce ended April 16 in Yuma, Arizona, but contamination with E. coli has caused five deaths and 197 illnesses. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the toll equals the spinach tragedy of 2006. 

Federal ministers of agriculture and health announced on June 13 that the Safe Food for Canadians Act regulations have been published. The Act will come into force on January 15, 2019. 

Edible Dianthus

Ontario-based Freeman Herbs is working with Vineland to determine what kinds of edible flowers might appeal to consumers. Interestingly, there’s a market for smooth-textured flowers such as dianthus.

The Agricultural Adaptation Council is Ontario’s administrator of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Be aware of intake deadlines in July. 

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Drones: toys or tools?

Kate VanderZaag and her husband Peter have been experimenting with a drone on their 1,800 acres of owned and rented land near Alliston, Ontario. They share an insightful experience. 

Virus testing to get faster

Before any new tree fruit varieties can be accepted in Canada, they must pass virus testing in a quarantine setting in Sidney, British Columbia. Thanks to new research funding, DNA technology may streamline the process from three years to six months.

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"Behind The Scenes" Jackie Rowe explains how she markets garlic scapes to retailers

Karen Davidson, editor, talks with Jackie Rowe marketing garlic scapes to retailers.

Ontario’s electorate made a serious right-hand turn on June 7 in electing the Progressive Conservative party with Doug Ford at the helm. The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association looks forward to working with the premier and cabinet. 

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently announced the approval of minor use label expansion registrations for Venture L herbicide for control of labeled weeds on rhubarb, the bulb onion subgroup 3-07A, green onions, caneberries subgroup 13-07A and lettuce in Canada.

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PMRA restarts review process

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

Delegate label expanded

Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

Update: mancozeb and metiram

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

RELATED NEWS

PMRA restarts review process

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

Delegate label expanded

Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

Update: mancozeb and metiram

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

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  • PMRA restarts review process

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

  • Late blight confirmed in Ontario

    Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

  • Delegate label expanded

    Delegate insecticide label has been expanded for suppression of new pests on stone fruit and tree nuts in Canada.

  • BASF closes acquisition of Bayer assets

    On August 1, BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. Scott Hodgins, crops manager, horticulture BASF Canada, shares the highlights.

  • David Marit
    David Marit, new SK ag minister

    Saskatchewan’s new agriculture minister, David Marit, hails from the southwestern region of the prairie province. He has represented the riding of Wood River since 2016.  

  • Fraser Hetherington
    Stokes Seeds adds to exec team

    Fraser Hetherington joins Stokes Seeds as the new executive vice president to oversee marketing, product and supplier strategies out of the company’s office in Thorold, Ontario.

  • Grower receives honorary degree

    Ken Forth’s dedication and involvement in the Canadian fruit & vegetable industry and SAWP program has earned him a degree from University of Guelph.

  • Ernie Hardeman is new Ontario ag minister

    Ernie Hardeman is Ontario’s new minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs under Ontario’s new premier, Doug Ford. This is Hardeman’s second foray into ministering agricultural affairs, which he previously managed under Mike Harris.

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BC hazelnut replant funding

BC’s hazelnut industry was decimated with eastern filbert blight in the last decade, but is getting new life with provincial funding of $300,000 over three years for a replant program. One of the growers is Helmut Hooge Farm, Agassiz, BC, host of a field day last fall. 

PMRA restarts review process

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

Late blight confirmed in Ontario

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field near Alliston, Ontario, just days after the US23 strain was identified in Michigan state. Crop protection fungicides are recommended. 

Heartburn in the heartland

As trade wars continue to escalate between the U.S. and China, American farmers are having second thoughts about their political loyalties. A majority still back President Trump, but that support is eroding.  

Potatopia opens in Toronto

Potato utopia is coming to downtown Toronto. To put the “oh!” in potato, go to the newest kiosk:  Potatopia.

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