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India announces more tariffs on U.S. apples

Worsening trade relationships result in tariffs moving from 50 to 80 per cent on American apples destined for the subcontinent. Red Delicious apples are hardest hit.

U.S. backs down on Mexican tariffs

The produce industry is relieved that threats have been cancelled to impose five per cent tariffs on Mexican goods crossing into the U.S. on June 10. The Border Trade Alliance offers some context.

U.S. fresh veg production dips to 19-year low

Inclement weather, food recalls and widening trade gaps contributed to a 19-year low in the production of fresh vegetables in the U.S. in 2018. Onions, head lettuce, romaine lettuce and tomatoes accounted for much of the decline.

McCain Foods opens DC in Idaho

The world’s largest potato processor needs another 10,000 to 15,000 acres of potatoes to keep its expanded distribution centre humming in Burley, Idaho.

Behind the USDA export numbers

A deep dive into the USDA’s latest economic forecast shows horticultural exports remaining steady at $35.5 billion. Canada remains a top market for American fresh fruits and vegetables.

Eric Johnson explains the impact of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program for his Jamaican community. He’s one of the workers employed by Lingwood Farms in Ontario.

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No carcinogen warning required on glyphosate label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overriding California’s Proposition 65 law that requires warning labels on glyphosate that it is carcinogenic, citing the action as “irresponsible.” Glyphosate is the most commonly used weedkiller in the world.

AXXE broad-spectrum herbicide approved

BioSafe Systems has received approval for foliar spray treatment of a broad range of weeds and grasses in a wide range of crops.

Bayer moves Crop Science HQ to St. Louis

Crop protection giant, Bayer, which bought Monsanto in a mega deal, is moving its crop science headquarters to St. Louis and closing its Research Triangle Park facilities. 

Corteva defends Lorsban insecticide

Here’s what the Pest Management Regulatory Agency says about key crop protection products:  Lorsban, Senator and Aliette.

Revised Delegate label

The pre-harvest interval of Delegate insecticide has been amended to one day for bushberries for the control of spotted wing drosophila.

Thanks to plentiful rain, it’s a big crop of Ontario strawberries this year. Diane Cooper, Strawberry Tyme, explains the benefits of protected cover for strawberries grown on tabletops near Simcoe, Ontario.

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No carcinogen warning required on glyphosate label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overriding California’s Proposition 65 law that requires warning labels on glyphosate that it is carcinogenic, citing the action as “irresponsible.” Glyphosate is the most commonly used weedkiller in the world.

AXXE broad-spectrum herbicide approved

BioSafe Systems has received approval for foliar spray treatment of a broad range of weeds and grasses in a wide range of crops.

Bayer moves Crop Science HQ to St. Louis

Crop protection giant, Bayer, which bought Monsanto in a mega deal, is moving its crop science headquarters to St. Louis and closing its Research Triangle Park facilities. 

Corteva defends Lorsban insecticide

Here’s what the Pest Management Regulatory Agency says about key crop protection products:  Lorsban, Senator and Aliette.

Biological insecticides for greenhouse strawberries

Bioprotec and Dipel biological insecticide labels have been expanded for control of leafrollers on greenhouse strawberries in Canada.

For more than 35 years the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon has marked the opening of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival by showcasing Canadian personalities and celebrating the annual grape harvest. This year’s guest is Brent Butt. 

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AALP Class 18 announced

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

The president of Savoura found deceased

The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

Peter Vander Zaag receives award

Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

Passing of Harry McWatters

A legendary pioneer in the British Columbia wine industry has passed. Harry McWatters, 74, celebrated many milestones along the way. 

NatureFresh announces procurement manager in Mexico

The Canadian greenhouse vegetable industry is highly integrated with the U.S. and Mexico. As an example, NatureFresh Farms has announced that Paul Hulsbos will join the organization as procurement manager in Mexico.

Food competition participants at the Royal have the opportunity to be evaluated by Metro through its locally sourced food program. Successful entrants may earn distribution in Metro stores regionally or across Ontario, an intro to Metro’s private brands or the opportunity to develop products and scale.

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No carcinogen warning required on glyphosate label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overriding California’s Proposition 65 law that requires warning labels on glyphosate that it is carcinogenic, citing the action as “irresponsible.” Glyphosate is the most commonly used weedkiller in the world.

AXXE broad-spectrum herbicide approved

BioSafe Systems has received approval for foliar spray treatment of a broad range of weeds and grasses in a wide range of crops.

Bayer moves Crop Science HQ to St. Louis

Crop protection giant, Bayer, which bought Monsanto in a mega deal, is moving its crop science headquarters to St. Louis and closing its Research Triangle Park facilities. 

Corteva defends Lorsban insecticide

Here’s what the Pest Management Regulatory Agency says about key crop protection products:  Lorsban, Senator and Aliette.

Biological insecticides for greenhouse strawberries

Bioprotec and Dipel biological insecticide labels have been expanded for control of leafrollers on greenhouse strawberries in Canada.

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  • Chris Duyvelshoff
    AALP Class 18 announced

    The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

  • The president of Savoura found deceased

    The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

  • Peter Vander Zaag receives award

    Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

  • Photo courtesy of Town Hall Brands
    Passing of Harry McWatters

    A legendary pioneer in the British Columbia wine industry has passed. Harry McWatters, 74, celebrated many milestones along the way. 

  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    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. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    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.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    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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BC cherries funded for new export markets

Federal funding of $241,000 will be matched by industry to spur diversification of British Columbia’s cherry export markets. South Korea is one such target. 

Record crowd for Triggs Lecture Series

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AALP Class 18 announced

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

Support for pollinators in wild blueberries

In 2018, Canadian wild blueberry exports accounted for about half of Canada's total fresh and frozen blueberry exports, which totaled $475 million, to 45 countries. The sector will get more federal and provincial support for bee health:  $800,000.

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