Rapidly rising imports of blueberries from Chile, Peru and Mexico have raised the ire of American growers. On September 29, the United States Trade Representative triggered an investigation that will target all source countries for cultivated and wild blueberries. Canada is on the list. 


American agriculture lobbies for priority to COVID-19 vaccine

The American-based United Fresh Produce Association and allied partners are lobbying already to make essential workers in agriculture and food a priority when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. 

Contenders to chair U.S. House Agriculture Committee

A California congressman, Jim Costa, is one of two candidates who have declared interest in chairing the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. He represents an agricultural district surrounding Fresno.

What does US election mean for Canadian agriculture

If the new administration doesn’t move forward with trade negotiations in Europe and Japan, this could present Canadian agriculture with an opportunity to better leverage its first-mover advantage secured in agreements, including CPTPP and CETA. That’s the insight provided by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. 

Arctic apple harvest largest yet in Washington state

Okanagan Specialty Fruits says that harvest of its Arctic non-browning apple is the largest to date with 1,350 acres. The apple is grown specifically for fresh-cut applications. 

Driscoll strawberries to be grown at indoor vertical farm

A controlled environment at Plenty Unlimited’s Wyoming facility has lured Driscoll’s to expand beyond field-grown strawberries. There’s a lot to learn about day length, light intensity and spectrum, air temperature and how they influence expression of genes. 

Wholesalers welcome the Ontario government’s proposed changes to the Ontario Food Terminal Act.  If enacted into law, one positive change would be an increase in the size of the board from seven to 13 members. 

Mastronardi Produce’s introduction of Yowzers! red chili peppers, adds spark to a unique category. They join Shazam! shishito peppers and Kaboom! black jalapenos. 


The federal government has announced that the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund is accepting applications in some provinces. The money is for infrastructure and supports to protect health and safety of farm workers.   

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced more stringent rules for Canadian importers of romaine lettuce from the United States. Effective October 7, importers must prove that romaine does not originate from specific counties in California’s Salinas Valley or provide laboratory certification that the lettuce has below-detectable levels of E. coli.

Green Table Foods, based in Guelph, Ontario, is the winner of an Excellence in Agriculture Award in the processor category. The announcement is part of the recognition of Ontario’s ag food complex during Ontario Agriculture Week. 



  • Vince Pillitteri, winner of the OPMA Lifetime Achievement Award
    OPMA celebrates leaders at virtual awards

    Five individuals have been honoured by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association at its first-ever virtual awards. These leaders rose to the challenge of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available to Ontario consumers. 

  • Van Ymeren Orchards, Alymer, Ontario.
    Honeycrisp Apple Contest winners rewarded

    Just for fun, The Grower invited apple growers across the country to submit photos and measurements of the biggest Honeycrisp apple. Van Ymeren Orchards, Alymer, Ontario wins the contest with an apple measuring 4.9175 inches.

  • AgScape names new executive director

    Taylor Selig has been appointed to continue AgScape’s mission of reaching Ontario’s two million students about agriculture and the potential of agri-careers. He’s been with the organization for six years as development manager. 

  • CPMA names 2020 Produce Champion

    Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan–Malahat–Langford and NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food is featured on the latest podcast of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.  He’s also the 2020 Produce Champion. 

Recent News

Ecoation partners with robotic arm developer

Ecoation is partnering with Kinova, a Canadian-based global leader in professional robotics. It’s a step forward in identifying pests and diseases in greenhouses.

Schuyler Farms withdraws request for appeal

A letter to a local mayor of Haldimand-Norfolk paves the way for upcoming talks about housing accommodations for seasonal workers in 2021.  Ontario’s Norfolk County hosts one of the largest concentrations of workers in the country.

New tender fruit varieties are on the horizon

The annual report of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre highlights progress on several fronts, including new varieties in tender fruit and seedless grapes.    

Zampro fungicide label expanded

The Zampro fungicide label has been expanded for management of downy mildew diseases on spinach and blackberries. 

Arrive Canada electronic document needed

Effective November 21, all travellers to Canada are required to submit information electronically through ArriveCAN before boarding a flight. Employers of temporary foreign workers can submit this data.

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