Several long-serving growers and industry leaders were honoured at the Canadian Horticultural Council meetings in Ottawa on March 14.They included John MacDonald, a potato and berry grower from Prince Edward Island.
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.
Employment and Social Development Canada has initiated a number of integrity audits in horticulture, stressing growers who don’t know the reason for the audit and who can’t apply for seasonal workers until the audit is complete. Murray Porteous calls the process a ‘witch hunt.’