Ray Keenan, chair, United Potato Growers of Canada.

Demand for processing potatoes has collapsed resulting in 760 million pounds of 2019-harvested potatoes still in storage. When combined with unsold seed potatoes, the lost value is $105 million according to United Potato Growers of Canada. 


Photo by Glenn Lowson

Ontario and Atlantic Canada have received about three-quarters of the foreign temporary workers compared to workers requested at this juncture. British Columbia and Quebec are faring worse with 54 per cent and 50 per cent respectively. These numbers are accurate for April 30. 

Photo by Krystle VanRoboys

Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers applaud the announcement of financial supports from the federal and provincial governments to protect agricultural workers on Ontario farms during the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s a 70% cost-share program up to $7,500 per farm. 

The federal government has announced a $100 million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be assessed individually on their merit, and will be supported to a maximum of $10 million. 

The Ontario and federal governments are funding $2.25 million that farmers can access for more personal protective equipment. Fruit and vegetable growers are eligible to apply. 



  • United Fresh names best in show virtual exhibit booths

    Canadians won two of the six booth awards at the United Fresh LIVE! show. Best Overall Booth was won by greenhouse grower Sunset/Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario. Best FreshMKT Booth was won by Pure Flavor – Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. Leamington, Ontario. 

  • Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

    Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

  • Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

    Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

  • Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

    The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

Recent News

Testing of workers for COVID-19 to roll out in Ontario

The Ontario government is proactively organizing more COVID-19 testing of seasonal workers. The Niagara and Norfolk regions are priorities in July. It’s a particularly busy time with yellow plum harvest to start July 15 and peaches a week later. 

Brock online cider course sells out

Brock University has transitioned its popular cider and perry production foundation course to an online format. 

Temporary closure of Canadian Visa Application Centre in Mexico City

The Canadian Visa Application Centre in Mexico has temporarily ceased operations and quarantined all staff due to COVID-19. The Western Agricultural Labour Initiative notified its members July 3.

Canlead Solutions launched

Canlead Solutions is an administrative business service provider focused on supporting the Canadian agriculture and food sector. The non-profit organization shares space with the Agricultural Adaptation Council in Guelph, Ontario, but is governed by a separate board. 

Pylon miticide-insecticide has an expanded label for greenhouse use

PMRA has granted label expansion of Pylon miticide-insecticide for chili and onion thrips in greenhouse ornamentals. The product also suppresses pests in greenhouse fruiting crops/cucumbers. 

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