While the BC blueberry harvest has only just begun, BC’s growers are struggling to salvage their crop. The industry is facing significant challenges due to poor weather conditions and a shortage in labour.

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In many parts of Canada, specifically New Brunswick through to Saskatchewan, hot and dry conditions are prevailing. Some Manitoba growers, for example, feel “the top has been taken off their yield potential” according to a July 23 report from United Potato Growers of Canada. 

Field cucumbers are the second most valuable processing crop in Ontario with a farmgate value topping $11 million. Farming near Chatham, Ontario, Krystle VanRoboys takes a moment from her mechanical harvester to examine the size and quality of the cukes destined for pickles.

Let’s salute all the people who put food on our tables, says Food Day Canada founder Anita Stewart. Toronto’s CN Tower and other iconic structures will be lit red and white from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. Raise awareness by tweeting #FoodDayCanada.

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  • DRC announces leadership changes

    The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

  • Mike Ecker, winner of CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring Mike Ecker, president of Vineland Growers’ Co-operative, for his 45-year career in the produce industry. 

  • OPMA welcomes two new board members

    The Ontario Produce Marketing Association has two new board directors:  Fiona McLean, Del Fresco Produce and Michael Wexler, the Oppenheimer Group. They will serve a three-year term.

  • Conservative shadow cabinet named

    Lianne Rood, a southwestern Ontario MP, has been named the shadow minister for agriculture and agri-food. She has held that role since December 2019.  

     

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DRC announces leadership changes

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that Luc Mougeot will become the new president and CEO on January 1, 2021. He will replace the retiring Fred Webber, who has held the role since 2011. 

Weather events affecting apple harvest

The smoke from U.S. wildfires is affecting apple harvest in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley while Hurricane Teddy is bearing down on Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley on September 22.    

Processing potato crop could be smallest since 2011

Due to drought in eastern Canada and weather challenges in western Canada, the United Potato Growers of Canada forecast the potato crop could be down by six million hundredweight.

Bayer launches trials to address ToBRFV

Two varieties of Roma-type tomatoes that claim intermediate resistance to Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus will be trialled in Mexico. 

Dec 15 is registry deadline for BC employers of seasonal workers

The British Columbia government will require employers of temporary foreign workers to register with the province by December 15, 2020. There is no registration fee. A certificate of registration will be required before applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment. 

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