The next generation of farmers may not be born in this land, but for this land. Statistics Canada does not track foreign-born farmers, but here is one story of how a fourth-generation business is recruiting talent from other countries.

Access to labour is one of the key issues for 2018. Growers are worried about access to seasonal workers, but also resourcing technical skills and managerial skills. We call Kirk Kemp, president of Algoma Orchards near Newcastle Ontario to find out how his operation is transitioning. 

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Behind the scenes with Danny Mucci

The Grower goes Behind the Scenes of the April cover to gain insight from Danny Mucci. What’s the science behind indoor-grown strawberries? Is the market sustainable for future expansion? The president of Mucci Farms shares his forecast for the future of this new crop. 

Jason Deveau offers tips for spray season

Jason Deveau, OMAFRA application technology specialist, reveals the motivation for a new video, Micron Woman. It’s the best educational tool yet to see how a droplet of pesticide behaves once it leaves the spray nozzle. 

"Behind the Scenes" Kate Vander Zaag puts drones to use on her potato farm

Growers and researchers are giving a thumbs-up to drones which can be used for aerial surveillance of crop problems that scouts miss on the ground.

Kyle Wynette discusses selling hops to craft brewers

Ontario’s craft beer industry is a media darling, but local growers have remained almost anonymous. Kyle Wynette is one young grower expanding a six-acre hopyard. His Tavistock Hop Company along with Upper Thames Brewing are entered into the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition to be held February 21 in Niagara Falls. 

CPMA is hosting food safety forums in January and February across Canada. The timing is to address the Canada Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which are now in force. 

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OMAFRA’s new vegetable specialist

OMAFRA announces a new vegetable crop specialist to be stationed in Ridgetown, Ontario. Amanda Tracey brings years of experience to the position.   

Farm & Food Care Champion Award

No stranger to horticulture, Jamie Reaume is honoured for his agricultural advocacy by Farm & Food Care Ontario. One of his former roles was founder and executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association. 

Syngenta changing of the guard

Syngenta Canada announces a leadership change, with Jay Bradshaw retiring and Trevor Heck assuming the role of president. The transition is effective June 1, 2018.

Meet Mike Chromczak

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) has formed a new Environment and Climate Change Section to respond to a host of issues. Mike Chromczak has agreed to be chair, entering new territory for both himself and the association.

Vineyard excellence honoured

The $4.4 billion Ontario grape and wine industry honoured three leaders in Niagara Falls on March 23 at the 30th anniversary of the Cuvée Grand Tasting. Albrecht Seeger won the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award.  

Canadian agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay speaking to the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville on January 7, 2018.

President Trump’s most recent tweets have caused only a wall of angst. As NAFTA renegotiations restart Jan 23-28, Canadian stakeholders hope that the bon vivant nature of Montreal will have a positive effect. 

More than 1,500 food and beverage processing businesses across the country unite to launch new Ottawa-based, national organization mandated to work with governments and other stakeholders on industry priorities.

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Behind the scenes with Danny Mucci

The Grower goes Behind the Scenes of the April cover to gain insight from Danny Mucci. What’s the science behind indoor-grown strawberries? Is the market sustainable for future expansion? The president of Mucci Farms shares his forecast for the future of this new crop. 

Jason Deveau offers tips for spray season

Jason Deveau, OMAFRA application technology specialist, reveals the motivation for a new video, Micron Woman. It’s the best educational tool yet to see how a droplet of pesticide behaves once it leaves the spray nozzle. 

"Behind the Scenes" Kate Vander Zaag puts drones to use on her potato farm

Growers and researchers are giving a thumbs-up to drones which can be used for aerial surveillance of crop problems that scouts miss on the ground.

Kyle Wynette discusses selling hops to craft brewers

Ontario’s craft beer industry is a media darling, but local growers have remained almost anonymous. Kyle Wynette is one young grower expanding a six-acre hopyard. His Tavistock Hop Company along with Upper Thames Brewing are entered into the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition to be held February 21 in Niagara Falls. 

Instacart produce picker

On January 17, Instacart rolls out same-day grocery delivery service at Real Canadian Superstore and Zehrs locations in a cluster of southwestern Ontario cities. More than 518,000 local households will have ability to have groceries delivered in as little as an hour. 

Robert Henderson

A former potato, blueberry and beef farmer assumes the agriculture and fisheries portfolio in Prince Edward Island in a recent cabinet shuffle. Robert Henderson is well-known as the previous minister of health and wellness. 

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OMAFRA’s new vegetable specialist

OMAFRA announces a new vegetable crop specialist to be stationed in Ridgetown, Ontario. Amanda Tracey brings years of experience to the position.   

Farm & Food Care Champion Award

No stranger to horticulture, Jamie Reaume is honoured for his agricultural advocacy by Farm & Food Care Ontario. One of his former roles was founder and executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association. 

Syngenta changing of the guard

Syngenta Canada announces a leadership change, with Jay Bradshaw retiring and Trevor Heck assuming the role of president. The transition is effective June 1, 2018.

Meet Mike Chromczak

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) has formed a new Environment and Climate Change Section to respond to a host of issues. Mike Chromczak has agreed to be chair, entering new territory for both himself and the association.

Vineyard excellence honoured

The $4.4 billion Ontario grape and wine industry honoured three leaders in Niagara Falls on March 23 at the 30th anniversary of the Cuvée Grand Tasting. Albrecht Seeger won the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award.  

Female Spotted Wing Drosophila

For berry growers, Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is an invasive pest which is causing more damage, earlier every season. Michigan State University researchers are hosting the latest results of U.S.-led biological control in an upcoming webinar. 

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    Rimon insecticide for pepper weevil

    The Rimon 10 EC insecticide label is expanded for control / suppression of insects on field peppers and non-bearing nursery stock in Canada.

  • Re-cropping after Callisto or Command?

    It is very important to know what herbicides have been used on any land prior to planting a new crop, to determine if there will be concerns with herbicide residues. In this article, see the re-cropping intervals required in certain crops. 

  • Luna Sensation for 2018

    Luna Sensation is available for the 2018 season.  The systemic fungicide targets highly problematic diseases such as sclerotinia rot, powdery mildew, and monilinia.

  • Revus fungicide for pink rot

    Syngenta Canada Inc. has received registration of Revus fungicide as a potato seed treatment for the suppression of pink rot and control of seed‑borne late blight in potatoes.

  • Amanda Tracey
    OMAFRA’s new vegetable specialist

    OMAFRA announces a new vegetable crop specialist to be stationed in Ridgetown, Ontario. Amanda Tracey brings years of experience to the position.   

  • Jamie Reaume, right, visits with a Holland Marsh grower.
    Farm & Food Care Champion Award

    No stranger to horticulture, Jamie Reaume is honoured for his agricultural advocacy by Farm & Food Care Ontario. One of his former roles was founder and executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association. 

  • Syngenta changing of the guard

    Syngenta Canada announces a leadership change, with Jay Bradshaw retiring and Trevor Heck assuming the role of president. The transition is effective June 1, 2018.

  • Asparagus grower Mike Chromczak is the chair of the newly formed Environment and Climate Change Section at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association. He farms at Brownsville, Ontario.
    Meet Mike Chromczak

    The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) has formed a new Environment and Climate Change Section to respond to a host of issues. Mike Chromczak has agreed to be chair, entering new territory for both himself and the association.

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OMAFRA’s new vegetable specialist

OMAFRA announces a new vegetable crop specialist to be stationed in Ridgetown, Ontario. Amanda Tracey brings years of experience to the position.   

Kubota’s expansion plans

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