SupriZingly! Sweet Strawberries, hydroponically-grown strawberries, have won the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), first identified in Canada in 2009, is an invasive species resulti

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  • Chris Van de Laar the 2018 Grape King and new Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group volunteer
    Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister in named

    Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

  • L-R:  John Spurr, Bill Spurr, Lisa Jenereaux, Katie Campbell, Will Spurr, pictured at Melvern Square, Nova Scotia.
    Lisa Jenereaux named IFTA president

    Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.  

  • Mastronardi Produce teams with John Paul DeJoria

    Mastronardi Produce has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavourful produce more widely accessible. The concept? To develop advanced high-density farming systems for underserved markets around the globe.

  • Kara Badder, marketing program director, NatureFresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario.
    2019 Passion for Produce participants announced

    The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced 15 winning participants for the 2019 ‘Passion for Produce’ program at this year’s convention and trade show in Montreal. Kara Badder is one of eight women nominated to attend.

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Ontario makes local food more accessible

The Ontario government is making it easier for public institutions such as universities and hospitals to procure local food by removing red tape and providing tools that encourage its use to farmers, food distributors and public sector organizations.

Deploying big data in the vegetable processing sector

More data than ever is being collected in agriculture and the industry is challenged with how to best use it to support profitable and sustainable food production. Vegetable processor Bonduelle has joined with the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers and In-Green Valley Foods Cooperative to access project funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister in named

Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

Low uptake of health insurance for farmers

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association has released its report, “Safety & Health Insurance Available and Farmer Insurance Needs” during Canadian Agricultural Safety Week. This first-of-its-kind study examines health and disability insurance available to Canadian farmers.

Senate ag committee studies value-added sector

The Senate’s ag committee toured many value-added operations in southern Ontario the week of March 11, 2019. Senator Robert Black, formerly CEO of the Rural Ontario Institute, played a role in shaping the agenda. First stop? The Ontario Food Terminal.

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