L-R: Gerry Byrne, NL minister of fisheries and land resources; 
David Marit, SK minister of agriculture; Ernie Hardeman, ON minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs; Lana Popham, BC minister of agriculture; Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food; André Lamontagne, QC minister of agriculture, fisheries and food; Bloyce Thompson, PEI minister of agriculture and land; Keith Colwell, NS minister of agriculture; Ross Wetmore, NB minister of agriculture, aquaculture and fisherie

Federal and provincial agriculture ministers agree to agree on a diverse range of issues. The final communiqué of the annual meeting reveals lots of work ahead on labour, trade and business risk management files.  

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The London-Ontario based association, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, has named Keith Robbins to the role of general manager. He starts September 17, 2019. 

QPMA honours George Pitsikoulis

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

AALP Class 18 announced

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

The president of Savoura found deceased

The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

With roadside markets and farmers’ markets at full peak, it’s a worthy question to consider whether these growers need a membership in the Dispute Resolution Corporation to meet Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. A recent newsletter offers the scenarios.

Ontario's government is investing in research to prevent or control costly crop diseases and pests and improve production practices for fruit and vegetable growers.

Stéphane Roy

Quebec greenhouse grower Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son are reported missing in northern Quebec as his helicopter failed to return from a fishing trip. He is the founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

RELATED NEWS

Grape King announced for 2019

For John Fedorkow, it’s a lifetime achievement to be honoured as Grape King 2019. He was photographed at his 75-acre vineyard near St. David’s, Ontario. 

Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers names general manager

The London-Ontario based association, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, has named Keith Robbins to the role of general manager. He starts September 17, 2019. 

QPMA honours George Pitsikoulis

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

AALP Class 18 announced

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

The president of Savoura found deceased

The founder of the Savoura greenhouse tomato brand, Stéphane Roy and his 15-year-old son Justin, were found deceased on July 25 after a helicopter crash in northern Quebec. 

NatureFresh Farms is adding a new pale-coloured cucumber to its offerings.  It’s called Unveiled Mini Cucumbers with packaging that communicates plenty of social media channels.

 Stefan Larrass (L), senior policy advisor, Labour Issues Coordinating Committee/policy advisor, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association greets the Hon. Ahmed Hussen, federal minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship after the July 12 news conference in Mississauga.

Canada is launching a new three-year economic immigration pilot to help address worker shortages in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse sectors. Details on how to apply will be available in early 2020 says Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.

The 4-H pledge that’s been used for more than a century is now cognizant of global linkages. The last line reads…For my club, my community, my country, and my world.

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FEATURES

  • Grape King announced for 2019

    For John Fedorkow, it’s a lifetime achievement to be honoured as Grape King 2019. He was photographed at his 75-acre vineyard near St. David’s, Ontario. 

  • Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers names general manager

    The London-Ontario based association, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, has named Keith Robbins to the role of general manager. He starts September 17, 2019. 

  • Dino Farrese (L), 2018-2019 QPMA president presents Pillar of the Industry award to George Pitsikoulis
    QPMA honours George Pitsikoulis

    The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting  in Quebec City, August 8-10.

  • Chris Duyvelshoff
    AALP Class 18 announced

    The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.  

  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

  • Photo courtesy of Eugenia Banks
    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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CFA to host agriculture leadership debate

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