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Orondis Gold Potato fungicide launched

Potato growers have another tool against pink rot and Pythium leak with Syngenta Canada’s new Orondis Gold Potato fungicide.

BASF introduces new Versys insecticide

BASF introduces new Versys insecticide for the 2019 season. It will quickly stop aphids feeding in fruit and vegetable crops.

Update on ferbam, thiram, ziram

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency announced a final decision on ferbam, thiram and ziram fungicides on December 14. 

Presidio label expanded for field and greenhouse use

Valent, the manufacturers of Presidio fungicide have been granted a label expansion for control of downy mildew on field and greenhouse basil, and downy mildew of hops. The expansion also includes suppression of Phytophthora blight and pod rot and downy mildew on edible podded beans in Canada. 

Syngenta launches Minecto Pro insecticide

Minecto Pro is registered in potatoes for control of Colorado potato beetle, European corn borer, spider mite, potato psyllid and flea beetle.  It’s also registered to control labelled pests in apples, pears and various vegetable crops.

Lewis Collins

The Ontario produce industry’s finest leaders shone at the OPMA Annual Awards, held November 9. One of the five award winners was Lewis Collins, now retired from Stronach & Sons at the Ontario Food Terminal.  

Ross Wetmore

In New Brunswick’s changing political fortunes, the Conservatives took the reins of the provincial government on November 9.  Ross Wetmore was named the new minister of agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries. 

Without the men and women who work the fields and greenhouses, there would be no fruit and vegetable production in Canada. This video, directed by the Canadian Horticultural Council, showcases Jamaican worker Anthony at TapRoot Farms, Nova Scotia. 

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World Food Safety Day is June 7

The United Nations is proclaiming World Food Safety Day for the first time on June 7 to encourage efforts to prevent foodborne illness. 

All eyes on U.S. and China trade talks

U.S. – China trade talks scheduled for the week of Jan. 7, 2019 aren’t likely to affect Canadian fruit and vegetable growers’ access to crop protection products.

China agrees to buy U.S. rice

The fact that China is buying American-grown rice signals a slight thaw in relations in the trade war that has hit agriculture hard in the American heartland. If tariffs can be eliminated on other agricultural crops, that’s good news for horticulture too. 

CKF nominated for Fruit Logistica award

Canada’s CKF Inc. is in the running for Fruit Logistica’s 2019 Innovation Award. Its top-sealable compostable, recyclable strawberry punnet is a strong contender.

UN declares 2020 International Year of Plant Health

The Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) of the United Nations estimates that up to 40 per cent of global food crops, worth USD 220 billion in trade of agricultural products, is lost annually due to plant pests. The campaign for plant health rounds out a decade of attention to biodiversity. 

RELATED NEWS

Orondis Gold Potato fungicide launched

Potato growers have another tool against pink rot and Pythium leak with Syngenta Canada’s new Orondis Gold Potato fungicide.

BASF introduces new Versys insecticide

BASF introduces new Versys insecticide for the 2019 season. It will quickly stop aphids feeding in fruit and vegetable crops.

Update on ferbam, thiram, ziram

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency announced a final decision on ferbam, thiram and ziram fungicides on December 14. 

Presidio label expanded for field and greenhouse use

Valent, the manufacturers of Presidio fungicide have been granted a label expansion for control of downy mildew on field and greenhouse basil, and downy mildew of hops. The expansion also includes suppression of Phytophthora blight and pod rot and downy mildew on edible podded beans in Canada. 

Syngenta launches Minecto Pro insecticide

Minecto Pro is registered in potatoes for control of Colorado potato beetle, European corn borer, spider mite, potato psyllid and flea beetle.  It’s also registered to control labelled pests in apples, pears and various vegetable crops.

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  • New Rural Economic Development portfolio

    Nova Scotia has a new minister in the federal cabinet in the new portfolio of Rural Economic Development. She’s MP Bernadette Jordan who has represented the riding of South Shore-St. Margarets since 2015.

  • L-R:  Matthias Oppenlaender, chair Grape Growers of Ontario, Michèle Bosc, Paul Bosc Sr., Amélie Boury and Miguel Fongalvo from Chateau des Charmes at an Award of Merit ceremony, April 2017.  Photo courtesy Grape Growers of Ontario.
    Obituary: Michèle Bosc

    Niagara’s grape and wine industry is mourning the untimely passing of Michèle Bosc, the vice-president of marketing and administration for Chateau des Charmes winery. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the trail-blazing winery had just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018.  

  • Crystal Mackay steps down

    President of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, Crystal MacKay, is leaving after a decade of leading industry associations.  She’ll continue in her role until after the annual general meeting in April 2019. 

  • Dr. Jim Brandle
    Dr. Jim Brandle resigns

    A tireless leader, Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, resigns effective November 9. He’s been in the role since the start-up in 2007. 

  • Bringing European berry innovation back to Canada

    The North American Strawberry Growers’ Association visited Europe in late 2018. Three major trends were evident:  driving excellence through specialization, driving efficiency through elevation and faster picking, driving savings through industry standardization.

  • Natural gas to be expanded in rural Ontario

    Ontario has passed legislation to expand access to natural gas in more parts of rural and northern Ontario. 

  • (L-R): Chris Bittle, MP St. Catharines; Shelley Martin, interim CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Dr. Tania Humphrey, Chief Scientific Officer, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; and Vance Badawey, MP Niagara Centre
    $5 million to automate greenhouses

    The feds have announced up to $5 million for an 'automation cluster' led by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Research will focus on robotic harvesters for greenhouse cucumbers, wireless irrigation for flowers and vegetables, and sensors for soil and air moisture. Ag minister Lawrence MacAulay and fellow MPs were on hand for the announcement.

     

  • Herbicide-resistant pigweed. Photo by Kristen Obeid.
    CropLife Canada helps growers manage resistance

    Manage Resistance Now is a new online resource developed by CropLife Canada to help growers minimize the development of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide resistance on their farms. 

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Changes to the Canadian Food Guide

Plants and plant-based protein are the favoured food groups in the draft edition of the new Canada Food Guide.

Health Canada reaffirms safety of glyphosate

Health Canada scientists have again rejected arguments that glyphosate causes cancer. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup.

New Rural Economic Development portfolio

Nova Scotia has a new minister in the federal cabinet in the new portfolio of Rural Economic Development. She’s MP Bernadette Jordan who has represented the riding of South Shore-St. Margarets since 2015.

Orondis Gold Potato fungicide launched

Potato growers have another tool against pink rot and Pythium leak with Syngenta Canada’s new Orondis Gold Potato fungicide.

Obituary: Michèle Bosc

Niagara’s grape and wine industry is mourning the untimely passing of Michèle Bosc, the vice-president of marketing and administration for Chateau des Charmes winery. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the trail-blazing winery had just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018.  

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