Climate change appears in every article these days about farming and the environment, yet few say much that is useful to growers to either understand or adapt to the impacts of climate change.

With Thanksgiving, Ontario Agriculture Week and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement still fresh in our minds, it’s a great time to reflect on one of agriculture’s most pressing imperatives: that is, tearing down fences between – and within -- urban and rural Canada.

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Hyperspectral imaging and artificial intelligence are improving food safety. A Waterloo, Ontario-based company is in the forefront of these waste-reducing technologies. 

Drones: toys or tools?

Kate VanderZaag and her husband Peter have been experimenting with a drone on their 1,800 acres of owned and rented land near Alliston, Ontario. They share an insightful experience. 

Virus testing to get faster

Before any new tree fruit varieties can be accepted in Canada, they must pass virus testing in a quarantine setting in Sidney, British Columbia. Thanks to new research funding, DNA technology may streamline the process from three years to six months.

Carbon taxed

If change is not practical, then it is not sustainable.

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Smooth transition expected of major fruit tree nursery to Upper Canada Growers

Upper Canada Growers sounds like a company enshrined in history. It is, sort of.

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  • L-R: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Ray Keenan, potato grower from Rollo Bay Holdings.
    MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

    Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

  • Welcome Becky Dumais

    The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

  • CPMA Booth Awards

    This award-winning booth by Peak of the Market was a warm-up practice for the Winnipeg Jets winning over the Nashville Predators. 

  • Murray Driediger
    Canadian Produce Person of the Year

    One of British Columbia’s produce leaders in both fruits and vegetables, Murray Driediger, is honoured with The Packer’s Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  

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FCC supports mental health

Farm Credit Canada has partnered with the Do More Agriculture Foundation to form a mental health support network for those coping with mental illness.

MacAulay hosts U.S. ag secretary in PEI

Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister, hosted Sonny Perdue, U.S. agriculture secretary on June 15, maintaining the dialogue on cross-border trade. The high-profile tour included a visit to Ray and Alvin Keenan, potato growers at Souris.  

Metro’s new local policy in Niagara

Metro Ontario recently held a vendor show-and tell-prior to the next phase of its Local Purchasing Policy. The policy caters to Ontario consumers wanting more locally sourced options in stores. 

Maersk Line to Montreal

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

Safe Food For Canadians Act

Federal ministers of agriculture and health announced on June 13 that the Safe Food for Canadians Act regulations have been published. The Act will come into force on January 15, 2019. 

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