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The Fresh from the Farm fundraising program is building on the success of the last four years. More than 5,000 schools representing 73 Ontario school boards, First Nations schools and a sampling of private sector schools are eligible to participate in the September 2017 campaign.

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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. 

Peter Vander Zaag receives award

Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

Passing of Harry McWatters

A legendary pioneer in the British Columbia wine industry has passed. Harry McWatters, 74, celebrated many milestones along the way. 

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Grading peaches by the pixel

New packing lines are revolutionizing how tree-ripened tender fruit can be speedily handled and shipped to consumers. The largest peach grower in Ontario, the Tregunno family, installed a Spectrim vision system three years ago at the farm near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Ryan Tregunno stays sharp for 10 weeks as traffic controller in his computer pit above the lines of peaches and nectarines.

On top of the latest labour-saving equipment

Carrot, parsnip and onion grower Doug Van Luyk is one of those in the Holland Marsh who has expanded to 500 acres in both muck and mineral soils with the help of labour-saving technology. Here, his son Bradley stands on top of a self-propelled, two-row carrot harvester near Newmarket, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Spearheading change with asparagus allies

For the last two years, Rebecca Compton has chaired the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario through a challenging marketing period. While managing 60 acres and an on-farm retail outlet, Big Red Barn near Delhi, Ontario, she encourages her young children – Sable and Anson – to be at home in the field.

Breeding local apples for multiple micro-climates

Many apple growers are converting to high-density orchards with top-selling consumer favourites:  Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and Gala. The search for new varieties is arduous as Cathy McKay, vice-chair of the Ontario Apple Growers, attests. She’s been one of the champions of a new Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium.

Cannabis clouds competitiveness of greenhouse vegetable sector

Canada’s greenhouse vegetable sector is feeling the heat from energy prices to carbon taxes to cannabis conversions. But Duffy Kniaziew, owner, Orangeline Farms, is sticking with what he knows: peppers.

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Food safety drives production and packaging systems

Perspectives on food safety differ in Europe compared to the United States. Shifting trends may inspire farmers to grow more protected crops rather than open field vegetables. Hydroponic lettuce is a case in point.

India announces more tariffs on U.S. apples

Worsening trade relationships result in tariffs moving from 50 to 80 per cent on American apples destined for the subcontinent. Red Delicious apples are hardest hit.

U.S. backs down on Mexican tariffs

The produce industry is relieved that threats have been cancelled to impose five per cent tariffs on Mexican goods crossing into the U.S. on June 10. The Border Trade Alliance offers some context.

U.S. fresh veg production dips to 19-year low

Inclement weather, food recalls and widening trade gaps contributed to a 19-year low in the production of fresh vegetables in the U.S. in 2018. Onions, head lettuce, romaine lettuce and tomatoes accounted for much of the decline.

McCain Foods opens DC in Idaho

The world’s largest potato processor needs another 10,000 to 15,000 acres of potatoes to keep its expanded distribution centre humming in Burley, Idaho.

Sweet cherries in bloom in British Columbia. Photo courtesy of Jealous Fruits.

Cooler weather in the Okanagan Valley this spring has resulted in a later start to the season for

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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. 

Peter Vander Zaag receives award

Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

Passing of Harry McWatters

A legendary pioneer in the British Columbia wine industry has passed. Harry McWatters, 74, celebrated many milestones along the way. 

Ontario asparagus

The Asparagus Farmers of Ontario have foiled a fake news story published on FreshPlaza.com on May 17.

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  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • Peter Vander Zaag receives award

    Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.

  • 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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Grapevine testing urged

A pathogen-free vineyard starts at the nursery, says Hans Buchler, chair of the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network. He urges grape growers to use federal funds allocated for the current year.

Tender fruit and fresh grape funding

The objective of new federal funding – valued at more than $475,000 - for tender fruits and fresh grapes is to improve fruit quality and availability of new varieties for consumers. 

Local Line web builder is free

An Ontario-based e-commerce & logistics software platform, Local Line, is launching a free website builder for farmers. The team is based in Kitchener, Ontario.

CanAgPlus AGM in Charlottetown

Growers in Prince Edward Island and surrounding region will have an opportunity to attend the CanAgPlus annual general meeting in Charlottetown on November 28. It’s the organization that owns and operates the CanadaGAP food safety program. 

Asia Fruit Logistica goes ahead in Hong Kong

While the protest movement in Hong Kong has frayed nerves and delayed airport traffic, organizers of Asia’s biggest produce show have decided to go ahead with the show September 4-6.

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