Foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland met with her counterparts in Mexico City on July 25, 2018. The current Mexican administration hopes to wrap up NAFTA negotiations before they’re officially out on December 1. 

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Everyone – growers and producers included – is encouraged to cook like a Canadian, eat like a Canadian and shop like a Canadian on Food Day Canada, August 4. Recognition of homegrown produce such as these hearty potatoes is what the event is all about, founded by University of Guelph food laureate Anita Stewart.

Wildfires in British Columbia continue spreading across the Okanagan Valley. BC Wildfire Service currently seven “wildfires of note.” Currently, Mount Eneas is the largest and most worrisome, covering 1,793 hectares, which is prime wine region. 

Charles Stevens, right, discusses future of the apple industry with researcher Dr. Daryl Somers, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency plans to eliminate the use of mancozeb and metiram fungicides. Charles Stevens, an apple and blueberry grower, explains the consequences for horticulture and why grower organizations are opposed. 

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Herbicide uptake in cold weather

If you haven’t applied your pre-emergent herbicides, now is the perfect time and if possible try to apply all post-emergent herbicides when temperatures are above 60oF or 16°C.  This is May 8 advice from Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA weed management specialist for horticulture. 

Vayego insecticide protects against Colorado potato beetle

Bayer Crop Science is announcing the registration of the active ingredient, tetraniliprole, which will be marketed as Vayego insecticide to potato growers. 

BioLink herbicide registered for Canada

Westbridge Agricultural Products is launching BioLink herbicide, approved for both organic and conventional growers.  

Ontario crop protection fruit guides now ready

The popular fruit crop protection guides are now available as five stand-alone publications for apples, berries, grapes, tender fruit and tree nuts. 

Aim herbicide label expanded for tree nuts

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has approved a label expansion registration for Aim herbicide to control weeds and suckers on tree nuts in Canada. 

 

A July 14 fire at Westmoreland-TopLine Farms, Leamington, Ontario is being blamed on a discarded cigarette with damages being estimated at $2.3 million. Firefighters battled extreme heat conditions during the area’s heat wave.

Belinda Kemp, senior oenologist, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

Researchers and winemakers converge on Niagara region July 20-22 for the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. Ontario will be extolling the virtues of its own vintners of this important grape variety. Belinda Kemp, CCOVI senior oenologist, will have a front row seat. 

Nova Scotia was hit with a severe cold snap in early June causing varying crop losses in wild blueberries, potatoes, grapes and other commodities. In response, the Canadian government is triggering the late participation mechanism under AgriStability. 

As of mid-July, British Columbia’s blueberries are coming into peak season and in Ontario, the hot, dry weather has made for a quick start with very good fruit. There’s been very little pressure from Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) says Dusty Zamecnik, EZ Grow Farms.  

Peter Dhillon, owner of Canada’s largest cranberry farm, is among the five inductees into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame this year. The ceremony will take place in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 4. 

Greenhouse giant Mastronardi Produce is expanding into the U.S. The company will operate a state-of-the-art 20-acre greenhouse facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This will be the company’s sixth location. 

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Asia Fruit Logistica reschedules to November

Turbulent times have forced the popular produce trade show to change venues from Hong Kong to Singapore. Now it’s rescheduling from September to November 18-20, 2020.   

American produce industry to receive $2.7 billion in aid

The American ag secretary Sonny Perdue has announced $2.7 billion to the fruit and vegetable industry to help mitigate losses from the COVID-19 emergency. Of that total, $100 million per month for the next six months are earmarked for a “Buy Fresh” program for food banks and school curbside pickup. 

United Fresh launches LIVE!

A fresh produce virtual platform will replace the in-person event slated for mid-June in San Diego. United Fresh LIVE! Will debut the week of June 15, 2020. 

Global virtual town hall

The Produce Marketing Association, based in Newark, Delaware, convened members from 21 countries to discuss the industry’s response to COVID-19. The virtual town hall revealed that bananas, potatoes, carrots and onions are in the highest demand.

U.S. Apple Association: guest workers urgently needed

The U.S. embassy has suspended processing of new H-2A worker applications in Mexico City and its offices across the country. The U.S. Apple Association, one of the founders of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, is asking for a reversal of that position. 

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Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

Online food safety workshops on offer

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and NSF Canada are offering online food safety workshops beginning in June.  

Farmers eligible for Canada Emergency Business Account

Some of the gaps in emergency funding are being filled as the federal government announced on May 19 that more businesses are eligible for the $40,000 interest-free loan under CEBA.  

The Conversation about the importance of seasonal workers

The Canadian media have spotlighted the necessity of seasonal workers in the agri-food chain. Bethany Hastle, assistant professor of law at the University of British Columbia, shares her view at The Conversation Canada.com   

Ontario farmers markets learn to adapt

Modified, yes!  Delayed, maybe. But only five of 180 Ontario farmers’ markets have cancelled for the 2020 season. 

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