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Working with many ag leaders across the country, the Ottawa-based president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association has been stick handling myriad issues.

Dr Chris Trobacher at NutriAg talks foliar and soil-applied nutrition in potatoes

Nutrients and micro-nutrients have a huge role to play in keeping potato plants healthy through the season. A strong plant is in a better position to ward off diseases and pests, and stand up to extreme  weather conditions.

Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald forecasts the future of IPM

The state of Integrated Pest Management keeps evolving with new equipment and techniques for identifying diseases and pests.

Kevin Howe offers best tips for on-farm markets

Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower, speaks with Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario.

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Sour cherry trees will be in blossom in May, immune to the world pandemic of COVID-19 virus. Although an uplifting sight, the outstanding question is how they will be harvested in two months. This cover story quotes several horticultural industry leaders on what’s happening now and potential paths forward. 

Canadian food system is up to the test

Seasonal agricultural workers such as Jamaican Willy Green are crucial to the 2020 growing season. The federal government is providing exemptions to the travel ban however logistics are still to be announced. 

The future of IPM: something old, something new

Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald has mentored dozens of students as professor of plant agriculture, University of Guelph. Equally at home in the field, she’s working with Master’s student Alexandra Dacey, documenting carrot weevil found in carrot trials at the Muck Crops Research Station in Bradford, Ontario. 

How to tell and sell the origin story

Seedless watermelon is only one of the specialties carried at Howe Family Farm Market near Aylmer, Ontario. Kevin Howe says ground cherries and canary melons also pique the interest of consumers. The on-farm market has been so successful that the family has opened another location south of London Ontario. 

Showing face in the midst of trade wars

Bill George Jr. and his son Will have tasted the promise of Icewine exports to China. With geopolitical tensions in 2019, the risks of diversifying into markets abroad have been amplified. It’s too early to know if the recent U.S-China deal will help or hinder.    

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Diplomat 5SC fungicide for control or suppression of various diseases on greenhouse and field grown fruits and vegetables in Canada.

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

Loblaw plans to spend $150 million more each year supporting Canadian farmers. The program will help farmers grow exotic and traditionally imported fruits and vegetables on Canadian soil year-round, lessening the need for imports.

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay was accompanied by Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Furh to make further announcements regarding funding to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network at the Canadian Vintners Association’s AGM.

 

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Asia Fruit Logistica reschedules to November

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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. 

Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

New chair for Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission

Pork and chicken producer Amy Cronin has been appointed chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission for a two-year term. 

Nature Fresh Farms hires director of marketing

Seasoned advertising veteran Stephanie Swatkow is the new director of marketing for greenhouse grower Nature Fresh Farms. 

The Grower columnist interviewed on CBC Radio

In the May issue of The Grower, columnist Owen Roberts put forward a perspective that’s not often heard in the mainstream media. And that’s the view that  foreign workers are professionals. CBC Radio contacted him for a series of cross-Canada interviews on April 28.   

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at Canadian-owned Highbury Canco in Leamington on Canada Day, the same day a 10 per cent tariff came into effect on ketchup, adding to the U.S./Canada trade war.

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will host What’s Growin’ On Open House  at its Victoria Avenue research farm on July 25. Since 2006, Jim Brandle, CEO, has been a strong proponent of communicating its world-class research to multiple stakeholders.  

More than $11 million in federal funds is going towards the first-ever grape and wine cluster and the Canadian Vintners’ Association. Research willimprove wine quality and vineyard management practices, address challenges faced by the sector and build upon Canada’s international reputation as a top cool-climate wine producer. 

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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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