From labour to energy saving, Vineland’s research focuses on the issues important to Canada’s horticultural industry. Read the results in its 2018/19 Innovation Report.
The quality and safety of tender fruit at the Vineland Growers’ Cooperative is getting a boost from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, with funding to implement new food safety measures. Member Phil Tregunno was an early adopter this past summer at new packing facilities at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Walmart Canada is purchasing 40 Tesla semis for use at distribution centres in Mississauga, Ont. and Surrey B.C. The retailer is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by powering its entire fleet with renewable energy by 2028.
Growers who rely on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program should be aware that a biometrics initiative is expanding beyond Jamaica to more countries. To accommodate this initiative, Service Canada is suggesting that any farm employer who requires workers in January or February 2019 should apply for workers as soon as possible.
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.