Ontario has passed legislation to expand access to natural gas in more parts of rural and northern Ontario.
The feds have announced up to $5 million for an 'automation cluster' led by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Research will focus on robotic harvesters for greenhouse cucumbers, wireless irrigation for flowers and vegetables, and sensors for soil and air moisture. Ag minister Lawrence MacAulay and fellow MPs were on hand for the announcement.
Cavendish Farm’s state-of–the-art production facility in Lethbridge, Alberta is now equipped with the industry’s latest TOMRA Eco steam peelers. Reduced carbon footprint and increased processing efficiency are two big benefits.
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.