At the 2019 Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition, first place went to Muddy York Brewing Co and VQH Farms. To put this win into context, brothers Curtis and Joe VanQuaethem and cousin Jared Hevenor grew their first hop crop in 2014. They are consistent competitors, twinning with another brewery for second place.
Canadian horticultural leader Ken Porteous will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. He has been chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association and president of the Canadian Horticultural Council, among many other notable industry contributions.
Innovative apple grower Tom Chudleigh, who was instrumental in establishing pick-your-own orchards as a popular agri-tourism activity in Ontario, is the winner of this year’s Arysta Golden Apple Award. He shares the award with wife Carol and family.
Longtime horticultural labour issues advisor Ken Linington is the winner of this year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association Award of Merit. He was honoured at the OFVGA annual banquet in Niagara Falls, February 19, 2019.
Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist for horticulture crops with the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, was honoured as one of this year’s Soil Champion award recipients.
Ken Knox, former deputy minister of the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, has been appointed by the Ontario government as chair of the Ontario Food Terminal Board. He has a one-year term ending January 16, 2020.