Social licensing is a term that continues to gain traction and will become more prominently spoken in our on-farm vocabulary.

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Fresh or processed, vegetables are under pressure

This truck load of freshly cut celery is destined for a food processing plant near Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Holland Marsh grower Tim Horlings says that the eight-hour haul from Newmarket Ontario to the U.S. is the last stage of six months of tender care from seedling to soup. 

Farm moms always work from home

Amanda Dooney, farm manager for Suncrest Orchards, shares the challenges of a pandemic year and how she’s making life better for Jamaican temporary foreign workers thinning apples near Simcoe, Ontario. She’s promised new bunkhouse quarters in time for harvest 2021.  

Riding the berry revolution

Nothing has been easy at EZ Grow Farms for the last pandemic year. And yet, pre-laid plans to expand the footprint of the strawberry plant propagation greenhouse has come to fruition near Langton, Ontario. Dusty Zamecnik is riding a revolution that’s taken the Ontario greenhouse strawberry industry from 50 to 120 acres in the last two years. 

Supply chain hotspots need a shot in the arm

The global pandemic continues to have many local impacts, from the ballooning costs of housing temporary foreign workers during the 14-day quarantine to short supplies of wooden pallets. One spot of good news is the vaccination clinic at the Ontario Food Terminal where just under 6,900 frontline workers, agri-business staff and immediate families were vaccinated in May. This young worker is scooping up bundles of fresh rhubarb to fulfill an order at the terminal’s farmers’ market. 

Supply chains secured and reimagined

For growers Dino Mastronardi, left and son Dean Mastronardi, right, the day-to-day Leamington, ON operations for the Topline brand of English cucumbers are all-consuming. It’s the job of Dino DiLaudo, centre, to be aware of opportunities and threats in the marketplace in his role of VP, sales and marketing for Westmoreland Sales. About 25% of their cucumber crop is destined for the U.S. where the International Trade Commission is examining the impact of imported cucumbers on seasonal markets.

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Automated vision technology in development

A smart scanning system is in development to detect fruit size, colour and possible defects for the Ontario apple and tender fruit industries. The goal is to have more consistent, higher-quality fruit and less reliance on manual processes.

Koppert launches new range of insect traps

Koppert Biological Systems has expanded its Horiver sticky trap range with four new traps for monitoring and trapping pests such as leaf miners, whiteflies, thrips and other harmful insects in a wide variety of crops. 

Biobest invests $10 million in ecoation

Biobest, active in biocontrol and pollination, is deepening its relationship with ecoation, a pioneer in robotics and artificial intelligence technologies for horticulture. 

The Certhon Harvest Robot makes debut in Netherlands

Based in the Netherlands, Certhon and its Japanese partner DENSO, are launching the Certhon Harvest Robot. This multifunctional robot can detect, cut and transport greenhouse-grown tomatoes to boxes without human help. 

South Essex Fabricating partners with Robovision

Based in Leamington, Ontario, South Essex Fabricating has signed a partnership agreement with Robovision for the research and development of deep-learning software and enhanced AI robotics for the agriculture industry.

RELATED NEWS

Fresh or processed, vegetables are under pressure

This truck load of freshly cut celery is destined for a food processing plant near Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Holland Marsh grower Tim Horlings says that the eight-hour haul from Newmarket Ontario to the U.S. is the last stage of six months of tender care from seedling to soup. 

Farm moms always work from home

Amanda Dooney, farm manager for Suncrest Orchards, shares the challenges of a pandemic year and how she’s making life better for Jamaican temporary foreign workers thinning apples near Simcoe, Ontario. She’s promised new bunkhouse quarters in time for harvest 2021.  

Riding the berry revolution

Nothing has been easy at EZ Grow Farms for the last pandemic year. And yet, pre-laid plans to expand the footprint of the strawberry plant propagation greenhouse has come to fruition near Langton, Ontario. Dusty Zamecnik is riding a revolution that’s taken the Ontario greenhouse strawberry industry from 50 to 120 acres in the last two years. 

Supply chain hotspots need a shot in the arm

The global pandemic continues to have many local impacts, from the ballooning costs of housing temporary foreign workers during the 14-day quarantine to short supplies of wooden pallets. One spot of good news is the vaccination clinic at the Ontario Food Terminal where just under 6,900 frontline workers, agri-business staff and immediate families were vaccinated in May. This young worker is scooping up bundles of fresh rhubarb to fulfill an order at the terminal’s farmers’ market. 

Supply chains secured and reimagined

For growers Dino Mastronardi, left and son Dean Mastronardi, right, the day-to-day Leamington, ON operations for the Topline brand of English cucumbers are all-consuming. It’s the job of Dino DiLaudo, centre, to be aware of opportunities and threats in the marketplace in his role of VP, sales and marketing for Westmoreland Sales. About 25% of their cucumber crop is destined for the U.S. where the International Trade Commission is examining the impact of imported cucumbers on seasonal markets.

RELATED NEWS

Fresh or processed, vegetables are under pressure

This truck load of freshly cut celery is destined for a food processing plant near Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Holland Marsh grower Tim Horlings says that the eight-hour haul from Newmarket Ontario to the U.S. is the last stage of six months of tender care from seedling to soup. 

Farm moms always work from home

Amanda Dooney, farm manager for Suncrest Orchards, shares the challenges of a pandemic year and how she’s making life better for Jamaican temporary foreign workers thinning apples near Simcoe, Ontario. She’s promised new bunkhouse quarters in time for harvest 2021.  

Riding the berry revolution

Nothing has been easy at EZ Grow Farms for the last pandemic year. And yet, pre-laid plans to expand the footprint of the strawberry plant propagation greenhouse has come to fruition near Langton, Ontario. Dusty Zamecnik is riding a revolution that’s taken the Ontario greenhouse strawberry industry from 50 to 120 acres in the last two years. 

Supply chain hotspots need a shot in the arm

The global pandemic continues to have many local impacts, from the ballooning costs of housing temporary foreign workers during the 14-day quarantine to short supplies of wooden pallets. One spot of good news is the vaccination clinic at the Ontario Food Terminal where just under 6,900 frontline workers, agri-business staff and immediate families were vaccinated in May. This young worker is scooping up bundles of fresh rhubarb to fulfill an order at the terminal’s farmers’ market. 

Supply chains secured and reimagined

For growers Dino Mastronardi, left and son Dean Mastronardi, right, the day-to-day Leamington, ON operations for the Topline brand of English cucumbers are all-consuming. It’s the job of Dino DiLaudo, centre, to be aware of opportunities and threats in the marketplace in his role of VP, sales and marketing for Westmoreland Sales. About 25% of their cucumber crop is destined for the U.S. where the International Trade Commission is examining the impact of imported cucumbers on seasonal markets.

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  • Deena Clarke, CFO and Jodi Johnson, marketing and communications
    Peak of the Market adds to executive team

    Winnipeg-based Peak of the Market appoints Deena Clarke as chief financial officer. And broadens the executive team with Jodi Johnson in the newly created position of marketing and communications.

  • UPGC general manager retires

    A veteran of Canada’s potato industry, Kevin MacIsaac, plans to retire this fall after a decade as general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada. His diversified career spans 42 years as an extension agronomist, farmer, industry organizer and articulate advocate for agriculture. 

  • Greg Morrow named Nova Scotia ag minister

    Long-time radio news director, Greg Morrow, is the new agriculture minister for Nova Scotia.  

  • Mucci Farms hires grocery veteran

    Dan Branson starts a new role as senior director, business and product development on August 16, 2021. He’s had a 15-year run with Canada’s largest grocer, Loblaw Companies, earning him a reputation as a thought leader on large global initiatives. 

Recent News

Most paper packaging in Canada is made from recycled content

Less than half of one per cent of Canadian commercial forests are harvested for paper-based packaging. That’s a fact released by the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council during National Forest Week, September 19-25, 2021. 

Cleanfarms pick up in BC interior

Cleanfarms is holding one-day events throughout British Columbia’s interior to pick up unwanted agricultural pesticides. Check the schedule for the location nearest you from September 27 to October 21. The service will not return to this area again until 2024. 

$2.5 million available to bring research ideas to market

The Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative is calling for applications that would support knowledge transfer, research synthesis or commercialization. All applications must align with research priorities, one of which is productive land capacity.  

Railway deal links Mexico-US-Canada

The recent merger between Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern means there is now a single-line, competitive option for domestic intermodal shipments between Mexico, the U.S. Midwest, and Canada. Rail can now compete with trucks for time-sensitive shipments in high-value perishables.

Greenbelt Foundation renews support for Ontario Tender Fruit Growers

More than $280,000 in grant money will support future planting of 75,000 tender fruit trees and 10,000 grapevines across the Niagara region.  It’s one of two specialty crop areas protected by Ontario’s Greenbelt.  

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