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January 22, 2020

CPMA launches online tool to help manage waste

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association has launched an online resource to help their members manage their waste, from food waste to lost efficiency in packaging, more efficiently.

Ontario invests in accelerator program to grow agri-food sector

Ontario Agri-Food Technologies will receive up to $100,000 in cost-share funding to design and launch a pilot project called the Commercial Deal Accelerator.

Survey released on trade offs between on-farm food safety and conservation practices

A group of U.S. researchers is working on a project to understand and model trade-offs between food safety and conservation practices used on fresh produce farms.
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Fruit Packing

Fruit packing: then and now

Fruit and vegetable sorting and packing have come a long way from when human eyes and hands first started pulling culls and loading boxes many decades ago. From today’s perspective, the earliest dip tanks, the conveyor belts lined by dozens of sorters, all seem quaint and old fashioned. Here is a fascinating “then-and-now” snapshot of peach packing through the generations. » Read more...

Research digs into using drones for fruit trees

Olga Walsh, a researcher at the University of Idaho, is researching the use of drones for fruit trees. Drones can be used to take inventory of tree height and canopy volume, monitor tree health, estimate fruit production, and even create promotional videos of an orchard. » Read more...

Guelph Organic Conference

Jan. 23-26
Location: Guelph, Ont.
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Manitoba Potato Production Days

Jan. 28-30
Location: Brandon, Man.
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Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

Feb. 19-20
Location: Niagara Falls, Ont.
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