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Local health unit orders self-isolation for all workers on one farm

Employees at an agricultural farm in Essex County are being prohibited from working and required to isolate after 191 new cases of COVID-19 were found there over the weekend.

New safety measures coming for B.C. seasonal domestic fruit pickers

The B.C. government announced more funding for campsites and a mandatory COVID-19 awareness course for seasonal domestic fruit pickers.

OMAFRA: Apple pest update

Kristy Grigg-McGuffin, horticulture IPM specialist with OMAFRA, breaks down what summer diseases to look out for and provides resources for management.
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Featured Articles 

FAQ: Navigating COVID-19 outbreaks on Ontario farms

What are the responsibilities of an employer and employee if someone tests positive for COVID-19? This article breaks down the situation in Ontario, answers some frequently asked questions, and links resources for more information. Fruit and Vegetable translated the FAQs in Spanish to minimize language barriers and so it can be used as a pass-along resource for farm employers. » Read more...
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Ontario calls on federal government for increased support

The Ontario provincial government, alongside several agriculture industry groups, have called on the Canadian federal government for additional support as the province’s agriculture sector faces COVID-19 outbreaks. The letter asks to allow the use of federal quarantine facilities, increased in-person inspections of farm housing, and more education for workers around COVID-19 precautions and income supports. » Read more...
Virtual Events 

Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchards Roundtable

An online roundtable on July 7 sharing guidelines for managing a pick-your-own orchard in 2020. » Learn more

High Tech Precision Orchard Spraying webinar

On July 20, Cornell Cooperative Extension will be hosting a webinar to learn what’s new in orchard precision spraying technology. » Learn more

Viticulture Field Week

Michigan State University is hosting a week of webinars from 12-1 p.m. EST during July 27-31, 2020. » Learn more