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Ontario producers now can be insured against crop losses due to labour shortages

Ontario farmers with production insurance who suffer crop losses due to insufficient labour or COVID-19 outbreaks will have access to further insurance coverage through AgriCorp.

New wine producing region recognized on Vancouver Island

The Cowichan Valley is being recognized as a new sub-geographical indication, an official term under B.C. law used to help consumers identify B.C. wines’ origins.

Scientists identify new pathogen in NY apples

In a study of New York state apple orchards, Cornell University plant pathologists have identified a new fungal pathogen that causes bitter rot disease in apples.
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Macfrut Digital 2020 – the world of fruit and vegetable just a click away

Macfrut, which normally takes place in Rimini, Italy, is one of the world’s largest event for the fruit and vegetable industry: 8 halls of products, materials and technology, 1,000 exhibitors, 43,500 visitors.

This year, as a result of the global health emergency the 37th edition of Macfrut will be ONLINE.  Macfrut Digital 2020 is an innovative platform, where industry professionals, buyers and exhibitors will be able to interact, schedule meetings, host product and technology demos, attend seminars and presentations virtually through a PC, tablet or smartphone. 

For more information on the event please visit

To get a complimentary registration to Macfrut Digital 2020 fill out the online form available here

U-Pick farms in B.C. pivot in response to COVID-19

Klaassen Farms is one of the U-Picks in B.C. finding new ways to adapt their operations for the current season and beyond. The farm is currently working with Fine Field Netherlands to distribute picking machines next summer that reduce the manual labour required during berry harvest. » Read more...
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A berry WILD success with blueberries

Owner Trevor Laing shares the trial and error that came with building - and taming - a wild blueberry farm in Northern Ontario. Since then, Algoma Highlands Wild Blueberry Farm and Winery has grown to sell fresh and frozen wild blueberries and an assortment of niche products like barbecue sauce, blueberry syrup and wild blueberry wine. » Read more...
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Modified Atmosphere Packaging for Fresh-Cut Fruits and Vegetables

Modified Atmosphere Packaging for Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetables provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of modern MAP technologies for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Coverage begins with the general MAP concept and application by introducing the concept of MAP, how MAP works for fresh-cut produce and the benefits and shortfalls of MAP in its application. The book then discusses the basic aspects of MAP – packaging materials and machinery. Coverage of this important aspect is included in the book since fresh-cut manufacturers spend much more time in the day-to-day operations on packaging machinery and systems as compared to packaging film materials. In the final section, Modified Atmosphere Packaging for Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetables highlights the latest developments in the packaging industry and how they could impact the fresh-cut industry. Learn more
Virtual Events 

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

Manitoba Horticulture School Webinar Series

Another session of the horticulture school series will take place on July 23 at 1:30 CDT. » 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