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How COVID-19 is changing and influencing the way people are buying food

Consumer trends are emerging out of the pandemic like shifting to value-based products and essentials, decreasing brand loyalty, and shopping online and using omnichannels – creating a single customer experience across the brand.

North Carolina launches big data for better sweet potatoes

An interdisciplinary team of researchers across the U.S.’s leading sweet potato producing state are partnering for a three-year project that will use artificial intelligence to make sweet potatoes even more profitable.

Sakata Seed America announces formation of Controlled Environment Agriculture department

The newly formed department will focus on developing varieties for indoor agriculture, which includes traditional greenhouse production as well as specialized vertical farming.
SPonsored Spotlight 

Backyard Bounty

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Soil microbiome can improve carrot resistance to deadly fungus

The fungus Alternaria dauci is one of the most damaging pathogens in carrots, killing leaves above the ground and sometimes rotting the vegetables growing in the soil. Purdue University researchers explored the ways soil management practices and emerging carrot varieties play a role in minimizing the disease’s strength. » Read more...
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New Brunswick ag groups oppose glyphosate ban plan

Agricultural groups in New Brunswick are opposing plans by the province’s Liberal, Green and People’s Alliance parties to ban the use of glyphosate on public land. Bleuets NB Blueberries said the proposed ban “will greatly harm the wild blueberry industry,” which uses 24,000 acres of Crown land for its production. » Read more...
Virtual Events 

Grower Day

Check out what you missed from Grower Day 2020 by watching the live panels, available online now. » Learn more

Manitoba Horticulture School Webinar Series

A session focusing on nutrient removal and soil sampling will take place on September 10 at 1:30 CDT. » Learn more

Arrell Food Summit 2020

The Summit is going digital in 2020 as an online event from Nov. 18 to 20, 2020. » Learn more