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New invasive insect pest on Canada’s doorstep

Ontario and Quebec producers should be on the lookout for the spotted lanternfly, a voracious sap-feeding insect that attacks various crops, landscape ornamentals and hardwood trees.

Potato wart found in PEI, shuttering potato seed shipments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently confirmed the presence of potato wart in two fields on a farm in Prince Edward Island. As a result, the United States has closed its borders to PEI potato seed shipments.

Ontario Made program looks to support Ontario producers

The Ontario Made program was launched by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters in July 2020 in response to the COVID-19-related challenges faced by Ontario’s manufacturing and production sectors.
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We got an influx of CSA subscribers, now what?

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people scrambled to get their hands on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. While some growers opted to stick to a predetermined plan, others elected to take on more subscribers. How can farmers handle growing interest? The solution involves implementing customer retention strategies, including a dose of exceptional customer service. » Read more...
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Cover cropping for no-till broccoli?

As part of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) virtual conference, several sessions covered farmer-led research projects. One such project examined the realities of no-till fall broccoli production in northern Ontario. Ryan Spence and Isabelle Spence-Legault of Field Good Farms/J’me Champ Bien tested the potential benefits of crimping a cover crop of rye and hairy vetch. » Read more...
Virtual Events 

Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture Summit

Check out what you missed during the leadership, communication, and balance live panels – watch the recordings of the IWCA Summit panels now! » Learn more