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Officials respond to P.E.I. potato trade disruption

The recent confirmation of potato wart in two P.E.I. fields resulted in the CFIA suspending seed potato exports to the U.S. The U.S. threatened to close their borders to fresh potato shipments, too.

Vineland Innovation Report highlights variety development

The report includes information and updates on some of the research projects conducted at Vineland and in collaboration with AAFC, OMAFRA, and Louisiana State University.

Monitoring for spotted lanternfly in Ontario

First detected in Pennsylvania in 2014, the spotted lanternfly’s ability to travel attached to vehicles has Canadian pest experts concerned it will show up north of the border.

Canada pauses proposed MRL increases until spring 2022

The Government of Canada is putting a pause on proposed increases to Maximum Residue Limits, including for glyphosate. As a result, there will be no increases to MRLs until at least spring 2022.

New ag minister named in Ontario cabinet shuffle

Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford County, is no longer the minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. Lisa Thompson, former minister of consumer and government services, will replace him in the role.
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Seeds of opportunity: Saskatoon berry

Saskatoon berries have always been a classic of the Prairie summer season. But within a generation, U-Pick operations and farms producing Saskatoon berry-based restaurant ingredients have exploded in popularity, and some growers are beginning to eye the international market as the berry becomes more widely appreciated for its hardiness, nutritional value and unique taste. » Read more...

High-tech cucumber harvesting

Cucumbers are big business for Canada as the world’s fourth largest exporter of the fruit. But labour shortages have kept – and will continue to keep – production from reaching its full potential. A group at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario is working to create a robot capable of harvesting greenhouse cucumbers to help solve the labour challenge. » Read more...

How CSA farmers are coping with climate change

For Canadian CSA farmers like Teri Jenkins of Brown Sugar Produce, unpredictable weather events that were once an intermittent occurrence are now an ever-present threat. As weather events become increasingly intense and frequent, farmers face a host of challenges as they work to serve their local communities. » Read more...

Growing Horticulture: A virtual roundtable discussion

Just as there’s no silver bullet for any issues in agriculture, solutions to the labour shortage are far from simple. But change has to start somewhere, so Greenhouse Canada and Fruit & Vegetable hosted a panel discussion to break down the challenges, successes and trends in labour attraction and retention observed by a panel of growers, educators and industry representatives. » Learn more...

Top 4 Under 40

Canada’s agriculture industry has changed in myriad ways over the last few decades, with automation and increasing efficiencies forcing farms to change the way they work. There have been and will continue to be many challenges for the next generation but, as demonstrated by the nominees and winners of Fruit & Vegetable’s inaugural Top 4 Under 40 contest, the future is bright. » Read more...