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March 3, 2017, London, Ont – Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, has appointed Elmer Buchanan, a farmer and former provincial ag minister, as trustee of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers’ (OPVG) board. “I have been closely monitoring the 2017 contract negotiations between Ontario's tomato growers…
January 13, 2017, Toronto, Ont – Former Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) chair Brenda Lammens has been named the 2017 recipient of the organization’s Industry Award of Merit.
December 16, 2016, Ottawa, Ont – The annual general meeting of CanAgPlus, the corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP Program, was held Dec. 8, 2016, in Ottawa.Members considered a number of resolutions submitted by the membership. One resolution was referred to the board of directors for further discussion and…
Farm Credit Canada, the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival are pleased to announce that Jamie Quai of Quai du Vin Estate Winery in St. Thomas, Ont., is the 2016 Grape King.
September 12, 2016, Guelph, Ont – Ontario’s two berry grower organizations are proposing to join forces and create one new organization. The Ontario Berry Growers’ Association and the Ontario Highbush Blueberry Growers’ Association have received agreement from the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (OFPMC) for conducting an expression of opinion…
June 22, 2016, Ottawa, Ont – CanadaGAP is now accepting nominations for candidates to serve on the board of directors for CanAgPlus, the corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP program. CanAgPlus relies on volunteer leaders to guide decision making and oversee management of CanadaGAP. Participation on the board of…
February 1, 2016, Kelowna, BC – After being re-elected as president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, Fred Steele is not missing a beat in getting to work for the local agriculture industry. Steele plans to continue his work with the BCFGA, pushing for an agriculture replant program among other…
February 1, 2016, Kelowna, BC – The B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association doesn’t want to see the genetically modified Arctic apple on grocery store shelves in Canada. The group passed a resolution at its annual general meeting in Kelowna to ask the Canadian government to de-register the product. READ MORE
December 15, 2015, Ottawa, Ont – CanAgPlus, the corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP program, held its annual general meeting recently, electing four new directors to the CanAgPlus board. New directors include: Keith Kuhl, Peak of the Market  Stephanie Lariviere, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Dean Thomson, Thomson Orchards Scott…
July 28, 2015, Calgary, Alta – Peter Smolarz, fine wine director at Calgary’s Willow Park Wines & Spirits, has been selected to compete at the upcoming La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition to be held in Adelaide, Australia on September 25, 2015. Smolarz currently manages Willow Park’s Bordeaux…
July 27, 2015, Ottawa, Ont – The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) applaud the commitment made recently by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair to introduce payment protection for produce farmers and sellers, similar to the trust protection offered by the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)…
April 24, 2015, Alberton, PEI – Cascumpec seed potato grower Jason Rayner is biding his time before moving equipment outdoors to start grading seed stock for customers. “It is still too muddy and still really too cold, and the snow is going to really control the temperature, too,” Rayner commented.…
March 31, 2015, Guelph Ont – The Agri-food Management Institute (AMI), a promoter of best agribusiness management practices for agri-food and agri-based producers and processors in Ontario, recently introduced Arnie Strub, as its new executive director. Strub comes from extensive experience in business management, marketing and outreach, and the agricultural…
  Through no fault of farmers, the selection of Ontario garlic on store shelves in the province shriveled up during the 1990s. Imported garlic became the market norm mostly because it was less expensive. But, as has been the case with other fresh and local homegrown bounty, more people are…
January 29, 2015 - The Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Task Force (LTF) has elected Mark Wales as its new Chairperson and is moving forward with the recommendations of its Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Action Plan to address agricultural industry worker shortages. “It is my pleasure to chair the Labor Task…

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