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December 3, 2014
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B.C. tree fruit sector to benefit with replant program

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Developing made-in-Ontario sweet potatoes

The sweet potato craze is one of the latest food trends to sweep our nation. Canadian demand for the healthy tuber has sky rocketed, reaching heights that far outstrip Ontario’s small, locally grown supply. Researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are working hard to change that by developing new sweet potato varieties specifically suited for Ontario’s climate and crop conditions.

About 1,500 acres are currently being grown in southern Ontario – mostly in the Simcoe area of Norfolk County – and most farmers are using a variety called Covington, which was developed in North Carolina. >> Learn More…

 
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Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market Expo

December 9-11, 2014
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Ontario Processing Vegetable Industry Conference

January 20-21, 2015
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Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Convention

January 27-28, 2015
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Pacific Agriculture Show

January 29-31, 2015
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Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention

February 18-19, 2015
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