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February 11, 2015
FEATURED NEWS: A new “Gem” of a pear released
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Ancaster producer inducted Ontario ag hall of fame

The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association will induct seven leaders into the Hall of Fame Gallery at Country Heritage Park in Milton on June 14, 2015. Among those will be Peter Martin Lindley, a fruit and vegetable producer from Ancaster, Ont. >> Read full article

Ag Labour Task Force elects new Chair

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. >> Read full article

New export requirements for PEI potatoes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has negotiated an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) to prevent the spread of potato wart and maintain market access for Canadian potato growers. >> Read full article

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    A new “Gem” of a pear released

    A new pear cultivar, Gem, was recently released jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Oregon State University, Michigan State University and Clemson University. Gem is ideal for the fresh market, combining high yields with excellent appearance, fruit quality and long storage potential. The new cultivar is resistant to fire blight and isn't prone to superficial scald that affects some pear varieties.

    Horticulturist Richard Bell, at the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, and his colleagues describe Gem in the March 2014 issue of HortScience. >> Learn More…

     
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    Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention

    February 18-19, 2015
    Location: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, ON >> More Info

    Western Farm Show

    March 4-6, 2015
    Location: Progress Building, Canada Building, West & East Annex & Agriplex, Western Fair District, London, ON >> More Info

    Ottawa Valley Farm Show

    March 10-12, 2015
    Location: Ernst and Young Centre, Ottawa, ON >> More Info