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April 25, 2016, Denver, CO – Move over, Mark Watney. On Mars, astronauts need to grow more than potatoes for food. And Heather Hava, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado, is working on it. The self-proclaimed "space gardener" has swapped out the fictional Watney for robots; potatoes for…
 Dr. Alireza Rahemi with some of the Frost grape genotypes currently being propagated at the Simcoe Research Station. Grapes (Vitis vinifera) are the most widely cultivated horticultural crops in the world and the viticulture industry is developing rapidly in Canada. Ontario has approximately 17,000 acres of vineyards, and in recent…
April 8, 2016, Kelowna, BC — A stretch of unseasonably mild weather has some Okanagan apple growers anxious about trees that are growing too fast. The apple blossom may come as soon as the third week of April, about three weeks ahead of normal. When the pink and white flowers…
March 28, 2016, Edmonton, Alta – The jump in fruit and vegetable prices isn't likely to spur major expansion of Alberta vegetable crops, but growers do expect a boost from increasing demand for produce raised close to home. Drought in parts of the U.S. and the high value of the…
March 28, 2016, Charlottetown, PEI – If the P.E.I. Watershed Alliance has its way, the province's most grown potato may eventually be a spud of the past. The provincial environment department has been hearing submissions on what a new provincial Water Act should look like. In its presentation to the…
  The water quality around Ontario’s Holland Marsh is getting better and better, in large part due to the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association Water Project (HMGA WP). The project is now in its third year and is funded by Environment Canada’s “Lake Simcoe Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund.” It aims to…
March 22, 2016, Pynn’s Brook, NL – All the makings of a homegrown wine industry are putting down roots on the island of Newfoundland. Local producers are growing thousands of grape vines and many of them are already harvesting fruit. "When people think of Newfoundland they think of rocky soil…
March 14, 2016, Craven, Sask – Shawn Hansen’s farming operation, Craven Riverside Gardens Inc., is one of the biggest for vegetable production in Saskatchewan but he says recent years haven’t been easy. That is now turning around, as store prices have caught up with production costs. According to Statistics Canada,…
Jan. 25, 2016, Ontario – Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, says farmers are being subsidized by not having to pay taxes on diesel fuel designated for field-equipment use. Dyed reddish-purple, the diesel is bought by farmers in bulk for use in farm machinery. It’s not allowed in farm trucks or other…
December 23, 2015, Grimsby, Ont — Grimsby Energy's one megawatt biodigester has passed its last major milestone. Late last month, Grimsby Energy Inc. met the milestone for commercial operation and produced its first two megawatts of renewable energy from grape pumice. Much work has taken place at the Sobie Road…
December 21, 2015 – As far as healthy foods go, berries top the list. They contain potent antioxidants, which decrease or reverse the effects of free radicals – natural byproducts of energy production that can play havoc on the body and that are closely linked with heart disease, cancer, arthritis,…
November 9, 2015, Lethbridge, Alta – The University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to continue the growth of agriculture-related programming at both post-secondary institutes. The Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Program, initially announced in June 2014, is a key aspect of the MOU, encouraging…
October 7, 2015, Edmonton, Alta – The next HortSnacks-to-Go webinar takes place at 3 p.m. MDT on October 19, 2015, and features a presentation by Dr. Chieri Kubota and Mark Kroggel from the University of Arizona on hydroponic strawberry production. “Long popular in Japan and Europe, hydroponic strawberry production has…
  September 23, 2015 - Ontario beekeepers now have access to a new production insurance plan that will help them manage financial loss from winter bee colony damage. Production insurance is part of a suite of business risk management programs designed to help farmers manage losses due to events like…
September 14, 2015, Quebec City, Que. – Quebec apple farmers are back on track after changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program threatened to put their harvest at risk. Apple farmers were saved at the last minute when Citizenship and Immigration Canada bowed to pressure from the industry and agreed…

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