Profiles
March 25, 2014 – Over the past few weeks, the Ag-Info Centre has experienced an increase in the number of calls it receives about ginseng production. This is not the first time that this root crop has come up high on the information request list so let’s look at what…
The weather has traditionally always been a troublesome and challenging aspect in farming. It was a couple of years ago that the particular weather challenges – the heat and drought of 2012 – became a turning point at J&S Judge Farms in Norfolk County, Ont. It was at that point…
An Alberta couple believes that edible foods gathered from the forest – particularly berries and mushrooms – is going to be the next big consumer trend. An investor from the CBC television show Dragon’s Den, Arlene Dickinson, agrees, and has stepped up with $65,000 to become a business partner in…
The path to organic vegetable farming for Robin Turner was a happy accident. After spending his twenties traveling in Asia and teaching English, he had returned to Canada to study environmental science. “We had to take some agriculture courses as part of the degree, and it really opened my eyes…
To say that the Geissbergers were busy during the fall of 2013 with their mobile cider mill is a bit of an understatement. “We did a little bit of pressing in the fall of 2012 when we first got the mill and a bit last spring for ourselves, but things…
John Griffin, president and general manager of WP Griffin Inc. – a family owned and operated potato farming and packing business located in Elmsdale, P.E.I. – is keen on fresh. “I’m very positive about the future of the potato industry here on Prince Edward Island and across North America,” he…
Whatever the outdoor crop, the first hard frost is an important date on any farm calendar. That’s especially true for grape growers whose harvest, excluding icewine, is particularly susceptible to cold damage.   But while other growers race to harvest before that date, reigning Ontario Grape King Wes Wiens waits…
October 7, 2013, Toronto, Ont – Premier Kathleen Wynne recently recognized excellence in agri-food innovation and challenged the sector to double its growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs in Ontario by 2020.She issued the challenge as part of a keynote speech at the Premier’s Summit on Agri-Food Innovation at…
September 16, 2013 – Last year’s drought has given way to a potential bumper crop of apples across Ontario.Farmers said trees have a natural way to help themselves recover from bad weather, as happened last summer when some lost as much as 80 per cent of their crops. READ MORE
August 21, 2013, Rougemont, Que – Apple orchard owners in Rougemont, Que., made an infuriating discovery when they realized an entire field of young apple trees had been stolen Friday night.“The people who did this are idiots. The trees won’t survive this time of year. They must be drying out…
August 13, 2013, Teeswater, Ont – The Healing Arc is currently holding an open house of its sea buckthorn orchard, located near Teeswater, Ont.The open house – which features orchard tours, harvesting demonstrations, juice making, sampling and pick-your-own opportunities – runs until August 31. Various items are also available for…
April 12, 2013 – We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of our colleague, mentor and friend, Philip Somerville, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Phil was a long-standing member of the MANA Canada team, filling the roles of Quali-Pro Business Manager, Eastern Business Manager and New Product Development…
April 10, 2013, Ancaster, Ont – Phillip A. Somerville, the Eastern Canadian business manager for MANA Canada, an agricultural chemical company, passed away April 3, 2013. He was 54. Somerville was born in Hamilton, Ont., but spent his summers working on his father, Phillip E. Somerville’s, orchard near Simcoe, Ont.…
Nova Scotia berry grower Greg Webster believes that the four main factors influencing berry crop success are variety selection, field management, irrigation technology developments and pest management. Webster and his two brothers – Chris and Brian – have been involved in raspberry production in Atlantic Canada for the past 20…
Trial and error is how Kent and Cindy Thompson made their first foray into strawberry production – along with some helpful advice from a berry extension specialist. In 2008, Kent and Cindy decided to return to their rural roots, buying her parents’ farm located near Oxford, N.S. The couple decided…
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