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Meet the International Workers: Joseph Hackett


When Joseph Hackett first came to Canada as an international farm worker in 2004, he only intended it as a one-time job. But owner Charles Stevens and his family at Wilmot Orchards made him feel so much at home that he has been coming back every year since. In fact, it’s the family atmosphere he…

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Virus Threat – Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV)

There is a new virus threat that has brought concerns to tomato and pepper growers in Canada. The Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) was first detected in 2014 and since then, more recent detections have occurred in Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, and the United States (California). Information on the virus is…

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Restriction of Neonicotinoid Uses to Take Effect in 2021

Late last week, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), a division of Health Canada, released its final decisions on the pollinator re-evaluations of three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin (Clutch), imidacloprid (Admire), and thiamethoxam (Cruiser, Actara). Health Canada determined that the continued registration of imidacloprid, clothianidin, or thiamethoxam products are acceptable; however, certain uses have been cancelled…

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Meet the International Workers: Gary Dickson

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Meet Gary Dickson. He’s originally from Trinidad and Tobago. 21 years ago, Marshall Schuyler, from Norfolk County, ON, recruited him to work on his farm. The opportunity changed his life. With the money he made as an international farm worker, Gary put his two kids through school. Those kids are now grown up and have…

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