Archive for May 2019

Meet the International Workers: Felena Pereira

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Felena’s a single mom from Trinidad and Tobago, with a son and daughter aged 13 and 10. Back home, she lives with her mom, with her siblings close by. Everyone depends on her and the salary she makes as an international farm worker. She calls it her “bread and butter”. At first, she wasn’t able…

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Protecting Our Wine from Pests

The Canadian wine industry contributes $9 billion each year to the Canadian economy through its impact on agriculture and tourism. During the past 25 years, this sector has grown significantly with no small help from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). AAFC science teams have studied ways to protect grapes from insect damage – examining both…

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Guest Post: The case for the Canadian agriculture industry to proactively engage in pesticide resistance management

The Ontario Pest Management Conference (OPMC) Steering Committee commissioned this White Paper as a call to action, to stimulate focused dialogue and set in motion a compelling strategy to proactively engage Canadian agriculture stakeholders in pesticide resistance management (RM). Its intention is to set out a coherent approach to align Canadian agriculture stakeholders in RM engagement. It…

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Canadian produce industry hosts successful Farm to Plate meetings with Parliamentarians

(French to follow) On May 7, 2019 industry leaders representing the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) met with parliamentarians and their staff in Ottawa to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector, in particular: crop protection, financial protection for the fruit and vegetable industry, and…

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Meet the International Workers: Shervan Lumsden

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Shervin, a Jamaican native, has been coming to Canada since 2009. He and others like him make the long trip to prune, manage and harvest Canadian fruit and vegetable crops for Canadian farmers. He says this opportunity is a life-changer for a lot of people and he means every word of it. “With this job,…

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