Ontario growers have shown that they can adapt and compete in the province’s processing tomato sector.

Editorial: Convoluted solution is no solution

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tomato growers and processors need a clear solution to the marketing purgatory into which they’ve been plunged over the past couple of years. However, the province’s recent proposals fail to provide the needed stability. I’ve written numerous similar pieces over the past couple of years as the province tries to break the collective bargaining power […] Read more

Pushing back against pot

The rapid expansion of cannabis production in rural areas has prompted residents, farmers and municipalities to call for a slowdown in growth

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ontario’s rapidly growing cannabis production sector is facing a backlash after the addition of many new growing facilities has resulted in interim control bylaws from municipalities and the formation of local protest groups unhappy with smell and traffic. Why it matters: Cannabis production in Canada has grown quickly since legalization a year ago last October. […] Read more

Marie-Claude Bibeau speaks to reporters in Winnipeg in this March 2019 file photo.

Bibeau working to build cases on AgriStability, carbon taxes

Not all governments have same ability to find money to increase BRM funding, she says

Reading Time: 4 minutes Canada’s minister of agriculture and agri-food says she is working on building business cases for improvements to AgriStability and relief from carbon taxes on grain drying. Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke to Farmtario in a year-end interview before Christmas. Why it matters: There are several significant issues being dealt with by Bibeau and the outcomes will have […] Read more

Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers has historically negotiated vegetable pricing on behalf of producers, but this will no longer continue for carrots and tomatoes.

OPVG calls new marketing regulations a ‘sham’

The organization says the changes will put give more power to processors

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) calls new marketing regulations proposed for tomato and carrot growers a “sham process” that will put the balance of power in the hands of processors. The organization released a statement Dec. 18, the first comments made since Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs announced the […] Read more

Darci Vetter says American policy is harsh on farmers there.

American trade policy remaking world economy

Many parts of it will be detrimental to American trade over the long term, says former negotiator

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are several ways the United States is losing by focusing on a nationalist trade agenda and balancing trade in every way, says a former U.S. chief agriculture trade negotiator. Darci Vetter, who is now vice chair, Agriculture, Food and Trade with Edelman, told the recent Arrell Food Summit that that’s borne out in the […] Read more


“They are already committing an offence by coming over the fence.”

The fine line between protest and provocation

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario Provincial Police says it has farmers’ backs when it comes to trespassing, but the right to peaceful protest also has its place. “You have the right to peaceful protest. That’s part of our key message: We live in a country with freedom of expression,” says Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, of the OPP. However, once […] Read more

David McInnes, left, talked about barriers to building a Canada brand with Tiffany Stephenson, Deborah Wilson and Michael Graydon at the recent Arrell Food Summit in Toronto.

Building the Canada brand

Better information, more diverse opinions and more flexible policy are key to gaining global advantage: report

Reading Time: 4 minutes There are three critical priorities for Canada to achieve a national food brand that’s built on food safety, trust and sustainability, says Canada 2020. The think tank recently released the results of a process that involved talking to 600 agriculture sector stakeholders about what was needed, said David McInnes, a senior fellow with Canada 2020. […] Read more

For agriculture to become a future pillar in Canada’s economy, it will be essential that the sector evolves in the area of labour.

Editorial: Watching for the next great leap in agriculture

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agriculture has been the productivity star of the Canadian economy for the past 50 years, says John Stackhouse of the Royal Bank. But he also says that predictable productivity improvement seen almost every year is flagging and he’s not sure why. He told the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s annual meeting that for agriculture to become […] Read more


The Jan. 7-8 conference will include 44 different sessions on a range of topics from cereals to soybeans.

How to make the most of the Southwest Ag Conference next month

Here are some session suggestions that may bump up your SWAC experience

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Southwest Ag Conference continues to be the leading crops-focused conference in the province, drawing farmers from across Ontario, but also, increasingly being viewed remotely online. The conference, which takes place at Ridgetown College, University of Guelph, Jan. 7 and 8, 2020 will be home to 44 different sessions sprinkled over the two days. Farmtario […] Read more

Processing tomato and carrot growers will have the option to negotiate directly with processors.

Direct negotiations coming to processing tomatoes and carrots

Growers can also vote to negotiate as a group by secret ballot with individual processors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario is opening up the processing tomato and carrot market to direct negotiations with processors, but is also leaving open the possibility of collective negotiation with individual processors. Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs released a letter Dec. 11 informing growers of the decision. Why it matters: The decision will reduce […] Read more