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The Canadian trucking industry is in a perfect storm

6/11/2018
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Oppy Transport falls under the umbrella of well-known company The Oppenheimer Group. With transport offices in Calgary, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Newark and Tampa Bay, shipping and logistics issues aren’t just limited to one country. With the changes in USA legislation, increases in traffic congestion and more companies wanting to consolidate their storage, Oppy is working around these issues on a national scale. Let’s explore some of these topics further.

Duration:00:08:22

"Behind The Scenes" Jackie Rowe explains how she markets garlic scapes to retailers

5/24/2018
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Jackie and Jim Rowe are a grower-marketing duo inspiring a value-added garlic industry in Ontario. With a number of key relationships with other growers and food processors, they are methodically building a dependable supply of garlic products year-round. It starts with garlic scapes harvested in mid-June at Hensall, Ontario. This podcast goes "Behind the Scenes" with Jackie Rowe for a more in depth discussion on marketing to retailers. Read the full story at...

Duration:00:13:09

"Behind The Scenes" Sooruj Bhoolai goes from seasonal farm worker to farm owner

4/23/2018
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Trinidadian Sooruj Bhoolai came to Canada in 1992 as a seasonal agricultural worker. Now that he’s the owner of the celery farm near Bradford, Ontario, he faces new hurdles with a 28 per cent increase in the minimum wage. He shares his tips on teamwork.

Duration:00:08:19

"Behind The Scenes" Danny Mucci talks about greenhouse-grown strawberries

3/29/2018
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Canada’s greenhouse vegetable industry is undergoing massive change this year. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers have been standard fare for many years, but now there are new crops under the lights. Mucci Farms in Kingsville, Ontario is one of the operators who has invested in strawberries. In a very short time, they have become the largest indoor grower in North America. Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower, goes behind the scenes of the April 2018 cover story to talk to Danny Mucci,...

Duration:00:07:34

Jason Deveau offers tips for spray season

3/9/2018
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Jason Deveau, OMAFRA application technology specialist, reveals the motivation for a new video, Micron Woman. It’s the best educational tool yet to see how a droplet of pesticide behaves once it leaves the spray nozzle.

Duration:00:14:07

Kyle Wynette, hops grower, discusses selling to craft brewers

2/12/2018
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Ontario’s craft beer industry is a media darling, but local growers have remained almost anonymous. Kyle Wynette is one young grower expanding a six-acre hopyard. His Tavistock Hop Company along with Upper Thames Brewing are entered into the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition to be held February 21. In this podcast we discuss production, pelleting and selling hops to craft brewers.

Duration:00:11:30

Jason Smith, B.C. blueberry grower talks about dealing with Spotted Wing Drosophila

1/17/2018
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The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its eleventh-podcast episode with guest Jason Smith, a 4th generation B.C. blueberry grower, past char of the BC Blueberry Council and current member of the crop protection advisory committee for the Canadian Horticulture Council to talk about Spotted Wing Drosophila. This podcast is proudly sponsored by Solida.

Duration:00:10:09

Episode 10 - Bill George

12/20/2017
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The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its tenth-podcast episode with guest Bill George an Ontario grape grower to discuss producing ice wine. www.thegrower.org

Duration:00:13:16

Episode 9 - "Behind the Scenes" with Sue-Ann Staff

12/20/2017
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The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its ninth-podcast episode with guest Sue-Ann Staff. Podcast host Amanda Brodhagen speaks with Sue-Anne to get a “Behind the Scenes” perspective based on our January cover story called “As the grape industry ages, future trends emerge.” This podcast series is proudly sponsored by “BASF Canada.” www.thegrower.org

Duration:00:12:44

Episode 6 - Rich Feenstra

11/9/2017
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The Grower is pleased to release its sixth podcast episode with guest Rich Feenstra, an apple grower from Beamsville, Ontario. Feenstra has been farming for about 15 years and shares his story about getting involved with the Ontario Apple Growers. He talks about the importance of getting involved at the board level and offers some advice for young growers. From there we discuss the changes that he has made on his farm in order to stay competitive, including investments like an apple...

Duration:00:15:53

Episode 5 - Shawn Brenn

10/26/2017
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This podcast focuses on on-farm potato variety trials. The Grower cought up with potato grower, Shawn Brenn of Brenn-B Farms to talk about the research trials that he is conducting along with potato researcher, Eugenia Banks.

Duration:00:25:20

Episode 4 - Kevin Howe

10/12/2017
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Kevin is part of a multi-generational farming family. In fact, he and his brothers represent the 5th generation. His family business is called Howe Family Farm Market located in Aylmer, Ontario. There they grow large acreage of strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelons, squash, pumpkins and beans. The majority of what they produce is sold to large grocery store chains. Given that Halloween is just around the corner, we will be chatting with Kevin about growing pumpkins. We will learn about his...

Duration:00:46:10

Episode 3 - Chris Veillon

9/28/2017
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The podcast covers a wide variety of topics relating to Pure Flavor’s marketing initiatives. We discuss marketing trends in greenhouse grown production, the company’s new facility being built in Georgia, as well as NAFTA re-negotiations and what elements in a new agreement are important to the greenhouse sector.

Duration:00:22:07

Episode 2 - John Thwaites

9/13/2017
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The podcast covers a wide variety of topics relating to pears, from growing pears in a high-density orchard, to different pear varieties including, the Cold Snap and Asian pear. Other topics covered will include, innovation, how the proposed minimum wage laws will affect the industry, along with advice to new or beginning farmers.

Duration:00:25:57

Episode 1 - Dusty Zamecnik

7/17/2017
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We could not have picked a better first guest. Dusty Zamecnik is a fourth-generation farmer in his 20s at EZ Grow Farms located in Frogmore, Ontario. On his family’s farm, they grow highbush blueberries as well as propagate strawberry plants for berry growers around the world. Zamecnik shares insights into the strawberry propagation process, growing and packaging blueberries, what it is like to build a greenhouse that opens up like a convertible car, and also what it takes to brew beer –...

Duration:00:40:07