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Migrant workers clean fields in California’s Salinas Valley on March 30, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Canadian, U.S. farms face crop losses on foreign worker delays

Winnipeg/Chicago | Reuters — Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country’s fruit and vegetable output this year, and travel problems related to the pandemic could also leave U.S. farmers with fewer workers than usual. Foreign labour is critical to farm production in both countries, where domestic workers shun the

File photo of apple picking in a Quebec orchard. (Noah Burger/iStock/Getty Images)

EU to ban Bayer’s Calypso insecticide

Brussels | Reuters — European Union governments on Tuesday widened the EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides after deciding not to renew their approval for Bayer’s thiacloprid. Farmers will not be allowed to use the neonic insecticide, sold under the brands Calypso and Biscaya, after April 30, 2020, when its current approval expires. A majority of


Manitoba Flavours: Discover your favourite apple

Manitoba Flavours: Discover your favourite apple

From local choices to commercial favourites, plus an Apple and Cranberry Cobbler recipe

If I had to choose a favourite fruit, I wouldn’t hesitate to say apples. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t enjoy an apple in one form or another. But if I had to choose a favourite type of apple, I’d have a much harder time selecting just one. I love that apples come

Manitoba Flavours: Baked Apple and Bacon Pancake

Manitoba Flavours: Baked Apple and Bacon Pancake

Plus, Lentil Cakes with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Baked Apple and Bacon Pancake Ingredients 4 tart apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1/3 c. (80 ml) dark brown sugar 1 tsp. (5 ml) ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. (2 ml) ground nutmeg 2 tbsp. (30 ml) butter 6 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked, drained and torn into small pieces 3 large eggs 1 c.

File photo of fresh cherries from a roadside fruit stand at Penticton, B.C. (Amy Mitchell/iStock/Getty Images)

EU set to halt imports of Canadian cherries, other fruits

Ottawa | Reuters — The European Union will halt imports of Canadian cherries and other fresh fruits starting Sept. 1 as it enforces new import requirements related to pests, according to a Canadian government document sent to industry on Thursday. In the notice, which was seen by Reuters, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the



(Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Neonic-treated canola not an ‘unacceptable risk’ for pollinators

Already facing federally mandated phase-outs from many major on-farm uses in Canada over risks to aquatic insects, neonicotinoids aren’t expected to pose “unacceptable risks” to pollinators when used on canola seed or hothouse vegetables in the meantime. Health Canada said as much Thursday as it released its final re-evaluation decisions for three neonic pesticides —

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland attends a news conference on media freedom as part of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Dinard, France on April 5, 2019. (File photo: Reuters/Stephane Mahe)

Canada looks at fresh tariffs on U.S. goods

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada is looking at ways to boost the effectiveness of its retaliatory tariffs against the United States, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday, but did not address remarks by a senior official who revealed what Ottawa might do. Canada imposed tariffs on $16.6 billion worth of U.S. exports in May



Boxes of apples are stored in a refrigerator.

Storing apples for winter

There’s something really satisfying about eating a crisp homegrown apple while gazing out at the snow

Storing apples for winter use is relatively easy, but having the appropriate space is vital. I have a refrigerator in the garage that is used almost exclusively for vegetable/fruit storage. In the summer it becomes a flower cooler as I store flowers in preparation for upcoming flower shows. A cold room works well but the