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Expanded focus gives research clusters more diversity
Oct 16, 2019

Farmtario.com, October 21, 2019 issue
By Lilian Schaer

Automation, grape and wine, and small acreage field crops among new research funding added to the national research cluster program launched last year by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Vineland's Tania Humphrey discusses. Read more

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Research centre showcases apple orchard and breeding program
Sep 25, 2019

Fruit & Vegetable Magazine
By Jennifer Paige

Vineland held the What's Growin' On Research Farm Open House on Thursday, Sept. 19. The world-class research centre, which is dedicated to horticulture science and innovation, opened its doors to interested parties to showcase its apple orchard and related research projects. Read more

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Niagara region: a leader in agri-business innovation
Sep 23, 2019

Financial Post
By Ben Forrest

In an Ontario apple orchard in the not-too-distant future, a robot arm mounted on an autonomous vehicle navigates rows of fruit-bearing trees at harvest, stopping frequently to reach up, gently twist the stem and pluck the ripest offerings at exactly the right time. Vineland is working to develop this and several other automated technologies for Canada’s horticulture industry. Read more

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Perfecting the apple at Vineland
Sep 11, 2019

Niagara This Week
By Steve Henschel, Grimsby Lincoln News

Daryl Somers examines the fruits of one of 22,000 apple trees at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre farm. The centre’s ongoing efforts to breed the perfect apple will be highlighted during an annual open house Sept. 19. Read more

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New tender fruit varieties are just peachy
Sep 4, 2019

Farmtario, September 9, 2019, Volume 2, Issue 18
By Lilian Schaer

An early ripening, yellow flesh peach will be moving into first stage commercialization next year. It’s among several promising new tender fruit varieties from the University of Guelph and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada breeding programs that are emerging as potential winners in research under way at Vineland in conjunction with Ontario Tender Fruit. Read more

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Vineland's new seedless grapes to hit market in 2020 as fruit breeding programs grow
Aug 20, 2019

Freshfruitportal.com

After years of testing and development, Canada's Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is preparing to release its long-awaited seedless table grape variety next year. Read more

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CAAIN funding announcement reaction: Ian Potter - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Aug 15, 2019

Alberta Innovates, July 26, 2019

Ian Potter, President and CEO at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, explains the significance of the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network and what the future will bring after the federal funding announcement of $49.5 million on July 22, 2019. Learn more

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The next wave of plant consumers
Aug 1, 2019

Greenhouse Canada, August 2019 issue
By Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk

As new immigrants and younger generations become established, so too do their purchase interests in the floriculture sector. Vineland's Alexandra Grygorczyk explains. Read more

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Nearly $50M invested in the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network
Jul 30, 2019

Fruit & Vegetable Magazine
By Jennifer Paige

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources recently announced an investment of up to $49.5 million in the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN). Spearheaded by Alberta Innovates and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, together with Alberta’s Olds College and Lakeland College, CAAIN is expected to begin with eight partners from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. Read more

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It's taken almost a decade. But this man thinks he's perfected Ontario tomatoes
Jul 29, 2019

CBC, July 27, 2019
By Haydn Watters, CBC News

Vineland's vegetable breeder Valerio Primomo has been working on developing an Ontario tomato for nine years. The goal is to try to appeal to the tastes of people here but also be able to grow in the province's varied climate. Read more 

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