THE VOICE OF ONTARIO'S FRUIT, VEGETABLE
AND GREENHOUSE PRODUCERS FOROVER 150 YEARS

Standing policy: Crop Protection

The OFVGA believes the industry must have access to crop protection materials that are competitively priced and are being used in countries that compete directly with domestic producers.

The OFVGA agrees that products harmful to the environment and to the public at large should not be registered, or be used on products in Canada, or on products imported into Canada.

The OFVGA believes that it is in the best interests of the industry, society, and the environment to have well-educated and trained producers working with pesticide application.

  • AAFC Nematologist Position (00-17)

    WHEREAS the Nematologist research position at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has remained vacant for an extended length of time creating a major service gap for Ontario horticulture producers;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA strongly lobby AAFC to have this position filled immediately. 

  • CFIA Establish More Stringent Import Protocols for Produce Entering Canada (LR2010-05)

    WHEREAS destructive invasive pests are increasingly entering Canada; and

    WHEREAS such pests pose a significant risk to crop production;

    WHEREAS the occurrence of such pests in Canada, or interception of such pests on produce exported from Canada, pose a significant risk to market access; and

    WHEREAS the loss of production or market access would devastate the sector; and

    WHEREAS the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) uses science-based PRAs as the basis for establishing import and pest management protocols; and

    WHEREAS the CFIA has responsibility for protecting Canada from such pests, and the CBSA the responsibility for inspecting products entering Canada;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the CFIA be directed to establish more stringent import protocols for produce entering Canada in order to prevent the entry of invasive pests and fully disclose the science behind such decisions as well as its definition of the various levels of risk; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CBSA be directed to increase inspections on imported produce based on the CFIA’s protocols.

  • Compensation For Invasive Species Quarantines (08-04)

    WHEREAS Minister Strahl was working with the produce industry on the establishment of a compensation framework; and

    WHEREAS the establishment of a compensation framework under the Plant Protection Act to balance asset losses when quarantine actions are taken by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), similar to that for the livestock industry, is required to facilitate timely reporting of quarantineable pests to the CFIA in order to limit the spread of pests and improve the feasibility of eradicative measures;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA work with the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) to lobby Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to ensure a compensation plan for quarantine actions is established immediately.

  • Harmonization of Availability of Crop Protection Materials with the USA (01-21)

    WHEREAS Canadian producers continue to be disadvantaged by limited access to crop protection materials compared to their counterparts in the USA; and

    WHEREAS many newer technologies are much more Integrated Pest Management-friendly; and

    WHEREAS IPM and marketing are becoming much more tied together; and

    WHEREAS progress has been made with the joint registration process between Canada and the USA in speeding up access to materials for Canadian producers;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the joint registration process be expanded to include more products; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the joint registration process be fast-tracked to maintain competitive advantage for Canadian growers.

  • Importing of Produce With Non-Registered Chemicals (01-09)

    WHEREAS the Canadian Government has either refused or has been very slow in approving the registration of much needed chemicals for use on Canadian horticultural crops; 

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Canadian government stop the importation of fruits and vegetables into this country that are sprayed with chemicals that are not registered for use in Canada.

  • Maintain IPM OMAFRA Extension Position (LR2015-07)

    WHEREAS the Ontario government has announced a reduction in the use of neonicotinoids on grains and oilseed crops in response to bee mortality and health concerns; and

    WHEREAS Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) are working on implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy for grains and oilseed farmers; and

    WHEREAS Ontario horticultural crops have been proactively using IPM strategies and programs for 30+ years; and

    WHEREAS IPM programs are an essential component of producing high quality, environmentally sustainable locally grown fruits and vegetables in Ontario’s climate; and

    WHEREAS IPM programs require continuous updating and life-long education on the part of farmers due to the ever-changing pest complex; and

    WHEREAS pest complexes are increasing and field research is necessary to discover the best control practices using the least amount of crop protection materials; and

    WHEREAS IPM programs are proven to reduce the use of crop protection materials in fruit and vegetables by using controls only when pest thresholds have been reached; and

    WHEREAS there is only one OMAFRA horticultural extension position east of Yonge Street despite the large fruit and vegetable industry located in Durham region, Prince Edward County, and the Ottawa area;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OMAFRA horticultural IPM systems specialist position be maintained upon the retirement of the current holder of that position; and

    AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that this position be located east of Toronto.

  • National Clean Plant Policy (LR2015-03)

    WHEREAS it is critical for growers of perennial fruit crops to start their plantings with clean disease free planting stock that is true to type; and

    WHEREAS the United States has instituted a National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) to provide their nurseries with clean planting stock; and

    WHEREAS Canadian nursery growers could be subject to rules developed by the US National Clean Plant Network that could limit their ability to ship plants to the United States; 

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA request that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) support such a national initiative; and

    AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OFVGA and Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) demand that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) enact a program similar to the NCPN in the U.S.

  • National Clean Plant Program (LR2014-03)

    WHEREAS it is critical for growers of perennial fruit and vegetable crops to start their plantings with clean disease free planting stock that is true to type; and

    WHEREAS the United States has instituted a National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) to provide their nurseries with clean planting stock; and

    WHEREAS Canadian nursery growers could be subject to rules developed by the US National Clean Plant Network that could limit their ability to ship plants to the United States;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OFVGA request that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and MRA support such a national initiative in Canada; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OFVGA and Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) demand that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) enact a program similar to the NCPN in the United States and/or participate in (or join) the existing NCPN.

  • Need for AAFC Plant Pathologist (2008-07)

    WHEREAS in 2006 two senior plant pathologists (Dr. M. Tu, AAFC-Harrow, ON and Dr. R. Utkhede, AAFC-Agassiz, BC) who were actively involved in greenhouse vegetable research programs retired; and

    WHEREAS plant pathology research is essential to our industry because new solutions are required by growers to manage current and emerging diseases;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OFVGA work with Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) and the Canadian Horticultural Council to lobby Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to replace the two retired AAFC greenhouse vegetable plant pathologists immediately to enable our industry to remain competitive and economically viable.

  • Pesticide Pricing (LR2009-15)

    WHEREAS the GROU program is intended to allow Canadian Import of United States pesticides when the pricing differential warrants; and

    WHEREAS the number of data points and numbers of products monitored has been very low; and

    WHEREAS Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) had agreed to increase the scope and number of products so monitored for 2008 but failed to do so;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OFVGA and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) request AAFC to live up to their agreement by expanding the surveys in Ontario and Saskatchewan and to increase the number of products surveyed from 31 to 100, including more horticultural products.

     

  • Pre-Harvest Intervals (LR2015-04)

    WHEREAS berry growers in Ontario and across North America are now dealing with the invasive insect pest Spotted Wing Drosophila; and

    WHEREAS growers are now having to control this pest during harvest to save their crops; and

    WHEREAS growers in the United States have shorter pre-harvest intervals for the same active ingredients;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OFVGA and Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) demand that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) put in place equivalent pre-harvest intervals to our American competitors.

  • Publication 360 (2014-02)

    WHEREAS Publication 360 is a significant production guide for commercial producers of fruit in Ontario; and

    WHEREAS the printed form of publication 360 is very compatible with present grower needs;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OAMFRA) continue to revise and produce this guide in a hardcopy, printed format for growers to use.

  • Resistance Management and IPM Integration of New Tools Given Top Priority (2010-02)

    WHEREAS there has been recent success in getting new crop protection registrations of new actives and new uses for older products; and

    WHEREAS these new products tend to be focused modes of action which are prone to resistance development in the pest populations; and

    WHEREAS these new registrations need much better timing and use direction to be both effective and that will ‘fit’ into existing pest management programs; and

    WHEREAS research support to both growers and extension staff in the areas of resistance detection, characterization and management has been severely curtailed at the federal level; and

    WHEREAS the research into IPM program development including the integration of new tools into these programs has also been severely limited;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that both OFVGA and Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) lobby Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to give top priority to the need for both resistance management and IPM integration of new tools for Insects, Diseases and Weeds in their deliberations of where to place some of the 25 new positions as announced.

  • Seed Certification (00-06)

    WHEREAS there is no verification program by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspectors that see potatoes certified in the field are those put in any bag or container and sold to the purchaser of such potatoes, and

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA request that CFIA develop a complete inspection and verification system for all field certified lots of such potatoes or that certification papers be removed from all containers of see potatoes. 

  • SevinXLR (LR2010-03)

    WHEREAS consumers want large, consistent fruit, and whereas chemical thinners are very important in the production of high quality fruit; and

    WHEREAS SevinXLR gives Ontario growers the most consistent thinning results from year to year;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA urge the government to retain the registration of SevinXLR for use of thinning in apples.

  • Soil Fumigants (LR2011-08)

    WHEREAS soil fumigants are an integral part of strawberry fruit and plant production in Ontario, and for most other fruit, all ginseng, and many vegetable crops; and

    WHEREAS the PMRA is reviewing the registrations of all soil fumigants for Canada; and

    WHEREAS the loss of soil fumigants for Canada would give our American competitors in all the above crops a huge competitive edge over Canadians since American producers have access to all fumigants registered in Canada plus Methyl Bromide for some uses.

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA/CHC lobby the appropriate ministries, departments, companies to ensure that current uses for the product in the fruit and vegetable industry be maintained until suitable replacements are registered.

  • Sustainability and Reduced Risk Pest Management Program in Ontario (2009-01)

    WHEREAS there has been a dramatic reduction in research, educational and extension resources available to promote and implement sustainable pest management systems in horticultural crops since the late 1990’s; and 

    WHEREAS this has resulted in individual growers and commodity groups in many parts of the province not having access to qualified and experienced field consultants and/or integrated pest management scouting programs; and

    WHEREAS there are on-going significant reductions in person years in research (in both government and university) dedicated to the development of sustainable pest management strategies and programs; and

    WHEREAS there are gaps in the information needed to integrate reduced risk products, economic thresholds, pest resistance surveys and detection, and strategies to use new technologies (e.g. mating disruption) in managing insect, disease and weed pests of agricultural crops; and

    WHEREAS there is a reduced focus on providing university-based courses and programs on crop production with sustainable pest management systems, thereby restricting career choices of students interested in working in the fields of sustainable agriculture or organic production and reducing the number of pest management specialists operating in this province; and

    WHEREAS there is an urgent need to re-evaluate the various aspects of sustainable and reduced risk pest management systems in Ontario for horticultural crops (including implementation and delivery of integrated pest management programs, research, training, marketing, and R & D funding), and develop a comprehensive and doable strategy for promotion and adoption of such in Ontario’s horticulture sector; and

    WHEREAS consumers are becoming more informed and desirous of environmentally friendly pest management production systems;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) take the lead in developing a strategic plan for the future of sustainable and reduced risk pest management programs in Ontario; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OMAFRA consult with grower association representatives, crop protection industry representatives, independent consultants, researchers and OMAFRA field staff specialists to review the current state of sustainable pest management systems, identify the gaps, and develop a strategic plan in the context of enhancing the horticulture industry’s environmental performance and economic viability; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED resolved that this process begin in the early months of 2009.