Standing policy: Industry Partnerships and Relations
Definition of agriculture (LR2012-14)
WHEREAS there are currently at least 17 definitions of agriculture that are utilized between 14 to 16 provincial ministries that deal with farmers and food in Ontario;
AND WHEREAS these definitions have inevitably led to conflict between the farming community and the various ministries as to what, exactly, is a farm and farming activities – whether primary or otherwise;
THEREFORE be it resolved that OFVGA work with all Ontario farm organizations to develop one standardized definition of farming and farming activities and lobby the Government of Ontario and all its ministries to adopt this singular definition of farming and farm activities and replacing all variable definitions in existing and future legislation.
Farm business registration financial determination (LR2012-13)
*Note: OFVGA board of directors looked into this matter and motion to drop was carried on May 9, 2012.
National replant program (06-10)
WHEREAS grapes and tree fruits have been the major fruit crop in Canada which in Ontario alone reflects over $200 million dollars in farm-gate value with an economic spin off over 1 billion dollars,
WHEREAS this industry has faced increasing challenges from overproduction in competing regions and countries, imports flooding our markets with new varieties, whether for wine or our disappearing juice market,
WHEREAS there is a great opportunity for Canadian producers to supply the Canadian market with our products that meeting consumer demands
WHEREAS British Columbia has proved through the strength of their replant program that growers of tree fruits can compete successfully in the world market. British Columbia’s Provincial government has supported a replant program for over 15 years assisting growers to meet market demands and reduce reliance of safety net programs.
THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA in conjunction with CHC lobby both the Federal and Provincial Governments for the implementation of a National Replant Program for tree fruit and grapes.
Resolution to lobby government attendance (LR2012-15)
THEREFORE be it resolved that OFVGA lobby the appropriate ministers, deputy-ministers and directors, both provincial and federal to attend and participate at the OFVGA AGM.
School fruit and vegetable program (06-02)
WHEREAS the B.C. government has launched a new program to improve the overall health of its children and increase the awareness of and market for B.C. fruits and vegetables; and
WHEREAS this program is a joint partnership among the Ministries of Health, Education and Agriculture; and
WHEREAS the USDA offers similar and highly successful programs through the US school system through the Domestic Feeding Program funded by the US Farm Bill.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA urge the Minister of Agriculture & Food the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky to champion in partnership with the Ministries of Health and Education an Ontario School Fruit &Vegetable Program to increase the awareness of and market for Ontario grown fruits and vegetables.