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

Standing policy: Research

The OFVGA believes that research and development is extremely important to the membership.

Members of the OFVGA are appointed to various Ontario horticulture research sub-committees for providing input into research priorities.

  • Continuation of fruit pathology and nematology research programs (99-14)

    WHEREAS both the fruit pathologist and nematologist at AAFC are nearing retirement, and the fruit pathologist position at the U of Guelph – Vineland Station is a contract position, and

    WHEREAS fungal and bacterial diseases and nematodes continue to threaten the economic viability of the fruit industry, and

    WHEREAS the continuing emergence of environmental concerns are new pest control chemistry dictate ongoing research efforts to develop new control and management strategies for these diseases and nematodes and,

    WHEREAS very shortly the FQPA may impact significantly on the control strategies available to Ontario producers, and

    WHEREAS new uninterrupted research efforts are needed on the biology and epidemiology of present disease threats, on biological control options, on field testing of new control products and on finding a fit for these new products in IPM programs and resistance management strategies.

    THEREFORE be is resolved that the OFVGA urge AAFC, and the U of Guelph to maintain the continuity of present Pathology/Nematology programs for fruit crops, and

    BE IT FURTHER resolved that action be taken in a timely fashion to ensure that there will be no interruption in these programs.

  • Continuity of expert research personnel (01-14)

    WHEREAS there is a pending situation of a series of retirements of key senior research personnel at the Greenhouse & Processing Crops Research Centre, and

    WHEREAS there is an influx of term and casual employees under externally funded projects,

    THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA request Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to recruit replacements now in order to maintain a core of expertise that will propose and direct appropriate research activities

  • Continuity of Expert Research Personnel (01-14)

    WHEREAS there is a pending situation of a series of retirements of key senior research personnel at the Greenhouse & Processing Crops Research Centre, ; and

    WHEREAS there is an influx of term and casual employees under externally funded projects; 

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA request Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) recruit replacements now in order to maintain a core of expertise that will propose and direct appropriate research activities.

  • Increase applied entomological research in Ontario (98-11)

    WHEREAS Crop Protection research at AAFC in Ontario has been steadily diminished, and

    WHEREAS producer issues in the areas of Entomology and Plant Pathology have been increasing, and

    WHEREAS new pest species, pest resistance to available pesticides, and few new registrations are leading to increasing crop losses and lost incomes, and

    WHEREAS federal responsibility for Crop Protection seems to have been eroded to the point where a critical mass for research of problems specific to Ontario Producers is no longer present.

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that AAFC re-evaluate their commitment to Crop Protection in Ontario, and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that AAFC commit to replacement of staff compliment in Crop Protection in Ontario, suitably located where the crops and pests are found such as Vineland, Harrow and London, with the appropriate resources of scientists, technicians and support budget to do the necessary work.

  • LR2014-04: National raspberry and strawberry research and promotion councils

    WHEREAS base funding for research and promotion has declined in recent years and

    WHEREAS commodity groups are being asked to provide matching dollars for government research and promotion to participate in such programs

    WHEREAS the National Raspberry and Strawberry Research and Promotion Councils will collect and distribute the funds

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA request that the OMAF and MRA support applications by the Ontario berry industry and other commodity groups seeking stable research and promotion funding through the formation of Promotion and Research Councils or Agencies und the laws set out by Farm Products Agencies Act (FPAA).

    Submitted by Small Fruit                                                                                           

    CARRIED

  • Nematologist and neamatode research (2013-06)

    WHEREAS, plant parasitic nematodes cause significant economic damage in vegetable production in Ontario,

    AND WHEREAS, regulations for the use of fumigants are changing and will increase the cost and difficulty of using fumigants

    AND WHEREAS, new tools/products for nematode management are becoming available in larger acreage crops in North America,

    AND WHEREAS, there has been little systematic surveying on the species of nematodes present in vegetable production regions of Ontario, on their impacts, or on developing nematode management programs or evaluations of potential new nematicides for most Ontario vegetable crops,

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) lobby the University of Guelph, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to develop a research program and consider the hiring of a Nematologist to oversee the projects on plant parasitic nematodes in field vegetables.

    AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that OFVGA contacts other commodity groups in the province to explore collaborations in advancing nematode research in the province.

  • OFVGA research, promotion and marketing fund (2012-03)

    WHEREAS, research and minor use projects are essential for the vitality of each crop sector and would be limited or non-existent without the allocation of a portion of the container tolls collected by the OFVGA,

    WHEREAS, these funds are greatly appreciated,

    THEREFORE Be It Resolved, that the OFVGA consider the continuation of the Research, Promotion and Marketing Funds to each commodity association on a long term basis.

  • OMAFRA ag development specialists and leads - out of province travel (2012-01)

    WHEREAS OMAFRA has severely restricted out-of-province travel for Ag Development specialists and leads regardless of the technology transfer needs of the industry or the industry’s willingness to cost share such costs; and

    WHEREAS production problems in Ontario are similar to those of neighbouring jurisdictions i.e. Quebec, Nova Scotia, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan, and

    WHEREAS past technology transfer interchange between these jurisdictions has been mutually beneficial.

    THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA request that OMAFRA adopts a more appropriate policy to address out-of-province travel policy which better reflects the industry’s technology transfer needs.

  • OMAFRA small fruit research positions (06-05)

    WHEREAS research in berry crops has declined at an alarming rate over the past 5 years, and

    WHEREAS remaining research staff will be retiring in the near future;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OBGA strongly request that OMAFRA refill Small Fruit Research Positions at the University of Guelph, Simcoe site so that Ontario farmers will be able to fulfill the Healthy Fruit Eating Initiative of OFVGA, which will help keep all Ontarians healthy.

  • OMAFRA Small Fruit Research Positions (06-05)

    WHEREAS research in berry crops has declined at an alarming rate over the past 5 years; and 

    WHEREAS remaining research staff will be retiring in the near future;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ontario Berry Growers Association (OBGA) strongly request that OMAFRA refill Small Fruit Research Positions at the University of Guelph, Simcoe site so that Ontario farmers will be able to fulfill the Healthy Fruit Eating Initiative of OFVGA, which will help keep all Ontarians healthy.

  • Ontario berry research (LR2013-12)

    WHEREAS there has been an erosion of resources in the field of research and a decline of researchers in the Ontario Berry industry.

    AND WHEREAS research positions in the berry industry that become vacant are not being re-hired.

    AND WHEREAS the Ontario Berry industry has previously consistently had a berry breeding and research position in place funded by OMAFRA and the University of Guelph

    AND WHEREAS the need for research and breeding driven by new pest challenges and changing consumer demands has never been greater

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OFVGA lobby OMAFRA and the University of Guelph to put in place a permanent, full-time research position dedicated to berry research and breeding in Ontario.

  • Replacement for vegetable crop speical in Ridgetown (2013-09)

    WHEREAS, the position of Vegetable Crop Specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in Ridgetown will be vacant for the next year due to the maternity leave of Elaine Roddy

    AND WHEREAS, it appears that an interim replacement is not being pursued by OMAFRA during this leave,

    AND WHEREAS, this position provides valuable crop and pest management information over the growing season for Sweet Corn, Beans, Peas, Cucurbits, and Asparagus,   

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA)  lobby OMAFRA to find an interim replacement during Elaine Roddy’s leave.

  • Replacement of berry research staff (LR2014-05)

    WHEREAS there is a critical need for current regional research in the province of Ontario for the benefit of the Ontario berry industry, and

    WHEREAS the only dedicated berry researcher in Ontario retired in early 2013 and has not been replaced and

    WHEREAS we understand 80% of the funding for this position came from OMAF and MRA though the OMAF and MRA and the University of Guelph agreement

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA request that the OMAF and MRA and University fill a research position that is dedicated to berry research for the province of Ontario

  • Replacement of berry research staff (LR2015-05)

    WHEREAS there is a critical need for current regional research in the province of Ontario for the benefit of the Ontario berry industry, and

    WHEREAS the only dedicated berry researcher in Ontario retired in early 2013 and has not been replaced and

    WHEREAS 80% of the funding for this position came from OMAF and RA though the OMAF and RA and University of Guelph agreement

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA request that the OMAF and RA and University of Guelph fill a research position or dedicate an existing researcher to berry research for the province of Ontario

  • Research program to evaluate miticide programs (2013-08)

    WHEREAS, damage to vegetable crops such as tomatoes, eggplant, and legumes from spidermites is significant in particular seasons where conditions favour their survival

    AND WHEREAS, damage from other mite species is also known to be significant in the Great Lakes region but has not been studied in Ontario,

    AND WHEREAS, new miticide registrations have recently been completed or are pending in Ontario,

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA)  lobby the University of Guelph, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to initiate a research program to evaluate miticide programs and sustainable integrated management programs for mites in vegetable crops in Ontario

    AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that the OFVGA explore collaborative research programs with other Ontario commodity groups that are impacted by mites.

  • U OF G and OMAFRA contract review (LR2013-14)

    WHEREAS the original University of Guelph and OMAFRA contract provided for significant professional and technical research support for the fruit and vegetable production needs

    AND WHEREAS there has been a very significant erosion of these resources leading to severe reduction in research work in fruit and vegetable production

    AND WHEREAS the need for all such research has never been greater and over the past several years, these needs have been raised at OFVGA as resolutions without acceptable results and since the University of Guelph and OMAFRA contract is under review we do hereby request a full audit of the research positions to ensure the money is used only for the originally supported positions in the first contract and a full analysis/need for each position be done so as to reinstate the needed research support asked for by the industry

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we respectfully request that no edible horticulture research positions in the contract be eliminated with OMAFRA and industry agreement and we request that all of this be done within the existing dollar envelope by a reallocation of its resources.

  • Vegetable research scientist in Simcoe (2013-10)

    WHEREAS the vegetable Research position at Simcoe has become vacant, and

    WHEREAS the need for research on the vast array of vegetables being grown in the Sand Plains area continues to grow, and

    WHEREAS the need for such efforts as irrigation requirements, cultivar response to fertility and crop management regimes, evaluation of the potential of new cropping approaches involving both conventional and new crop species has the potential to provide welcome benefit to growers in the sand belt area.

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minister of OMAFRA be approached to ensure they include a demand for immediate replacement of this position that has been funded under the OMAFRA/U of Guelph contract since its inception, stressing the extreme value of the work to vegetable growers.