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

  • 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.

  • 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 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

  • Small Fruit Research Positions at University of Guelph (07-07)

    SMALL FRUIT RESEARCH POSITIONS AT UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH (07-07)

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

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

    THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA strongly request that the University of Guelph 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 the OFVGA, which will help keep all Ontarians healthy