Monthly Newsletter INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 2018-2019 OTFG Board of Directors & Growers' Committee
2018-2019 OTFG Delegates & Committee Members
2018-2019 Board of Directors & Growers' Committee *Indicates Director
2018-2019 Fresh Grape Board of Directors & Growers' Committee
District 2 *Leo Devries Randy Haist
2017 Award of Merit Recipient
District 1A - Niagara on the Lake *Phil Tregunno – Chair *John Thwaites – Vice Chair *Fred Meyers *Dave Enns Scott MacSween Dave Froese
OFVC Presentations Available
District 4 *Rusty Smith Mark Delanghe
CAP Producer Funding
District 1B - Grimsby/Lincoln/Hamilton/ Halton /Peel *David Hipple *Brock Puddicombe Torrie Warner Robert Troup Jamie Warner
LICC 4-5 Employment Standards Update Minor Use Label Expansion
2018 Test Trees
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
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District 3 Dave Nickels Bill Medel
District 5 *Ryan Schuyler Joel Porteous
2018-2019 Association-Appointed Delegates & Committee Members • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Canadian Horticultural Council – Phil Tregunno (John Thwaites – alternate) F.A.R.M.S. – Phil Tregunno Labour Issues Coordinating Committee – Phil Tregunno Niagara Peninsula Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association –Sarah Marshall Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association – John Thwaites (Dave Enns - Alternate) Ontario Federation of Agriculture - PAC – Ryan Schuyler Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council –Phil Tregunno, Sarah Marshall (David Hipple Alternate) OACC (Technical Committee) – Sarah Marshall Budget Committee – All Directors Crop Insurance Committee – All Grower Committee Members Fresh Market Advisory Committee: Chair – Sarah Marshall, Grower Reps – Phil Tregunno, Dave Froese, Dave Enns (Leo DeVries, Brock Puddicombe, John Thwaites- pears), Shipper Reps - all marketers (1 vote per marketer) Grape & Tender Fruit (Ont.) Ltd. – Phil Tregunno, John Thwaites Niagara Agricultural Policy and Action Committee – Phil Tregunno, Sarah Marshall
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Committee Members cont'd. • Tender Fruit Research & Evaluation Committee – Jamie Warner, Torrie Warner, Rusty Smith, Ryan Tregunno, Leo DeVries, John Thwaites, Dave Froese, Dave Enns, Brock Puddicombe, Jimmy Meyers, Upper Canada Growers Ltd., Canadian Fruit Tree Nursery Cooperative • Sour Cherry Advisory Committee Grower Reps – Leo DeVries, Rusty Smith, Brock Puddicombe • Processing Pear Advisory Committee Grower Reps – Leo DeVries, Ron Troup, David Hipple • Processing Peach Advisory Committee Grower Reps – Rusty Smith, Leo Devries, David Hipple • Greenbelt Committee –All Directors
2017 Award of Merit
2018-2019 Fresh Grape Board of Directors & Growers' Committee *Indicates Director District 1 *Adolf Reddecopp *Howard Colcuc *Jourdan Tregunno Fred Meyers *Dan Lambert Eric Willms
District 2 *David Hipple - Chair *Torrie Warner - Vice Chair *Robin Reimer Bart Huisman
Ag Scholarship Available
Ontario Tender Fruit Growers are very pleased to recognize Craig Hunter as the recipient of the 2017 Award of Merit.
The Dave Lambert Agricultural Scholarship is a $1,500.00 scholarship awarded to a student from the Niagara Region who is accepted to, or enrolled in post-secondary agricultural studies (returning to school in the Fall) and who demonstrates a passion and commitment to the industry.
Craig was instrumental in getting the Minor Use Program up and running, and has been the facilitator at every priority-setting meeting since 2003.
The application intake period will be open from March 1st - May 31st. Due to the volume of applications, those that are submitted before or after this intake period will not be considered. Please visit www.npfvga.org/scholarship to view and print and application.
Craig was one of the initiators of the Grower Pesticide Safety Course, as well as for the waste Craig Hunter accepts award pesticide collection and from Ontario Tender Fruit the container collection Growers' Chair, Phil Tregunno programs. He is currently a member of the Ontario Pesticides Advisory Committee, and the Pest Management Advisory Committee as well as many others. Craig has always tried to be the voice for the growers on the gravel roads who have little chance to be heard themselves. He calls it as he sees it in his monthly column in The Grower. He has written on and about pesticide issues and been asked to speak at many meetings to bring forward the growers’ perspectives.
Applications can be mailed to: PO Box 100, Vineland Station, ON L0R 2E0 Attn: NPF & VGA Scholarship Committee OR emailed to: email@example.com (preferred)
OFVC Presentations Online The Tender Fruit, Wash Water and Food Safety speaker presentations from OFVC are now available on our website. You can access these by signing into the Growers Site with your grower number, then clicking on Resources and OFVC Speaker Presentations. 2018 speaker notes include: • Environmental Monitoring • Importance of Post Harvest Cooling • Ingredients for a Mechanized, Labour-Efficient Pear Orchard • Wash Water Management - Where to Start? • Evaluation of Wash Water Treatment Options • AND MANY MORE!
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CAP: Producer Funding The new Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding program for producers is now accepting funding applications.
We have been advised that for those considering changing over to trickle irrigation, applications could qualify through the food safety category. To view the guidebook and see the categories visit https://www. ontariosoilcrop.org/canadian-agricultural-partnership/. Applications will be accepted until May 8, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.
CropTracker - Important Software Updates CropTracker is implementing a new communications plan regarding software updates. Look for updates in these newsletters, at the end of their online blog posts, on Facebook, and on Twitter by following @croptrackerapp. Some of the latest updates include: • Activity Administration - CropTracker has an extensive list of activities linked to parent production practices - users have asked for the ability to add their own. Now users can add/edit/delete their own activities. • Work Log Exception Reports - Data recorded in the field isn't always 100% accurate due to human error. Before doing payroll each week, admins need to be able to quickly identify and fix inaccurate data. This report will identify potentially erroneous worklog/payroll related data. • Bin Labels - Compatibility added for new harvest tag format (Harvest 4x4 - Label); which is designed for field printing, has a bigger barcode that is easier to scan, uses the new more-detailed farm label and block label, and lists all the pickers for that piece. • Work Log Bulk Edit Feature Updates - Adjust employee work logs in bulk from the Punch Clock Admin - start everyone at the same time and the same place. • Inventory Bulk Edit Feature Added - Bulk edit piece rate information for batches of inventory from a harvest event. • Worker-centric Mobile Harvest UI Added - On iPhone and iPad, harvest events now have an additional Worklogs screen that lets you manage harvests from the picker's perspective. • Form R (Deviations & Corrective Actions form) for CanadaGAP Added - Form allows recording of all major deviations, complaints and their related cause(s), corrective action(s), preventative measures and modified procedures. Record that employees have been trained on the new procedures. • Form T (Food Defense) for CanadaGAP Added - Form intended to assess whether potential food defense/security risk factors exist. • Time Column in Worklog Pieces - Add a time column to harvest pieces for each worklog. • More Detailed Harvest Event Summary - The summary for Harvest events on the dashboard now shows more detailed yield information. • More Detailed Harvest Inventory Report - The Harvest Inventory Report now shows Event #, Harvest class, and Picker(s) columns. Please visit https://www.croptracker.com/softwareupdates.html?limitstart=0 to view a complete list of software updates, updated daily by the CropTracker team. A blog about rural connectivity can also be found here: https://www.croptracker.com/blog/309-rural-connectivity.html
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EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT FAIR WORKPLACES BETTER JOBS ACT For ONTARIO AGRICULTURE The Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act (FWBJA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA) are very much tied together. The FWBJA makes a number of changes and additions to the ESA. Here are the key items • Regulation 285 will continue without alteration. Here is the website for a related fact sheet
• Regulation 285 exemptions does not apply to the new standards • All employers are required to post in the workplace a poster titled "What you need to know", at
the bottom are a toll free line and email that both employers and workers can connect for information. (1 800 531-5551). Version 7 is the current poster. • The "Guide to the ESA" is kept current and posted on line (www.ontario.ca/document/yourguide-employment-standards-act-0). It is 130 pages, but it has a good index and uses plain language. • One of the major changes for the Ministry of Labour is the addition of 175 new inspectors, who will also carry an extension/education role for both employers and workers. • Equal Pay has applied to gender for some time. Equal pay will now apply to "employment status" (casual, part-time, temporary, seasonal, etc.). People doing the same job at the same level should be paid the same. In short pay levels should not be arbitrary. Seniority, skill level, merit/performance, management component continue to be a valid rationale for a different level of pay. Workers have the right to ask without the fear of reprisal. Sharing of job descriptions would be a valid way to show a difference in pay level. This regulation doesn't take effect until April 1, 2018. An interpretation bulletin is expected in the near future. • Scheduling, which includes the 3 hour rule and the 96 hour rule will come into effect on January 1, 2019. An interpretation bulletin is expected in the future • Vacation Pay (6% upon completing 5 years) applies to some farm job categories and not others. Vacation pay is often paid on anniversary (or each pay period if agreed to by the worker) and should be paid 6% upon completion of their Year 5. Harvesters of fruit, vegetables and tobacco are covered by vacation pay after 13 weeks. Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) workers have a complete break in employment at the end of their contract. It is not considered a lay off. Employers must try to hire a Canadian resident before a job can be offered to a SAWP worker. SAWP workers (that are harvesters of fruit, vegetable and tobacco) are not covered by the new standard (6% after 5 years). SAWP workers (that are harvesters of fruit, vegetable and tobacco) continue to be covered by the old standard (4% after 12 months). • Personal Emergency Leave (10 days at the first of the year with the first 2 days paid after 7 days of work) will apply. This has applied to employers with 50 or more workers for some time. The Guide defines "emergency" on page 58. It is emergency leave and should not be viewed as vacation or holiday. Employers can ask what the emergency is, but cannot demand a doctor's note. Since this is an extension of an existing standard the administration of the standard is fairly predictable. • Other new/changed regulations include: minimum wage; employee versus fee-for service; overtime; tips and gratuities; pregnancy and parental leave; family caregiver; family medical leave, domestic and sexual violence leave; critical illness leave, crime related child disappearance leave; temporary help agencies; enforcement and compliance
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Regulation 285 does not address all standards found in the ESA. Here is a summary of Regulation 285. It is highly summarized and should not be considered a legal document. If you need details or exact language, please refer to the ESA itself and the regulations. EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT & REGULATION 285 SPECIAL RULES OR EXEMPTIONS ISSUE Minimum Wage Hours of Work Daily Rest Weekly Rest Eating Periods Overtime Public Paid Holidays Vacation with Pay Pregnancy leave Parental leave Personal Emergency leave Termination Pay Severance Pay Payment of Wage Pay Equity Records Required Reprisal Prohibition
STANDARD *$14.00/hr by Jan. 1 2018 8hrs/day, 48 hr/week 11 hr/day, 24hr/week 24 hrs/week 30 min/5 hrs >44 hrs @ time and a half 9 days *2 wks /1 yr and 3 wks / 5 yrs 17 weeks *61 or 63 weeks *10 days/year—2 days pd after 7 notice or pay based on years of service regular & recurring day *male/female—employment status
PP NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC C C C C C C C C C
NF C NC NC NC NC NC NC C C C C C C C C C C
HAR SRA NC NC NC NC NC SRA SRA C C C C C C C C C
L C NC NC NC NC NC NC C C C C C C C C C C
*New or modified ** PP--primary production--employees who are directly employed in production of eggs, milk grain, seeds, fruit, vegetables, maple products, honey, tobacco, herbs, pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, deer/elk, ratites, bison, rabbits, game birds, wild boar and cultured fish ** NF--Near Farming--workers growing mushrooms, flowers, trees and shrubs for retail and whole sale trade, growing transporting and laying of sod; breeding and boarding of horses on a farm or the keeping of fur-bearing mammals for propagation or pelts **HAR--Harvesters of fruit, vegetables and tobacco **L--Landscape gardeners ***Regulation 285 defines how the rules apply to each of the 4 job categories covering farming C--covered; NC--not covered; SRA--special rules apply
DISCLAIMER: This information from LICC outlines what is currently known about the recent Employment Standards Act changes and how they relate to Agricultural operations. Please keep in mind that this information is subject to change. If you have any questions Ken Linington’s contact information is below: Ken Linington, Policy Advisor, 519 836-5495 ext 227, February 8, 2018
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Syllit® 400 FL Fungicide label expanded via Minor Use Program for control of diseases on peaches, nectarines and cherries in Canada J. Chaput, OMAFRA, Minor Use Coordinator, Guelph The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Syllit® Fungicide for control of peach leaf curl on peaches and nectarines and cherry leaf spot on cherries in Canada. Syllit® Fungicide was already labeled for use apples and pears in Canada for control of scab. This minor use project was submitted by Ontario as a result of minor use priorities established by growers and extension personnel. The following is provided as an abbreviated, general outline only. Users should be making pest management decisions within a robust integrated pest management program and should consult the complete label before using Syllit® Fungicide. Crop(s)
Peaches / nectarines
Peach leaf curl
1.8 – 3.5
If leaf curl was moderate to severe the previous season, apply one month before buds swell in spring and again just prior to bud swelling, otherwise apply one application just prior to bud swelling. Maximum of 2 applications per season with at least 7 days between applications.
Cherry leaf spot
For cherry leaf spot, apply at petal fall or when leaves 1st unfold, repeat if necessary. Post-harvest applications in the field are permitted to help prevent leaf spot defoliation also. Maximum of 4 applications per season with at least 7 days between applications.
Syllit® Fungicide is toxic to aquatic organisms and non-target terrestrial plants. Do not apply this product or allow drift to other crops or non-target areas. Do not contaminate off-target areas or aquatic habitats when spraying or when cleaning and rinsing spray equipment or containers. Follow all other precautions, restrictions and directions for use on the Syllit® Fungicide label carefully. For a copy of the new minor use label contact your local crop specialist, regional supply outlet or visit the PMRA label site https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/consumer-productsafety/pesticides-pest-management/registrants-applicants/tools/pesticide-label-search.html Note: This article is not intended to be an endorsement or recommendation for this particular product, but rather a notice of registration activity
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