Page 1

Monthly Newsletter INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Edible Horticulture Support


CAP Announcements


Fleabane Monitoring Project


PMRA Label Updates


Prism Herbicide Label Expansion


Updating 2018 CanadaGAP Manuals


Improved AgriStability


Fresh Grape AGM Notice


Upcoming Events 9 CropTracker Training


Tender Fruit AGM Notice


Green Ontario Fund





NEW Edible Horticulture Support Program The Edible Horticulture Support Program helps Ontario producers adjust to new and challenging cost pressures in the small business environment by providing payments based on net sales of edible horticulture.

IMPORTANT: SDRM participants are automatically enrolled. Others can call Agricorp to apply by March 23.

Visit for more details. If you are attending the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention next week, growers can stop the Agricorp booth (#724/726) for assistance or to have their questions answered.

CAP - Supporting Ontario's Agri-food and Agri-products Sectors The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) will launch in early April 2018. This new five-year commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments will support Canada's agri-food and agri-products sector.

water quality and soil health • Protection and Assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health.

The federal and provincial governments will be committing up to $1.5 billion to the Ontario agri-food sector: $1.1 billion for Business Risk Management funding and $417 million for strategic initiatives to help grow Ontario's agrifood and agri-products sectors.

Application intake windows for cost-share funding assistance will open on the first business day in April 2018, to ensure a seamless transition of support from GF2. Program details will be made available once finalized.

The initiative will build on the successes of Growing Forward 2 (GF2) - a five-year, federal, provincial, territorial agreement that comes to an end on March 31, 2018.

CAP Partnerships To ensure programs are delivered in alignment with our key priorities, we will work with industry to evolve our program delivery. It is our intent to continue to partner with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association to administer cost-share funding assistance to producers and again partner with the Agricultural Adaptation Council to administer cost-share

Strategic initiatives will support projects in three key priority areas, with research and innovation continuing to be a key focus across all programming: • Economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sectors • Environmental stewardship, to enhance

Supporting cont'd pg.2


Supporting cont'd... funding assistance to organizations and collaborations. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will continue to administer cost-share funding assistance to food and beverage processors. CAP programming will maximize public investment by working with partners on high-impact projects that best achieve government objectives, yield the greatest value and reduce barriers for program delivery. Ontario will be partnering with organizations, such as: • Vineland Research and Innovation Centre • Livestock Research and Innovation Corporation • Agri-Tech Commercialization Centre • Ontario Agri-Food Technologies • Bioenterprise • Oilseed Innovation Partners • Agri-food Management Institute • Food and Beverage Ontario • Provision Coalition Through targeted investments for research and innovation, CAP will support Ontario's agri-food and agriproducts sectors. We will continue to invest in research and innovation to support the transition and adoption of applied research into the market through knowledge mobilization. Greater flexibility in programming CAP will offer programming that will foster economic development in the sector, support industry efforts to enhance water quality and soil health through environmental stewardship and reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health. Ontario will again offer merit-based programs, as well as education and training, to support businesses and organizations in the agri-food and agri-products sectors through CAP programming. In addition, a new targeted stream of programming will be available which will focus on new and emerging priorities. To ensure programs are delivered in alignment with the governments key priorities, we will work in partnership with industry to evolve our program delivery. That is why, in 2018, OMAFRA will conduct a review of CAP program delivery to ensure continuous improvement and refinement to the suite of programming being offered under CAP.

Page   2

Business Risk Management Under CAP, the federal and provincial government are committing up to $1.1 billion in Business Risk Management funding for producers. Funding for the suite of Business Risk Management programs will continue through CAP to ensure producers are protected against significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage. The government partners are reviewing these national programs to ensure they meet producer needs, including timeliness, predictability simplicity and ability to respond to market risks. Options from the industryinformed review will be brought forward for consideration at the July 2018 Ministers' meeting.

Group 9 Resistant Fleabane Monitoring It is believed that Group 9 resistant Canada fleabane has spread into Ontario tender fruit and grape crops. However, producers have not confirmed resistance through testing. It is extremely important to validate the presence of Group 9 resistant Canada fleabane in Ontario tender fruit and grapes because there is a lack of registered products to control this biennial weed. If confirmed, new management strategies and herbicide screening trials will need to be implemented to find adequate methods of control. This project will determine if Group 9 resistant Canada fleabane is present in Essex and Niagara tender fruit and grape crops. In each county (2), 10 fields will be sampled, with 10 samples taken from each field. If interested in participating and having your field sampled, please contact Kristen Obeid, Weed Specialist, OMAFRA -

PMRA Label Updates Update to Roundup labels now includes Nectarines. The most current labels can be found here: • Roundup WeatherMAX • Roundup Transorb HC Or by visiting: services/consumer-product-safety/pesticides-pestmanagement/registrants-applicants/tools/pesticidelabel-search.html

Page   3


Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Federal activities and programs

Federally-funded activities and programs to support sector growth focus on three key areas: • • •

Growing trade and expanding markets - $297 million Innovative and sustainable growth in the sector - $690 million Supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector - $166.5 million

Federal program details and application forms are now available on the program web pages linked below. Funding will begin April 1, 2018.

Growing trade and expanding markets Helping the sector meet the Government's ambitious goal to grow Canada's agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025. Providing core industry services, such as timely market information and sector expertise, helps improve the sector's competitiveness, growth and adaptability.Advancing and defending international trade interests, as well as improving market development and market access activities to address emerging needs of the sector, and of small and medium enterprises (SME), will help expand markets and trading opportunities for the sector. AgriMarketing Program A five-year, up to $121 million federal initiative to help the industry increase and diversify exports to international markets and seize market opportunities. The program supports industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada's reputation for high quality and safe food. The program also helps some sectors maintain their domestic market. The AgriMarketing program offers funding through two components: •

AgriMarketing Program: National Industry Association – Funding provided will assist industry associations address a market access issue, develop a new market, or expand or maintain an existing market, through activities such as: industry-wide advertising and promotion, exploratory missions, market research, participation in industry meetings or trade shows. Open to not-for-profit organizations in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, operating on either a national or regional basis.


Page   4

AgriMarketing Program: Small and medium-sized enterprises – Funding provided will assist for-profit organizations expand into international markets through activities such as marketing and advertising, food service promotions, trade seminars, technical training for buyers, market development. Open to for-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, such as businesses and corporations, co-operatives, and Indigenous organizations. AgriCompetitiveness Program A five-year, up to $20.5 million program to assist industry-led efforts to provide producers with information needed to build capacity and support the sector's development. Funding will support sector-led activities such as farmer-oriented seminars, and conferences that identify industry best practices and build the capacity of the sector, farm business management, farm safety information and tools, as well as activities which raise agricultural awareness. Open to not-for-profit organizations including associations in Canada and Indigenous organizations.

Innovative and sustainable growth in the sector Enhancing the competitiveness of the sector through research, science and innovation, and adoption of innovative products and practices, with an emphasis on sustainable and clean growth. The Government will help support the resiliency and sustainability of the sector, helping farmers adapt to climate change, conserve water and soil resources, and grow their businesses sustainably to meet increasing global food demand sustainably. AgriScience Program A five-year, up to $338 million initiative to support leading edge discovery and applied science, and innovation driven by industry research priorities. Designed to accelerate the pace of innovation, the program supports pre-commercialization activities and invests in cutting-edge research to benefit the agricultural and agri-food sector. The AgriScience program offers funding through two components: •

AgriScience Program – Clusters: Funding provided will support industry-led and commodity specific science and research projects that address priority themes and horizontal issues, and coordinate research activities across Canada. Clusters are required to address environment and climate change issues unique to their sector and are encouraged to support research dissemination, extension and decision support tools for producers. Open to not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, Indigenous groups in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector. Note: Application intake for the Clusters component has now closed.

AgriScience Program – Projects: Funding provided will support specific shorter-term science projects to help industry overcome challenges and address fiscal barriers experienced by small and emerging sectors. Project activities must address key industry and government priorities. Open to not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, Indigenous groups in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector. AgriInnovate Program A five-year, up to $128 million initiative to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization, and/or adoption of innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability. The program will provide repayable contributions on projects that:

Page   5

FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE • • • •

demonstrate a recently proven innovation adopt new or world-leading agricultural products, technologies or services in clean technology, automation or robotics, and precision agriculture introduce significant improvement to the value-added sector provide new opportunities, or expand existing export opportunities

Open to for-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector such as businesses and corporations, co-operatives, and Indigenous organizations.

Supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector Strengthening the sector by better reflecting the diversity of our communities, enhancing collaboration across different jurisdictions, securing and supporting public trust in the sector, and improving client services. AgriDiversity Program A five-year, up to $5 million initiative to help under-represented groups in Canadian agriculture, including youth, women, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disabilities to fully participate in the sector. Open to not-for-profit organizations including associations in Canada, Indigenous organizations, and Official Language Minority Communities, and youth. It will strengthen the sector and build its capacity by: • • • •

helping diverse groups to develop their skills to take a greater leadership role building the entrepreneurial capacity and business skills of under-represented groups (such as Indigenous communities, youth, women and persons with disabilities) facilitating the sharing of industry experience, best practices and knowledge, to help under-represented groups to manage transformation strengthening the sector by incorporating the views of a more diverse set of industry players

AgriAssurance Program A five-year, up to $74 million federal initiative to foster public trust by helping industry develop and adopt systems, standards and tools that enable them to make credible, meaningful and verifiable claims about the health and safety of Canadian agricultural and agri-food products, and the manner in which they are produced. The AgriAssurance program offers funding through two components: •

AgriAssurance Program: National Industry Association – Funding provided will assist industry associations develop assurance systems, standards or tools, such as: food safety, animal and plant health surveillance, animal welfare, environmental sustainability, traceability, quality standards, market attributes, food defense, and system integration. Notfor-profit organizations in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, can apply under this component.

AgriAssurance Program: Small and medium-sized enterprises – Funding provided will assist for-profit organizations obtain third-party certification when it is required to meet an export opportunity. Open to for-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, such as businesses and corporations, co-operatives, and Indigenous organizations.


Page   6

Federally-funded activities These three key areas include $686.5 million over five years in federal programs and $467 million of federally-funded activities that directly benefit producers and processors and address priorities identified by the agricultural sector during consultations in the development of the framework. These investments will support trade policy and market access, trade commissioners, market development, market information, value chain roundtables, foundational science led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and support for regulatory systems and regional collaboration. Learn more about the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Updated Prism Label Prism® SG Herbicide label expanded via Minor Use Program for control of labeled weeds on stone fruit 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 Prism® Herbicide for control of labeled weeds on stone fruit, crop group 12-09 in Canada. The stone fruit crop group includes apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums and plumcots. Prism® Herbicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several weeds. These minor use projects were submitted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pest Management Centre (AAFC-PMC) 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 weed management decisions within a robust integrated weed management program and should consult the complete label before using Prism® Herbicide. Crop(s) Stone fruit, CG 12-09

Target Labeled weeds

Rate (g/ha) 60

Application Information

PHI (days)

Apply once as an early postemergence to actively growing weeds. Use a recommended non-ionic surfactant


Prism® Herbicide 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. The use of this chemical may result in contamination of groundwater particularly in areas where soils are permeable and/or the depth to the water table is shallow. Do not contaminate offtarget 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 Prism® Herbicide 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

Page 7


Updating Canada Gap Manuals for 2018 The CanadaGAP manuals have been updated for 2018. Version 7.1 of the Fruit and Vegetable and Greenhouse Manuals can now be found on the CanadaGAP website at Why are manuals updated? • To respond to user requests. CanadaGAP receives many requests each year asking us to clarify wording in the manual or the intent of the requirements. Most requests come directly from producers or from those working with producers (consultants, auditors, etc.) who need the expectations explained more clearly or who suggest ways to simplify the wording. • To maintain technical rigour of the program as science, industry, buyer, or government requirements change. There are still many unanswered questions in food safety research, and as the science progresses, technical requirements must keep pace. We are also in an environment of fast-paced change in food safety regulations both in Canada and internationally. • CanadaGAP is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Most major customers now require certification to a GFSI-recognized program. To maintain recognition, CanadaGAP must implement updates whenever GFSI makes changes to its requirements. • The CanadaGAP program has been reviewed for technical soundness by federal and provincial governments. To maintain our government recognition, CFIA requires that CanadaGAP review the manuals regularly and submit changes for approval by government. • CanadaGAP's Stakeholder Advisory Committee reviews all proposed changes and often brings forward suggestions of their own. They meet once a year to discuss requests for changes. How do I update my manual? As part of the CanadaGAP program, you are required to go through and update your manual each year to meet the requirements found in Section 24. The release of Version 7.1 is the optimal time to go through your manual to review its currency and to update it with the 2018 changes. CanadaGAP has the following material available on the website to help you: • Outline of Main Changes to the CanadaGAP Manuals - an overview of the changes for 2018 • Revisions document - shows changes from the previous version Additionally, a PowerPoint Presentation of the Main Changes for 2018 is available on the website at http://www. There are a number of ways to update your manual for 2018. You do NOT need to reprint the entire manual. 1. Use the Outline of Main changes handout to get an overview of the changes. Determine which changes affect your operation (there may be few or none). 2. When you have identified the changes that affect you, we encourage you to view the revisions document, as it provides the detailed wording. 3. Reprint only the pages that contain changes that affect your operation. Print from the PDF version if you want a formatted, clean copy without the tracking. 4. Insert any new pages into your existing manual, showing you have completed (checked off) any new procedures relevant to your operation. 5. Go through each section, make updates as needed, and initial at the bottom to show that you have reviewed your manual. 6. It is wise to reprint the entire Glossary, or at least print/review any changes to definitions. The terms that have been redefined are listed in the Outline of Main changes handout. Changes (usually clarifications) to terminology are important to understand, as they can impact how program requirements are met. 7. On the title page of your manual, cross out last year's version number/date and write in "Version7.1 2018", or print a new title page.


Page   8

Updating Canada Gap Manuals for 2018 continued Updating your CanadaGAP Forms for 2018 • Find out which record-keeping templates (CanadaGAP Forms) have changed. These are identified on the Outline of Main changes handout. • There is a new Form (V) to accompany the new requirement in Section 2. • There are a few changes to other forms. • Some changes may not be applicable to your operation. • Determine whether the changes pertain to you. • Start using the new versions of the Forms. Questions? Please direct any questions to

Improved AgriStability in 2018 New this year, producers will receive information about changes to AgriStability in their renewal packages. Although most producers will not experience the changes until their 2018 tax year is complete and their claim forms are submitted, it is important that producers have the information they need to make informed decisions about their participation. In addition to information provided in renewals, Agricorp will also share new AgriStability information on, over the phone, in advertisements, at producer meetings and events, and with agents across the province. Changes to 2018 AgriStability include: 1. New this year, a producer’s reference margin limit (RML) will not go below 70 per cent of their average production margin. This 70 per cent minimum RML will lessen the impact of extreme differences between the average production margin and RML, ensuring a more equitable level of support for all producers. AgriStability payments are made when a producer’s net farming income falls below 70 per cent of their recent average. To determine if a producer has a decline in farming income, two margins are calculated: • Production margin – Net farming income for the program year; • Reference margin – Recent average production margin or the RML, whichever is less. The RML is based on historical expenses instead of net farming income. 2. Payments will only be made if the producer’s benefit is $250 or more. 3. A late participation mechanism has been added that the provincial and federal government can trigger to allow producers to enter the program late in situations where a significant event causes there to be a significant income decline. OMAFRA is currently reviewing this mechanism and finalizing details with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada officials. AgriStability Dates:

Page 9



7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018

GRAPE & TENDER FRUIT (ONTARIO) LIMITED – Board Office 1634 South Service Road, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 6P9

AGENDA: ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

Speaker – Amy Bowen Vineland Research and Innovation o Consumer Feedback on New Grape Varieties Minutes – March 9 2017 Business arising from the minutes Auditors’ Report Chairman’s Report Secretary’s Report Electoral Districts Elections – 2018 Fresh Grape Growers’ Committee Any other business

To RSVP, please contact Sylvana by Monday, February 26, 2018 at: or 905-688-0990 x 231

Upcoming Events • Fresh Grape Growers' AGM - March 1st - see above • CropTracker Training - March 7th - see flyer pg. 10 • NPF & VGA Award of Merit - March 8th - register by clicking below or by email: • Ontario Tender Fruit Growers' AGMs - see pg. 11 March 27th - Districts 3 & 4 March 28th - District 5 March 29th - Districts 1 & 2

Register: npfvga-awardofmerit-rayduc


Page   10

Workshop: CropTracker Spring Training The Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Ontario Apple Growers would like to invite you to attend a one-on-one CropTracker training workshop. Would you like to learn more about how to use CropTracker and what it can offer? If so, you may be interested in attending this workshop which will provide a hands-on, oneon-one training approach. During this presentation you will learn: •

• • •

Moving to RFID technology to record harvest, shipping, storage & packing efficiently Storage module Labour tracking and cost of production And more …

Growers are invited to bring your laptops and last year’s spray records and/or harvest records to the workshop and learn how to quickly and easily enter them and create the reports your need for CanadaGAP audits and for your own record management. Please have your CropTracker username and password ready so that you can access the system.

Event Date Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 Location Marketing Board Offices, 1634 South Service Road, St. Catharines, L2R 6P9 Time 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch Included) Presenters Dragonfly IT Inc. Matt Deir, Software Architect, Nick Robson, Software Engineer Rachael Shaw – Software Engineer RSVP Please register by: Friday, February 23, 2018 Space is limited so register ASAP Registration Call Sylvana at: 905-688-0990 x 231

Page 11


P.O. Box 100 Vineland Station, Ontario L0R 2E0 Phone: 905-688-0990 Fax: 905-688-5915 Email:

2018 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETINGS OF TENDER FRUIT GROWERS Districts 3 & 4 – Essex, Kent and Lambton – Tuesday March 27, 2018 Place: Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Kingsville, Ontario Time: 12pm – 1pm lunch 1:15 to 1:45 Cedar Springs Updates OTFPMB – District Annual Meeting 2:00pm Annual Meeting Call Sylvana to confirm attendance for by March 23rd District 5 – Haldimand-Norfolk- Wednesday March 28, 2018 Place: The Blue Elephant, Simcoe, Ontario Time: 11:00 a.m. Annual Meeting 12:00 p.m. Lunch - Call Sylvana to confirm attendance for lunch by March 23rd Districts 1 & 2 – Niagara- Thursday March 29, 2018 Place: Hernder Estate Winery – 1607 - 8th Ave. – St. Catharines Time: 3:00 p.m. Voter Registration 3:15 p.m. Business Section • Minutes- March, 2017 • Auditor’s Report and Financial Statements – Randy Momot • Chairman’s Report – Phil Tregunno • Secretary’s Report – Sarah Marshall • Other business 4:15 p.m. Guest Speaker – Ontario Soil & Crops explain new funding programs 5:00 p.m. Award of Merit 5:15 p.m. Elections 5:30 p.m. Dinner- Call Sylvana to confirm attendance for dinner by March 23rd

Please ensure you RSVP with Sylvana Lagrotteria or at 905-688-0990 ext. 231


Page   12

Green Ontario Fund Ontario Helping Farmers and Agri-Food Businesses Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution Province’s Carbon Market Providing Funding for Money-Saving Upgrades February 15, 2018 12:30 P.M. Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Ontario is supporting farmers and agri-food businesses to improve their energy efficiency, save money and fight climate change through two new programs from the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market. Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was joined today by Parminder Sandhu, Green Ontario Fund board chair and Interim CEO, and Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham, to announce the launch of the GreenON Agriculture and GreenON Food Manufacturing programs. GreenON Agriculture will provide funding to help improve energy efficiency in climate-controlled production facilities such as swine or poultry barns, greenhouses and grain dryers. Improvements include new or upgraded energy curtains and cover materials in greenhouses and building insulation in walls and ceilings of livestock facilities. GreenON Food Manufacturing will help encourage food and beverage processing facilities to adopt innovative, cleaner technologies, with opportunities for low-carbon fuel use, waste heat recovery, improved air balance and upgraded refrigeration systems. Supporting farmers and agri-food businesses in the transition to a low carbon economy is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation. Quick Facts • Ontario is investing $7.25 million in GreenON Agriculture and $3.75 million in GreenON Food Manufacturing. • Businesses and farmers interested in applying for funding from these programs can visit • The Green Ontario Fund offers programs and rebates that help households and businesses reduce their energy costs and fight climate change. Visit to find out how small – or big – changes in your home can help save money while reducing greenhouse gas pollution. • The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market are the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050. Additional Resources • Green Ontario Fund • Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan • Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program

Ontario Tender Fruit Growers Newsletter February 2018  
Ontario Tender Fruit Growers Newsletter February 2018