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Monthly Newsletter INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Edible Horticulture Support


Succession 1 Planning Services NPF & VGA Scholarship


Gramoxone Reminder


CropTracker Workshop


Save the Date


Notice of AGMs


AGM Agenda: Districts 3 & 4


AGM Agenda: District 5


AGM Agenda: Districts 1 & 2


Un-Conventional 7 Thinking Workshop NPF & VGA Award of Merit



  MARCH 2018


REMINDER: Edible Horticulture Funding As communicated in the February newsletter in order to receive additional payments under the Edible Horticultural Support Program you must be enrolled in SDRM

Deadline for enrollment is March 23 and you must also have a premise ID.

Additional details can be found on the Agricorp website: Edible-Horticulture-Support-Program/ Pages/Overview.aspx

Succession Planning Services for Sustainable Farms By Jackie Kelly-Pemberton, Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture It can be tough for any farm family to sit down and start a discussion about succession planning. This is something I’ve had firsthand experience with, and it is not without its challenges, but planning for a secure future is a reality of running a family business. Having access to tools and resources for succession planning is one of the growing number of additional services the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) now offers to our members. As a grassroots organization, OFA has listened to what’s on the minds of our members, and we understand the tools needed to continue to support their farm businesses. We’ve heard from members who are worried about the complexities of passing their farm businesses to the next generation, and it was clear to us that there was a need for programs and promotions that can help navigate the complications of succession planning. Because of this the OFA has recently partnered

with Farm Life – a succession planning group that only works with farm families – to help get conversations started and succession plans developed on how to pass your farm harmoniously through the generations. Farm Life was founded when the owner and his family tragically lost their father, and their family faced the consequences of not having the right plan in place and the family farm was lost. OFA wants to help members start the “what if” conversations about succession planning, and the new partnership with Farm Life offers some incentives to help make that happen starting with a complimentary consultation. Farm Life brings farm families together to have courageous conversations about the future of their farm and completes a tax efficient succession plan. OFA is helping by offering preferred rates on succession planning to assist farmers to build a plan that protects both the family harmony and the legacy of the farm. Succession cont'd pg.2


Succession Planning cont'd.

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CropTracker Workshop

OFA’s Benefit Program brings together exclusive services and programs to complement farm businesses to offer additional value to OFA members. With more than a dozen partners, OFA members can access a wide range of special services and programs from farm vehicles to insurance, farm supply, communications and banking. Full details of all OFA’s benefit partners are available at

Scholarship Available 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. 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 scholarship to view and print and application. Applications can be mailed to: PO Box 100, Vineland Station, ON L0R 2E0 Attn: NPF & VGA Scholarship Committee OR emailed to: (preferred)

Gramoxone Reminder As mandated by the PMRA, Syngenta is no longer offering to sell the current formulation of Gramoxone. The last day that retailers could sell this product was September 30, 2017. Growers may continue to use the current formulation of Gramoxone during the 2018 season. After December 31, 2018, this formulation of Gramoxone must not be used and must be properly disposed of.

Another successful CropTracker workshop was held on March 7th in St. Catharines. Throughout the day growers learned about using the webite and mobile app for reporting, mapping, spray plans and records, harvest, storage, packing, shipping/receiving, labour tracking and production practices. A new blog post for setting up a secure Punch Clock Kiosk using "screen pinning" can be found here: and a post concerning rural connectivity - its issues and solutions - will be coming soon. The Croptracker team would like to thank everyone who attended. As always, if you ever have any questions or issues, contact or use the chat icon on the website (the button is in the bottom-right). Visit for more information and to register today.

Save the Date Yes, it's that time again - Back by popular demand! Niagara Agri-Food Golf Tournament Willodell Golf of Niagara Club

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018 Please mark the date on your calendar. Look for your invitation in the coming weeks.

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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 OTFPMB – District Annual Meeting 1:00pm Annual Meeting 2:00 pm – Cedar Springs Updates 2:30pm – Ken Linington Labour Issues Updates 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 and Crop CAP grower funding programs 5:00 p.m. Award of Merit – presented to Craig Hunter 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


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12:00pm. Tuesday March 27, 2018 Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Kingsville, Ontario

Agenda: 12:00pm


OTFG – District Annual Meeting 1:00 p.m. Annual Meeting o Minutes – March 28, 2017 o Auditors Report and Financial Statements - Larissa o Chairman’s Report o Manager’s Report o Elections o Other Business 2:00pm John Zandstra Cedar Springs Update 2:30pm Labour Issues Coordinating Committee – Ken Linington

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DISTRICT 5 ANNUAL MEETING Wednesday March 28th, 2018 Blue Elephant Restaurant Simcoe 11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting • Minutes – March 29, 2017 • Auditor’s Report and Financial Statements- Larissa • Chairman’s Report • Manager’s report • Elections • Other Business Lunch


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DISTRICT 1 and 2 ANNUAL MEETING March 29 2018 Time: Date: Place:

3:00 p.m. Thursday March 29, 2018 Hernder Winery, St Catharines

Annual Meeting 3:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Voter Registration Business Section • Minutes- March 30, 2017 • Auditor’s Report and Financial Statements – Randy Momot • Chairman’s Report – Phil Tregunno • Secretary’s Report – Sarah Marshall • Other business Guest Speaker – Ontario Soil and Crop CAP grower funding programs Award of Merit – presented to Craig Hunter Elections Dinner

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Un-Conventional Thinking:

Adapting to a changing tree fruit and grape landscape

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March 29, 2018, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Rittenhouse Hall, OMAFRA, Vineland Station

8:00 a.m. -

Registration, social, refreshments

8:30 a.m. -

Intro: Current status of conventional and biopesticides

9:00 a.m. -

Nutrition: A balanced whole-systems approach - Pat Johnson, N.M. Bartlett Inc.

9:30 a.m. -

Product showcase: Suppliers of biopesticides - AEF Global, Acadian Plant Health, Bayer Crop Science, CBC America Certis USA, Engage Agro

10:30 a.m. -


10:45 a.m. -

Product showcase: Suppliers of biopesticides - Neudorff, Intelligro, Stockton Ag, Sylvar, UAP

11:30 a.m. -

A farmer's perspective: Q & A session with growers

12:15 p.m. -



RSVP by March 22 to: or 905-562-1631 For more information, contact:

Wendy McFadden-Smith at Matt Peters at

Sponsored by:


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News Release

Ray Duc receives 2017 NPF&VGA Award of Merit March 9, 2018 – St. Catharines, ON

For immediate release

The Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association (NPF&VGA) are pleased to announce that Ray Duc was named as the recipient of their 2017 Award of Merit at a special event held at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre on March 8th. “I have learned many things over the years serving on boards and committees, and the experience continues to be invaluable. My family has always been very supportive of my commitments, for which I am also thankful.” said Ray Duc. “I couldn’t be prouder to receive this award from my son, Jeffery, who also understands the role of a chairman. It’s about listening, even when you want to steer things in a certain direction, you have to trust your Board to make decisions on what’s best for the industry. We need more young men and women to get involved and bring fresh, innovative ideas forward so that we can continue to be a successful and sustainable sector. I’m honoured to be recognized by my fellow growers in this way, and the NPF&VGA.” “This is the 3rd year I have been fortunate enough to present this award to someone who I truly admire; someone who has shown outstanding dedication to the agricultural industry in Ontario.” said Jeff Duc, President, NPF&VGA. “And my father is no exception.” “While Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) from 2003 to 2007, Ray was integral to the growth of Ontario’s grape and wine industry. He has continued to advocate for, and support Ontario’s grape growers through his involvement with various agricultural organizations including as a Director and former Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). The Grape Growers of Ontario thank Ray for his commitment and congratulate him on this well-deserved award.” said Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair, GGO. Ray farms with his son and brother-in-law, Don Forrer, on a third-generation family farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake, growing grapes and tender fruit, and is a partner in Forrer Farms. In addition to his role as past Chair of GGO and OFVGA, Ray is and has been involved with Agricultural Adaptation Council, Farm & Food Care Ontario, Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Service and CANAG. Ray is also on the Advisory Committee for the Greenbelt Foundation. - 30 The Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association represents approximately 700 growers who are engaged in the growing and marketing of fruits and vegetables in the region of Niagara, and in those portions of the Regions of HamiltonWentworth and Haldimand-Norfolk bounded by Highway #6 and the Grand River. The 2018 NPF&VGA Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm at the Grape and Tender Fruit Ontario Ltd. Board Office located at 1634 South Service Road, St. Catharines. The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 500 actively producing grape growers of 17,000 acres in the province’s three viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County, and the emerging Norfolk County. For more information please contact: Jeff Duc President, NPFVGA 905-658-7411

Debbie Zimmerman CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario 905-401-2471

Ontario Tender Fruit Growers Newsletter March 2018  
Ontario Tender Fruit Growers Newsletter March 2018