Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers

October ENewsletter

OPVG News - October, 2021

OPVG Newsletter
October 2021 Edition
REGULATION/POLICY UPDATE
TSSA: A Reminder to Report Agricultural Boilers and Pressure Vessels
Owners and operators of existing agricultural boilers and pressure vessels (BPVs) should report their devices to TSSA following the revocation of the regulatory exemption on agricultural BPVs on July 1, 2021.
Please click button below to read TSSA's News Bulletin for all information, resources and forms to complete the reporting process.
Recording Available- Lunch Time Talks: Research Extension Event
OPVG virtual research extension event was held on August 25, 2021. A lunch time presentation with 5 Ontario based processing vegetable researchers. Many topics were discussed from general weed control to cover crop benefits, and more specific information on green beans, sweet corn and green pea research. For the full agenda and video recording please visit our website.
BOARD UPDATE
Board Member Elections
Growers will be receiving information about elections for open Board Member positions. The Board has selected Canlead Solutions, same as the previous year, as the Returning Officer for Board Member elections. The nomination period is October 4 - 18. District 1 will vote in two Board Members. District 2 and District 3 will vote in one Board Member each. Contact our office if you have questions about the process.
Upcoming Meeting for Growers of Bonduelle Crops
On October 27 at 1:00pm, a virtual meeting will be held to elect growers to the 2022 negotiating committees for Bonduelle green peas, sweet corn, lima beans, green & wax beans and squash. An email with details was sent to all Bonduelle growers. If you have not received the email, please contact the OPVG office. Rob Anderson will present an update on behalf of Bonduelle prior to the elections.
Upcoming Meeting for Cucumber Growers
A virtual meeting is scheduled for November 3 at 9:00am to elect growers to the 2022 cucumber negotiating committees. An email with the details will be sent to all cucumber growers shortly. Hartung will address the meeting with a State of the Union prior to the elections.
MARKET INTELLIGENCE
We are pleased to announce that OPVG now sits on the Foodland Ontario Marketing Committee in an effort to explore marketing opportunities for OPVG. A few meetings are underway and we look forward to this collaboration and support.
Mother Nature has created a challenging year for growers, due to excessive rain and heat in many regions. Harvest season 2021 is winding down and numbers will be published in future newsletters as details are received. Thank you for your hard work!
RESOURCES
Resources, Crisis Lines and Websites across Canada
Everyone faces challenges from time to time. Maybe reaching out will help you through the struggle or help you carry it better.
  • Mental health
  • Gambling problems
  • Addiction issues
  • Counselling
COMMUNITY
Faces Behind Food
We have joined Farm & Food Care Ontario in a marketing effort to highlight a few of our growers and their work on the farm. On August 20, we appreciated the opportunity to visit Paton Farms in Mount Elgin. It was a pleasure hearing about the day-in and day-out hard work put into the green bean, sweet corn and lima bean crops.
green bean
Green bean sprout reaching for the sunlight
Lima beans looking fantastic
We can taste the sweetness of this corn already
Out in the field taking photos and video footage
CONNECT WITH US
Ontario Agriculture Week!
This year, we celebrate Ontario Agriculture Week October 4-10, 2021. Ag Week is dedicated to celebrating the abundance of food our farmers produce, the Ontarians our industry employs, the rural communities we support and the economic engine we fuel. Follow us on Twitter @ONProcessingVeg
National Pickle Day - Social Media Campaign
National Pickle Day is coming up on Sunday, November 14! For the week leading up to Pickle Day, OPVG's Twitter account will be sharing fun facts, recipes and other great media about cucumbers and pickles. Cucumber growers, we would love to see some photos/videos of your crop during harvest! Follow us on Twitter @ONProcessingVeg
Research - Looking for Your Input
In November, research proposals are due from our researchers. OPVG wants to guide the process toward topics that are needed and will benefit processing vegetable growers. What research is beneficial to you and your farm? We appreciate your suggestions on research priorities and crop challenges that affect your farm. Email us at opvg@opvg.org. We look forward to your response!
2021 Share Your Best Shots - 4th Annual Photo Contest
Our annual photo contest is open and we want your pictures! The winner in each category wins a cash prize. For more details on eligibility, please go to our website www.opvg.org
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