December 2021 Newsletter

OPVG News - December 2021

OPVG Newsletter
December 2021 Edition
2022 Board of Directors
The election for the 2022 Board member position in District 2 has concluded with Tracy Gubbels being elected. In District 3, Dan Froese was acclaimed and in District 1, Ron VanDamme and Ryan Leclair were acclaimed.
Your new Board of Directors for 2022:
  • Dave Hope, Chair
  • Carl Merrick
  • Tom Keller
  • Neil Reimer
  • Chris Stewart
  • Dan Froese
  • Tracy Gubbels
  • Ron VanDamme
  • Ryan Leclair
The first meeting of the 2022 Board is scheduled for December 16, 2021 at which time elections for the two Vice Chair positions will take place.
A special thank you to our departing Board member, Mike Lenders.
Strategic Planning Process
The Board is currently in the process of developing a 2022-2025 Strategic Plan. We have invited feedback from processors, industry representatives and our growers at District meetings.
During the planning process, we identified our Vision Statement as:
OPVG: Catalyst for sustained growth and innovation in processing vegetables
We have also identified the Strategic Intents:
Strategic Intent 1: Improve effectiveness of OPVG’s governance structure
Strategic Intent 2: Improve effectiveness and efficiency of the negotiating process
Strategic Intent 3: Improve communication with growers and processors
Strategic Intent 4: Build long term confidence in the processing vegetable industry
The document will be available to all members upon completion.
Annual District Meetings
The District 2 and District 3 meetings have taken place.
District 1 Annual Meeting
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm - John D. Bradley Centre, Chatham
Crop Statistics 2021 Harvest
*Crop numbers are preliminary and subject to change
At time of publishing, we are able to report on the following crops. Information will be updated in future newsletters as harvest information is received.
Green Peas - 13,095 contracted acres; 15,256 planted acres; 13,038 harvested acres; 29,710 harvested tons
Cucumbers- 2,082 contracted acres; 40,722 contracted tons; 29,168 delivered tons
Tomatoes- 548,185 contracted tons; 442,454 harvested tons
Green and Wax Beans- 4,316 contracted acres; 7,055 planted acres; 6,529 harvested acres; 27,238 harvested tons
Lima Beans- 3,008 contracted acres; 4,709 planted acres; 4,689 harvested acres
Sweet Corn - 8,906 contracted acres; 10,957 planted acres; 10,452 harvested acres; 80,753 harvested tons
Squash - 2,892 contracted tons; 2,700 harvested tons
Carrots - 38,400 contracted tons (harvest data expected by mid December)
Onions - 1,587 contracted tons
2022 Negotiations - We Welcome Your Feedback
Cucumber negotiations are currently underway with the next meeting scheduled for December 9. The deadline is December 15.
Negotiations for green peas, green and wax beans, lima beans, squash and sweet corn are scheduled to begin in the new year.
The Negotiating Committees would appreciate your feedback prior to the start of the negotiating process. In particular, they would like to hear from you about:
  • Challenges/Successes for the 2021
  • Thoughts regarding pricing
  • Potential enhancements to contract terms
Registration for the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program webinar on December 7, 2021
OMAFRA is expanding the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program to help more agri-food businesses guard against the spread of COVID-19 in agri-food workplaces so that worker/employee health and safety is protected, and the sector is supported.
As of November 17, 2021, the guidelines for this program have been updated, including the deadline to submit applications, which has now been extended until February 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM
On December 7, 2021, OMAFRA is holding a province-wide webinar for all eligible businesses interested in applying for support under the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program.
To register for the webinar, please use this link to receive the Zoom meeting details: Webinar - Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program.
Email or call 1-877-424-1300 with any questions.
OPVG hit the streets on Saturday, November 27 to educate the public about our growers and the processing vegetable industry. The event theme "Our Local Food Story" was held downtown as part of the week-long events prior to the Canadian Country Music Association Awards being held in London the following week.
Sharing information and gaining awareness with the local crowds in downtown London. Many people were amazed that farms in the surrounding area have their vegetables harvested and processed within 100kms of each other.
Our team at the booth - Angela, Melissa, Colleen and friendly bystander (left to right)
2021 Share Your Best Shots - 4th Annual Photo Contest
Our annual photo contest is open and we want your processing vegetable pictures! The winner in each category wins a cash prize. For more details on eligibility, please go to our website
Office Holiday Hours
The OPVG office will be closed on Friday, December 24 and re-open on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
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