November 2021 Newsletter

OPVG News - November 2021

OPVG Newsletter
November 2021 Edition
Board Member Elections for 2022
The nomination period concluded with acclamations of Ron VanDamme and Ryan Leclair for District 1 and Dan Froese for District 3. There will be an election in District 2 between the following candidates, Tracy Gubbels and Eric Allaer. Candidate profiles can be found on the OPVG website or by clicking here
The voting period runs November 18 - 29. Watch for details from our Returning Officer, Canlead Solutions. Final results will be announced on December 3.
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
New Omnibus Legislation Introduced:
The Working for Workers Act, 2021
We would like you to be aware of the legislation introduced by Minister McNaughton on October 25. If passed, it would bring in a number of new measures impacting workers and employers. For example;
  • Allow the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to collect information related to the agri-food workforce to ensure the government can enhance the coordination of services such as vaccination and testing, and respond to issues that may arise.
For more information, click the links below:
Upcoming Meeting for Hartung Cucumber Growers
A virtual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3 at 9:00am to elect growers to the 2022 cucumber negotiating committees. An email was sent to all cucumber growers on October 4 with meeting details and a Zoom invitation. Dan Hartung of Hartung Brothers Inc. will address the meeting with a State of the Union prior to the elections.
Annual District Meetings
Mark your calendar for the upcoming Annual District Meetings. Further details will be sent via email closer to the dates.
District 3 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm - EMC Church, Straffordville
District 2 Annual Meeting
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm - Amy's Restaurant, Strathroy
District 1 Annual Meeting
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm - John D. Bradley Centre, Chatham
Bonduelle Crops Grower Meeting
State of the Union from Bonduelle
On October 27, OPVG held a virtual grower meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Rob Anderson of Bonduelle Canada addressed the group regarding this year's harvest season.
During his address, he noted the following:
Fulfillment focus on Green Peas was 100% of pack for canned product with 92% achieved for frozen, despite weather challenges.
Sweet Corn achieved 102% of pack for canned and 90% for frozen.
93% of pack for Squash was fulfilled.
Green and Wax Beans were 98% of pack.
Lima Bean yield was down 10%.
Carrots are still underway but all processable product looked good.
Grower Negotiation Committees Formed
Following the Bonduelle address, growers nominated their peers to negotiation committees for Green Peas, Squash, Lima Beans, Green and Wax Beans and Sweet Corn.
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. More details will be provided in future newsletters as harvest information is received.
Green Peas - 13,095 contracted acres and 13,038 harvested acres for a total harvested tonnage of 29,710
Cucumbers- 40,722 contracted tons and 29,168 harvested tons
Risk Management Training Workshops
In December, Farm Management Canada is offering a FREE Risk Management Training Workshop. The workshop is designed to train producers on risk assessment and how to implement a comprehensive risk management plan for their farm. These workshops book up quickly. Click the link below for more information and to register.
Safety Connection Webinars
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), is offering a series of FREE live webinars specifically for agri-food businesses. These webinars deliver information on how to manage and identify transmission risks to protect an employer's workforce from Covid-19. The webinars will run from November 2 until January 18. Click the link below for more information and to register.
McGill Researcher- Farm Study Participation
A graduate student of McGill University is working on a project for the department of agricultural economics addressing the role of different marketing channels on produce growers' behaviour and harvesting decisions, particularly as it relates to farm-level loss.
If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact directly. The survey is about growers’ primary distribution channel, products grown, and the amount of unharvested or composted produce. The survey is anonymous and conducted completely online. 
The OPVG Bursary Program is now open! Click on the graphic below to see the bursary eligibility details and application form.
National Pickle Day - Social Media Campaign
National Pickle Day is coming up on Sunday, November 14! For the week leading up to Pickle Day, we will be sharing fun facts, recipes and other media about cucumbers and pickles on Twitter. Send us photos or videos of your processing cucumber crop during harvest! Follow us on Twitter @ONProcessingVeg
Research - Looking for Your Input
In November, OPVG will be accepting research proposals for the 2022 year. We appreciate your suggestions about crop challenges that affect your farm. Email us at 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 processing vegetable pictures! The winner in each category wins a cash prize. For more details on eligibility, please go to our website
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