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May 2022
As we head into warmer months, we hope the weather co-operates and growers have a successful growing season.
Earlier this month, we held a very successful advocacy event, Farm to Plate, in Ottawa alongside the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. A total of 27 produce industry representatives from across Canada met with key decision-makers in Ottawa to discuss top areas of concern, including establishing a financial protection mechanism for produce growers and sellers, prioritizing access to food, promoting supply chain resiliency and competitiveness, all to support a sustainable fresh produce sector.
We were very excited that the private member’s Bill C-234 sponsored by Conservative MP Ben Lobb, the representative for Huron-Bruce (Ontario), passed second reading in the House of Commons on May 18 and was referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food for consideration. This bill would amend the federal government’s carbon pricing legislation to provide an exemption from the carbon tax for natural gas and propane used on-farm for grain drying, heating and cooling livestock barns and greenhouses, steam flaking, and irrigation. More information on Bill C-234 can be found here.
Finally, we encourage you to keep a close eye on our communications as we will be celebrating our centennial at an event near you this summer! 

Rebecca Lee
Executive Director
Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada

FVGC's policy team is growing!
In order to meet the growing needs of our sector and tackle emerging policy objectives, Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada has added a second Manager, Policy and Government Relations to join our team. Our new manager will be focused on the two areas of Trade & Marketing and Energy, Environment & Climate Change, to represent our members effectively in these two rapidly growing and changing files.
Angela Reid brings nearly two decades of government relations, communications, and public relations experience to FVGC. Prior to joining FVGC, Angela was a Senior Policy Advisor at Colleges and Institutes Canada and previously held the position of Government Relations Officer at the Canadian Nuclear Association.
Robyn McKee, who has been with FVGC since 2018, returned from maternity leave in February. Robyn will be managing the Business Risk Management, Labour, and Industry Standards & Food Safety files.
Before joining FVGC, Robyn held various roles in the Ontario Public Service, and worked for several years for an Official Opposition Member of Parliament.
While Robyn and Angela will have their own areas of focus, they will work closely together on joint projects on behalf of the sector.
2022 – 2023 Crop Profiles
The Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada (FVGC) are continuing their collaboration with AAFC’s Pest Management Centre to update 23 horticultural crop profiles. These web-published documents provide a snapshot of production, pests and pest management for a crop or crop group. The profiles support priority setting for both the Pesticide Risk Reduction and Minor Use Pesticides Teams of the Pest Management Centre are used by Health Canada, and are also an information resource for industry. Thirty-three crop profiles have been developed and are available from the Government of Canada's Publications page or Crop Profiles page.
The fruit and vegetable crop profiles are updated on a three-year cycle. As part of the update process, detailed information on pest occurrence, the use of integrated pest management practices, and grower pest management issues is collected from stakeholders in the main producing provinces of each crop.
In 2022 - 2023, the crop profiles for strawberry, raspberry, cherry (sweet and sour), peach, cranberry, apple, grape, and pear are once again scheduled for updating. Information is to be collected this fall and winter, through electronic forms, in key producing provinces for these crops.
 Growers as solution providers to climate change

Canadian producers are increasingly asked to act as solution providers to climate change.  In May 2022, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute released a report called Translating Science to Policy: Approaches to increase soil carbon sequestration in Canada’s croplands. The report found that strategies to enhance carbon sequestration across Canada should differ and meet local needs. There are three levers to increase soil carbon sequestration. The 1st lever is to increase photosynthesis rate per unit of soil area both in space and time by adopting practices including cover crops and diversified crop rotations. The 2nd lever is to maximize the amount of biomass returned to soil by integrating manure and leaving crop residue on fields. The 3rd lever is to reduce soil carbon outputs through organic matter mineralization by adopting practices such as reduced tillage.
More information may be found here.
Fresh produce sector is feeling the impacts of rising input costs and supply chain challenges in Canada and around the world
Cleanfarms 2021 Annual Report shows substantial increases in ag material recycling
Cleanfarms has released its 2021 annual report, documenting the full results of its permanent programs and pilot projects designed and operated to help Canadian farmers manage agricultural plastic products and packaging.
Most important in the 2021 results is that Cleanfarms saw substantial growth in the collection numbers for the materials it collects for recycling and responsible disposal across the country, suggesting that more farmers are using the services Cleanfarms offers and bringing back more materials. For example, the number of small plastic pesticide and fertilizer jugs climbed from about 700,000 containers to 6.2 million containers collected for recycling, up a full 12.5 per cent over the year before. Learn more here.
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Precision methods tested in Québec experimental apple orchard
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