More squeeze coming for tomato growers

Provincial government wants open marketing considered for processing vegetables

Ontario’s processing vegetable growers are being hit by more re-organization and uncertainty from government regulators. The provincial government and the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (OFPMC) is now pushing for open marketing at the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, especially for tomatoes, after already putting the sector through two years of changes. The OFPMC is the […] Read more

Dave Hope, former farmer and civil servant, is now the second chair to be appointed to the OPVG board.

OPVG conference sees new appointed chair, elected vice-chairs

The results of grower resolutions from the annual business meeting have not yet been made public as the meeting was closed

[UPDATED: Feb. 6, 2019] Delegates to the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers annual meeting continued to express their displeasure in resolutions over the way their organization has been rearranged over the past couple of years by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission. The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) held elections for two vice-chair positions at its annual […] Read more

Van Bommel resigns as processing vegetable growers board chair

To take on a role with the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission

Suzanne van Bommel has resigned her role as chair of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers. Van Bommel was appointed chair after the province’s administrator turned control of the OPVG back to a grower board made up of half elected and half appointed members. The board will be fully elected by growers after the organization’s annual […] Read more

David Epp is a board member of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers who farms near Leamington.

Processing vegetable growers elections contentious

Some growers at a district meeting of the organization walked out, but returned in time to vote

Ontario’s processing vegetable growers are pushing back against the provincial government’s takeover of their association’s board of directors in 2016. Resolutions coming to the annual meeting of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) include ones calling for the replacement of the members of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission and for an investigation into cancellation […] Read more

The chair of Ontario Goat feels there is still room for growth in Ontario’s goat industry, but it will happen at a slower rate.

Goat group continues to look for savings

The loss of a producer vote to create a goat checkoff last year continues to have effects

There’s no way around it for the Ontario Goat (OG) board of directors: A round of severe belt-tightening looms. Having endured the defeat of its proposal for a mandatory goat milk check-off during a Producer Expression of Opinion vote last year, the nine-member board must now explore how to continue its work under a significantly […] Read more


Chair, directors named for Ontario vegetable board

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has named a new chair and four directors for the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers board, with another four directors to be elected by growers this week. Suzanne van Bommel, a farm co-owner with a long history of work in the agriculture sector, has been appointed chair. The province dismissed […] Read more

Ontario redrafts vegetable grower organization governance

Ontario’s Farm Products Marketing Commission (OFPMC) is proposing a new governance structure for the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, which has been without a board of directors since March. The commission last week released proposed amendments to provincial Regulations 441 and 400, which would set up an eight-member OPVG board with an OFPMC-appointed chair. The amendments […] Read more

Ontario names trustee to break tomato impasse

The Ontario government has appointed a trustee to assume the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers’ power to negotiate 2017 contracts with processors for the growing of processing tomatoes in the province. The board of directors of the marketing board has been dismissed until new elections are held, as expected by the end of 2017. “I have […] Read more