For growers, the fear of an outbreak is real – not just of the obvious health implications, but also the broader economic impact an outbreak and associated quarantine-induced shutdown will bring.
Growers this year are facing a plethora of additional costs and challenges to maintain compliance with new layers of regulations and ensure the health and safety of their workers writes Bill George.
If there’s one thing that this pandemic has made very clear, it’s that Canada needs to do a better job of meeting its own needs – especially when it comes to food. Bill George argues that cheap food over the long run is not sustainable.
OFVGA continues to lobby for adequate supports for Ontario horticulture, the province’s second largest agricultural sector.
After one year as chair of OFVGA, grape grower Bill George points to the success of industry engagement with the provincial government in keeping the Ontario Food Terminal at its current Etobicoke location.
OFVGA recently hosted its second Queen’s Park outreach day, strengthening relationships with local MPPs and ministers.
In Ontario, a compressed growing and harvesting season was only one of many issues in 2019 writes OFVGA chair Bill George Jr.
Fall is a great time to give some thought to becoming involved in farm politics, writes Bill George. Volunteer your time to make a difference for fellow growers.
The number of issues affecting horticulture seems to multiply. Bill George underscores the importance of building a relationship with local candidates.
Weather plus trade wars are making business planning unpredictable.That’s why OFVGA continues to strengthen federal and provincial relationships in case of a rainy day.