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Growers’ Canada Summer Meeting. August 20, 2013 Montreal, QC. Agenda. Plant Health and Regulatory Updates Business Risk Management Nursery Certification IPM / Minor Use Updates Export Market Development Research Updates Other: ________________________ ____________________________.

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growers canada summer meeting

Growers’ Canada Summer Meeting

August 20, 2013

Montreal, QC

agenda
Agenda
  • Plant Health and Regulatory Updates
  • Business Risk Management
  • Nursery Certification
  • IPM / Minor Use Updates
  • Export Market Development
  • Research Updates
  • Other: ________________________

____________________________

plant health and regulatory updates
Plant Health and Regulatory Updates
  • NAPPRA
    • Current status and what’s next
  • Updates on ongoing issues:
    • Apple Ermine Moth
    • Japanese Apple Rust, Pear Trellis Rust
    • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
    • Asian Long Horn Beetle (ALHB)
    • Bamboo Stakes
    • Plum Pox Virus (PPV)
    • Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma (APP)
    • Japanese Barberry
nappra
NAPPRA
  • NAPPRA = Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Assessment
  • Includes two types of “not authorized plants”

Round One

        • Plants that are considered to be quarantine host plants
        • Went into effect May 20, 2013

Round Two

        • Plants that are considered to be hosts of quarantine pests
        • Comment period ended July 5th, 2013
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NAPPRA
  • Main impact to growers will be the need to provide proof of origin of NAPPRA plants
  • Is not of concern to exporters only! Exporters will need to know where YOU sourced your plants.
  • CFIA is looking for direction: How to best provide USDA with suitable documentation
  • CFIA has proposed to work with industry on information/awareness sessions
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NAPPRA
  • CNLA & Flowers Canada to meet with CFIA on Monday, August 26th, to answer the following:
    • Focus of information (what do you need to know)
    • What does CFIA need to know about the industry related to providing proof of origin documentation
    • What is best delivery method?
        • Industry meetings? Webinars? Nursery and floriculture combined or separate?
        • Other considerations?
misc updates
Misc. Updates
  • Apple Ermine Moth
    • Difference in support from Ontario and BC
    • Deregulation supported in principle by CFIA
    • Dereg process hindered by “lack of resources”
    • Shelved for now, hopefully a temporary set-back
  • Japanese Apple Rust, Pear Trellis Rust
    • Deregulation of both generally supported by all industry across Canada,
    • Deregulation hindered by lack of resources
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Misc. Updates
  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
    • Continues to spread across Ontario & Quebec
    • “slow the spread” strategies are a collaboration between CFIA and other partners, such as municipalities, etc.
    • Expansion of regulated areas to include all high-risk corridors (effective April 1, 2014)
    • Limited release of parasitic wasps as biological control started in 2013 (by MNR)
    • See RMD-13-01 for more details (CFIA website)
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Misc. Updates
  • Asian Long Horn Beetle
    • Was confined to very localized area of north west GTA (area under quarantine)
    • Considered eradicated on April 5th, 2013
      • see newsbrief of April 23rd
    • Eradication efforts over 10 years, three years of no positives to be considered eradicated
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Misc. Updates
  • Bamboo Stakes
      • Movement regulations are jurisdiction of CFIA’s forestry department (as opposed to horticulture)
    • Fumigation regulations are more stringent in US than in Canada
    • Canada will not change regs as fumigation requires use of Methyl Bromide
    • Bamboo can enter Canada from US
      • Beware of strict paperwork requirements
    • Bamboo can not enter US from Canada, regardless of original source and even if it has first passed through US
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Misc. Updates
  • Plum Pox Virus (PPV)
    • Quarantine pest, affects large area in and around Niagara and St. Catharine’s
    • Prunuscistenais considered to be a host
          • therefore subject to restrictions on sales and propagation
    • CFIA/AAFC collaborated on two very costly eradication programs. Efforts were not renewed.
    • PPV is now under CFIA “management program”
          • “Monitoring program” would be better term
    • Positives were detected in 2013, no word yet on whether or not quarantine area to be expanded
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Misc. Updates
  • Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma (APP)
    • Serious disease in Europe affecting commercial apple production
    • Found in Nova Scotia, propagativetracebacks to Oregon supplier, but no positives found there by USDA-APHIS
    • Orchard in NS under quarantine
    • Further surveys to be conducted by CFIA and USDA before determining next steps
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Misc. Updates
  • Japanese Barberry
    • List of new varieties to import to Canada was updated in ?? (after many years of work by CNLA)
    • Many new varieties developed since then that can not be imported to Canada
    • The process is considered by CFIA to be “do-able” but very resource intensive
    • Process subject to approval from Canada’s grain industry
    • Probably not forthcoming due to unknown implications of UG 99 strain of wheat rust
canada us trade
Canada – US trade
  • USDA have made much-needed administrative upgrades to their Q-37 regulations
      • Q-37 is the USDA-APHIS regulation that governs the importation of plants for planting
      • Call CNLA office if more details are required
  • CFIA and USDA-APHIS to engage in talks on North American Perimeter Approach (NAPA) for the expedited movement of plant materials as part of their Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) strategies
business risk management
Business Risk Management
  • AgriStability
  • AgriInvest
  • Production Insurance
  • Advance Payments Program
agristability
AgriStability
  • All BRM programs have been cut back in the new Growing Forward 2
  • Coverage reduced to 70% from the previous 85%
  • Formula allows for increased payouts in the event of “extreme” losses
  • Effective April 1, 2013
  • See handouts for more details
agriinvest
AgriInvest
  • Has also been cut back in GF2
  • Objective of program is to assist growers in dealing with small margin declines
  • Savings account with matching government contributions
  • New cap on percentage of ANS, from 1.5% to 1%,(from $22,500/yr to $15,000/yr.)
  • See handouts for more details
advanced payments program
Advanced Payments Program
  • Program Facts:
      • Up to $100,000 Interest-free
      • An additional $300,000 available at Prime Lending rate
      • Advances issued between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014
      • Applications deadline: February 28, 2014
      • Advances for products intended for sale between October 2013 and September 2014
      • Growers applying between April 2013 and September 30, 2013 require enrollment in Agristability
      • Applications submitted after October 1, 2013 do not require enrollment in Agristability
      • Growers indicate repayment dates which coincide with sales volumes
      • Advance(s) to be repaid no later than September 16, 2014
      • Proof of Sales documents must be submitted by time of last repayment
production insurance
Production Insurance
  • Currently no production insurance available to the nursery grower sector to cover plant losses
  • CNLA participated in PSRMP project in 2008-2010 to look at alternatives; length and complexity of inventory cycles made premiums unaffordable
  • Given the various losses due to weather incidents, there is some renewed interest to reinvestigate possible options
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Production Insurance
  • Flowers Canada has begun development of their Green Chip program as a result of the work done under PSRMP
      • addresses quarantine risk only at this time
      • Proposed as an industry-owned and managed fund
  • AAFC is expected to announce details of an AgriRisk program, there may be opportunities for industry to continue to investigate PI possibilities
nursery certification cnci
Nursery Certification (CNCI)
  • CNCI / Clean Plants program update
      • As of August 6, 2013
        • 85 nurseries participating in the program
        • 4 need to have their first external audit
        • 2 need to submit manual and have initial audit
        • 65 with P. ramorum module
        • 6 with C. buxicola and P. ramorum
        • 1 with C. buxicola only
        • 15 nurseries with no module
      • Discussion
        • Why the declining numbers and lack of participation in Ontario and Quebec?
        • Promotion strategies?
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Nursery Certification (CNCI)
  • New this year for Clean Plants
    • External audits reduced to once every three years
    • Random selection
    • Nurseries not undergoing external audits must conduct two internal audits per year and submit reports to the CNCI
  • Boxwood blight project still underway
    • Completion for October 31, 2013
certification cht
Certification (CHT)
  • CHT for nursery growers
    • Ongoing discussion about the need for CHT (individual certification) for nursery sector
      • Access to offshore workers
      • No direct contact with general public
      • Concern by provincial associations on extra burden for program delivery
    • Decision made in fall 2012 to not pursue further

HOWEVER ……….

cht for nursery sector
CHT for nursery sector
  • After two years of work by CNLA staff, HRSDC funding for nursery module was approved
  • Necessary to re-assess objectives and methodology
  • Program components to include:
    • Occupational standards
    • Training Manual
    • Certification Delivery
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CHT for nursery sector
  • Can we revisit methodology for delivery of certification program?
  • Grower advisor(s) required to participate on CNLA’s HR certification committee
export market development
Export Market Development
  • Third year to participate at IPM Essen with Canadian Grown booth (January 2013)
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Export Market Development
  • Due to world-wide economic slow-down, it is very difficult to translate interest into actual orders
  • Export market development project not actively pursued in 2013-14
  • Follow-up on leads, look at other possible opportunities for future?
    • Based on industry demand / leadership
rose breeding program
Rose breeding program
  • CNLA now managing affairs of Canadian Artists consortium and introduction program
  • Campfire introduced in 2013, very popular rose, international sales via License Agreement with Bailey Nurseries
  • Campfire open to propagation and sales by all Canadian growers beginning in 2014
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Rose breeding program
  • Vineland / CNLA rose breeding partnership is progressing very well
  • Rose group evaluated first selections from the program Aug. 13, 2013 at Vineland,
  • Hardiness testing will be done in the prairies
  • Vineland have added a black spot resistance research component
  • Continue to look for additional funding opportunities
research
Research
  • CNLA (COHA) have engaged with Vineland to submit cluster funding proposal to AAFC
  • Huge industry engagement process to determine priorities
  • Proposed projects cover a wide range of topics
  • Answer from AAFC still pending
  • Time to work on next cluster proposal is NOW
    • Template to follow soon for priority setting
grower of the year award
Grower of the Year Award
  • Sheridan Nurseries winner for second year of CNLA’s Grower of the Year Award
  • Is again a participant in the AIPH awards program
  • Only four finalists at AIPH level, so participation at that level is a challenge as well
  • Personal calls to grower by Growers’ Canada chair
  • Other suggestions to increase participation?
payroll remittance program
Payroll & Remittance Program
  • Grower calculates the amount owing to their migrant workers.
  • Grower accumulates the growers’ payroll and wire transfers total amount to the program trust bank account.
  • Grower sends list of card numbers, names and amounts to be loaded onto the workers’ cards to DCR.
  • DCR loads payroll amount to the appropriate workers’ cards.
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Payroll & Remittance Program
  • Worker receives a share pack
      • Two cards and sets of instructions
  • Keep one for payroll and send one to family or loved one.
  • Grower loads payroll amount
  • Card-to-Card transfer of funds from your card to your family’s card.
  • See handout for more details.
sku numbering system
SKU Numbering System
  • Development of a uniform SKU numbering system underway as a project by Landscape Ontario
  • Use local catalogues and International List of Plant Names (from Europe) as a plant reference source.
international events
International Events
  • CNLA made presentation to European Nurserystock Association (ENA) June 2013
  • AIPH Annual General Meetings and tours to be held in Niagara area, Sept. 8-12, 2013
  • NAPPO meetings to be held in Guelph, October 2013, with a visit to Niagara
  • IPPS-ER meetings in the Niagara area, summer 2014
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