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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


  • 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


    • 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 = 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


  • 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


  • 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


    • 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


    • 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


    • 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

    New business
    New Business

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