November 24, 2017, Toronto, Ont – The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission recently announced the establishment of a new Berry Growers of Ontario (BGO) marketing board under Ontario Regulation 383/17 (Berries – Plan) of the Farm Products Marketing Act.
The new organization will represent Ontario blueberry, raspberry and strawberry growers.
Under the regulation, the commission was required to appoint members to serve on BGO’s first board of directors. The appointed directors include:
Blueberry Growers Kerry CopestakeBrambleberry FarmWooler, ON Steve KustermansKustermans Berry FarmsMt. Brydges, ON
Dusty ZamecnikEZ Grow FarmsLangton, ON
Kevin HoweG & M Howe & Sons Ltd.Aylmer, ON
Graham ShawTaylor Strawberry FarmWindermere, ON
Matt TigchelaarTigchelaar Berry FarmJordan, ON Raspberry Growers
Alex McKayWillowtree FarmPort Perry, ON
Tom HeemanHeeman Strawberry FarmThames Centre, ON
Brian RijkeDentz Orchards & Berry FarmIroquois, ON
Member terms began on November 15, 2017, and will end upon the first meeting of a newly elected board in 2018. In 2018, all directors will be elected by producer members.
While Ontario Regulation 383/17 establishes BGO and defines its governance framework, Ontario Regulation 428/17: Berries – Marketing delegates BGO powers to regulate the production and marketing of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in Ontario. The proposed marketing regulation would give BGO the powers to license berry growers; set and collect licence fees; require berry growers to provide information and establish an industry advisory committee.
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