Onario Berry Growers Association

Berry Growers Program

The Berry Growers of Ontario (BGO) is a provincial organization, which represents blueberry, raspberry and strawberry growers by funding industry promotion and research activities.

BGO is having their first annual meeting February 20, 2018, followed by the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) Feb 21-22, 2018. These three days will be full of pest management, production and marketing information to help berry growers succeed in the 2018 season. Scientists and berry experts are joining the BGO to share their experiences and research results on a variety of issues and opportunities, including managing strawberry anthracnose and viruses, labour management, innovative production practices and different marketing strategies.

The BGO program is divided into two days. The first day is held Tuesday, February 20 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Niagara Falls. The second day, Wednesday, February 21, is part of the OFVC sessions held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls. Please note OFVC sessions require the purchase of a registration package.

DAY 2, Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Day 1, Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BERRIES, Embassy Suites Hotel

9:00 Introduction and Welcome

9:10 Ontario Strawberry and Raspberry Virus Survey
Erica Pate and Mike Celetti, OMAFRA

9:25 Berry Production and Marketing on our Farm - Grower Profile
Paul Henrie, Orleans Fruit Farm

10:10 Berry Growers of Ontario First Strategic Plan
James Farrar, Jayeff Partners

10:40 Strawberry Anthracnose Resistance and Management Project
Mike Celetti, OMAFRA

11:10 Mini Berries – A Crazy Idea?
Adam Dale, University of Guelph

11:30 Managing Anthracnose: Current Work on Host Resistance, Forecasting Models and other IPM Tactics
Frank Louws, North Carolina State University, USA

12:15 BGO Annual Meeting

Afternoon sessions divided into 2 tracks: Marketing and Production

2:00 Festivals and Events Ontario
Dave MacNeil, Festivals and Events Ontario

2:30 Festivals and Events Ontario
Debbie Mann, Festivals and Events Ontario

2:45 On-Farm Festivals
Paul Brooks, Brooks Farm


2:00 Growing Your Own Straw – Wheat Selections and other Possibilities
Joanna Follings, OMAFRA; Erica Pate; Deanna Nemeth, OMAFRA

2:30 Understanding the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
Carrie Raymond-Gardner, Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Service

2:45 Labour Savings - Employee Management Panel
Dusty Zamecnik; Morris Gervais; Rudy Heeman

3:30 Round Table Discussions
1. Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, Carrie Raymond-Gardner
2. Growing Straw, Joanna Follings and Deanna Nemeth
3. On-farm Festivals
4. Disease Management, Mike Celetti, Frank Louws

5:00 Adjourn

7:30 Hospitality Suite