The Ontario Berry Growers Association is a provincial organization, which represents strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, currant, gooseberry and other berry growers by funding industry promotion and research activities.

The OBGA program during the convention is divided into two days. The first day, Tuesday, February 21, will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Niagara Falls. The second day, Wednesday, February 22, is part of the OFVC sessions and will be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls. OFVC sessions require the purchase of a registration package.

Download the entire 2 day berry program

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Embassy Suites Hotel

9:00 am Introduction and Welcome

9:10 am Berry Production and Marketing on our Farm - Grower Profile
Jenn and Dave VanDeVelde, Wholesome Pickins, Delhi, ON

10:00 am Fruit Tracker - A New Tool for Berry Growers
Matt Deir, Dragonfly Information Technology

10:45 am Labour Efficiencies for Horticulture
John Van de Vegte, OMAFRA

11:15 pm Farm Labour Update - Hot Topics and Upcoming Issues
Ken Linington, Labour Issues Coordinating Committee

11:45 am OBGA Price Survey
Kevin Schooley

12:00 Marketing Board Update
Jenn VanDeVelde

12:15 Annual Meeting

1:45 pm Hot New Crops
Evan Elford, OMAFRA

Chairperson: Erica Pate, Farm Marketing Specialist, OMAFRA

2:00 pm Consumer Motivation Survey Results
Kelly Ward, Foodland Ontario

2:30 pm Food Bloggers - Get Them Working for You
Ted Willey, Norfolk County

3:00 pm Staging and Presenting your Product
Erin McLean, Luke Charbonneau, Kelty McKay


2:00 pm Thrips control in strawberry - Insecticides and biocontrol Methods
Justin Renkema, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, University of Florida

2:30 pm Monitoring Soil Moisture - How to Avoid the "Too little Too Late" Approach to Irrigation
Rebecca Shortt, OMAFRA

3:00 pm Does your Sprayer Need a Nozzelectomy? A Case Study in Strawberry
Jason Deveau, OMAFRA

3:45 pm Round Tables
1. Evan Elford - Hot New Crops

2. Ken Linington - Farm Labour Updates - Q and A

3. Marketing Round Table - How to Run an Effective PYO Operation

5:00 pm Adjourn

7:30 pm OBGA social time and refreshments

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Berry Sessions are part of OFVC
Scotiabank Convention Centre
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