Thanks to our Partners

Corporate Partners 2021

During this time of uncertainty, education and knowledge play key roles in supporting producers grow forward. Thanks to our corporate partners for their support in assisting OFVC to continue to provide Ontario horticultural stakeholders expertise and education to help them succeed.

Companies are listed alphabetically.

Premium Partners

Bayer CropScience Canada

Health for all, hunger for none. This is what drives us towards a better tomorrow. At Bayer, we believe human ingenuity can shape the future of agriculture. For more than 150 years, we’ve used science and imagination to advance health and nutrition. we strive to continually innovate our portfolio of horticulture products to improve farm productivity and sustainability. That means innovations like vayego® insecticide, the newest member of for horticultural products from Bayer, that provides long-lasting, residual control of problem pests like aphids. Our trusted family of superior crop protection products for horticultural includes Serenade® SOIL, a biological fungicide that protects vegetables (and strawberries) against diseases like Rhizoctania solani and Pythium spp., Luna Tranquility® fungicide, for exceptional preventative and systemic disease control in an all-in-one formulation and Sivanto® Prime insecticide for long-lasting residual control of key damaging pests like aphids and leafhoppers. Together, these products help you maximize your yield potential and return on investment, now and in the future.

Farm Credit Canada

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $38 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and food. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industries. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, we provide an appropriate return to our shareholder, and reinvest our profits back into the industries and communities we serve.

Kam's Grower Supply

Kam’s Grower Supply offers a complete line of biological agents (bios), crop protection products, PGRs, shade paint and plant nutrition products (foliar, water soluble fertilizer, straights, micros, organic, slow-release fertilizer) for the greenhouse floriculture, greenhouse vegetable, cannabis, and nursery markets. Kam’s service offerings include: testing of water, tissue, soil, and nutrient solutions, fertility recommendations, and before and after sales support. Kam’s is a family-owned business that has been growing every year since 2005 and has earned a reputation for supplying customers with quality products, fair pricing, responsive service, and reliable delivery. That is what Kam’s aims to do with every single order!

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association (OFVGA) has been advocating for fruit and vegetable farmers for over 160 years as a nationally recognized not-for-profit association. The sector is comprised of over 3,500 family farms, which support over 30,000 farm-based, non-family jobs in Ontario. Over 125 different fruit and vegetable crops are grown in Ontario.

Upper Canada Growers Ltd.

Upper Canada Growers Ltd. grows fruit trees and grape vines for the commercial wholesale market. UCG is headquartered in Niagara-on-the-lake with main field operations in Essex County, Ontario. UCG has developed relationships with plant breeders and propagators around the world, providing the best fruit tree quality possible to Canada. In conjunction with the University of Guelph, UCG leads the industry as the largest propagator of fruit trees from tissue culture for farmers all over the country. Fruit trees from tissue culture are by far the cleanest fruit trees available for purchase. They grow to be superior to any other type, from growth to yield, taste and disease resistance. We are proud to grow the best quality fruit trees with the latest rootstocks, varieties, and growing techniques.

Vineland Growers

Vineland Growers Co-operative has the distinction of being the longest continually run co-operative in Ontario. Vineland Growers was established in 1913, and since then has been owned and operated by Canadian farmers. For over 100 years, we have distributed peaches, nectarines, cherries, plums, grapes and pears, all grown on family farms. Vineland Growers has always been committed to the family farm and sustaining the industry for generations to come. Vineland Growers has continuously upheld the highest standard of safety and handling practices through our commitment to our customers and growers. We have fostered innovation and worked to continually improve services and processes. Over the years Vineland has made significant advances in its cold storage technology, packaging innovations and fruit varieties. As a co-operative we provide transportation and logistics, storage and packing services for local farms. Our two retail stores also offer a full line of tools and supplies for farming and growing businesses.

Scotts Canada Ltd.

North America’s leading company in lawn, garden and hydroponic growing products, Scotts also plays a major role in the professional horticulture industry. A trailblazer in this sector, the company’s Fafard brand boasts an impressive number of professional growing media made from choice ingredients and according to strict quality standards. Fafard specialized substrates are designed to satisfy the different requirements of various crops. Scotts also provides greenhouse and nursery growers with attentive technical support, helping them achieve commercial success.

Poster Competition

University of Guelph/Ontario Agricultural College

The Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph offers a full suite of horticultural programs for all areas of interest. Our diploma, undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs emphasize hands-on experience that prepares students for a rewarding career in this blooming industry.Graduates can focus their careers on any area of the industry with their new technical, research and management skills. There’s no better place in Canada to study horticulture than at the University of Guelph campuses' in Guelph and Ridgetown. New for Fall 2021: We recently revamped our Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program to offer a dedicated major in Horticulture. This is the perfect major for students who love plants and want to learn about the latest management and technology used by the industry.

Friends of the convention

A&L Canada Laboratories Inc.

We are an innovative, research driven technology company focused on sustainable development. Through leading expertise, modern laboratory facilities and strong customer focus, A&L serves a wide range of industries including agriculture, environmental, food and pharma – globally. In agriculture, A&L provides comprehensive analytical services for soil, plant tissue, feed, fertilizer, and water. A&L's services also include production recommendations, remote sensing and precision agriculture capabilities. A&L Biological Inc., is a subsidiary of A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., focused on research and development of biological compounds for use in agricultural production systems. The Environmental division provides organic and inorganic chemistry and general chemistry using state-of-the-art technology and methodology. For food and pharma, A&L provides analytical services for plant tissue, water, media and finished product. A&L's services also include disease diagnostics, genetic analysis, production recommendations, and plant monitoring program. The company operates two analytical laboratories serving clients throughout Canada, the US and internationally.

Belchim Crop Protection Canada

Belchim Crop Protection Canada develops, registers, and markets protection, nutritional and management products for agricultural crop production across Canada. We work closely with end users and supply partners to evaluate market needs, and to provide cost effective products that offer superior performance. Belchim has a long history and established reputation working with grape and tree fruit producers to maximize production through disease and pest prevention.

Besseling North America

For over 90 years, the Besseling family has been on the front line of the fruit industry. First growing, trading and selling fruit and in the early 1950’s building their first own cold storage facilities which resulted in 1965 in the first CO2 adsorber being built. In the early 80’s the foundation for the CA equipment company was laid in the Netherlands. The North American branch is based in the Okanagan Valley, B.C. Besseling North America is a combined force of controlled atmosphere solutions and true construction experience that realizes 'State of the Art' CA storage facilities. Besseling North America can supply and install CA equipment. Insulated Metal Panels, Salco doors and RibbStyle coatings. Besseling sets itself apart on reliability, energy efficiency and service. Everything we realize today is based on a fruit growers’ background.


Cascades is a leader in sustainable, innovative and value-added solutions for paper, packaging, hygiene and recovery. Through its new Cascades Fresh™ packaging solutions, we bring the circular economy to life by using different types of recovered cardboard and plastics to offer a full range of eco-friendly, recycled and 100% recyclable products. Leading the way in terms of sustainable solutions, Cascades contributes to your success and your environmental footprint objectives. Designed for growers, packers and retailers, Cascades Fresh™ packaging solutions meet the needs of the entire supply chain while also addressing consumers’ concerns about the environmental footprint of the produce they buy. The product line includes trays made from a wide variety of materials, corrugated cardboard baskets and boxes with sturdiness and waterproof options. These packaging solutions: preserve the freshness of fruits and vegetables from harvest to table; facilitate transportation across the supply chain; provide visual appeal to attract consumers; are made with materials that comply with FDA and Health Canada’s food and safety requirements. Visit our website to learn more about Cascades Fresh™ packaging solutions.

Cohort Wholesale

Cohort Wholesale aspires to be a trusted Canadian wholesaler of preferred-position outdoor fruit and vegetable crop protection products, working with the established distribution and retail channel to service all key markets, creating demand for and maximizing the in-field performance of our suppliers’ products to help farmers grow the best crops possible.

H&W Equipment

One of the most trusted names in vineyard and orchard equipment for more than 20 years, H&W Equipment has been serving the grape and fruit growing industry in Canada and the eastern United States since 1993. As one of the leading suppliers in the industry, we provide recycling sprayers, hedgers/trimmers, leaf removers, grape hoes for weed control, cultivators, sub soilers for vineyards, orchards and crowners and bine loaders for hopyards. Only the highest quality products from our trusted manufacturers meet the standard to be sold to our customers. With an extensive parts inventory for all our equipment lines, we provide the best aftermarket support to keep your equipment running.


We know you put your best work into growing high value crops in the orchard, the greenhouse and the field. Let us help you take care of the rest because we are Nufarm. Customer-focused in the changing world of Canadian horticulture. Today’s Nufarm is big enough to provide proven chemistries and practical solutions, but small enough to be agile, innovative and responsive to your needs. Our global network brings new ideas, research and technology to your business at a local level that always puts you first. You can count on us for a broad portfolio of horticulture products, and the people with expertise. New products for 2021 in the portfolio include Excalia® fungicide for apples, Danitol® insecticide for managing spotted wing drosophila and Goal™ 2XL broadleaf weed herbicide. Our horticulture sales specialist, Alicia Sebastian can be reached directly by phone at 226-820-6223 or email

Ontario Apple Growers

Representing the over 200 apple farm families in Ontario by fostering a thriving industry and sustainable farms so that consumers can enjoy a wide variety of fresh, locally grown apples. We support the success of our members through promotion, advocacy, innovation and collaboration.

Ontario Tender Fruit Growers

The Ontario Tender Fruit Growers is a not for profit, independent farming organization governed by our grower members. The Ontario Tender Fruit Growers operates under the Farm Products Marketing Act, and represents all Ontario growers of tender fruit who market to either the fresh or processing market. Tender fruit includes peaches, nectarines, plums and prunes, pears, apricots and processed sweet & sour cherries.

Production Lareault Inc.

Production Lareault Inc. is a nursery specialized in small fruit plants. Our main products are Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry as well as Dwarf Sour cherry, Asparagus and Haskap. We grow over 30 million plants yearly, shipped across Canada and the US. The nursery is located 45 min drive northeast of Montréal on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. We have the most complete choice of variety in Canada for Strawberry and Raspberry. We follow strict cultural guidelines including virus testing at each step of propagation. Visit to learn more! Or call Frédérick Laforge 450-944-1850.