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Media Release– March 24, 2017

 

 High return expected from the government’s investment

in the Ontario greenhouse sector’s competitiveness and innovation

 

Ontario’s greenhouse sector leaders applauded the announcement made yesterday* by Hon. Jeff Leal, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, of Ontario’s investment in the Ontario greenhouse sector’s productivity and innovation.

“Our sector appreciates the encouragement to make a significant contribution to the Premier’s agri-food growth challenge while better maintaining and re-enforcing our competitiveness,” stated Jan VanderHout, Chairperson for The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance (TOGA). “This commitment to our sector by the Minister will enable us to make greater progress towards the growth and sustainability goals we share.”

“Ontario’s greenhouse growers are keen to invest in innovative technologies that will make a positive difference to the economy and the environment,” noted Ian Vermeer, President of Flowers Canada (Ontario), one of TOGA’s two member organizations. “This investment by Ontario will accelerate their adoption and generate opportunities to develop further ways of improving greenhouse production systems right here in Ontario.”

“The government of Ontario’s commitment to our sector, as announced by Minister Leal, sends a very important message: Ontario is a great place for greenhouses to expand this support will better position the Ontario greenhouse sector to continue to grow sustainably,” expressed George Gilvesy, Chair of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, one of TOGA’s two members. “And with the growth of our sector comes good jobs, more exports, significant investment and more productive capacity for greenhouse agriculture.”

TOGA is the Ontario organization that represents over 400 Ontario greenhouse growers through its two members. The greenhouse sector of Ontario agriculture has a farmgate value in excess of $1.6 billion, employs over 20,000 workers, and exports over $1 billion.

 

For more information please contact:
Jan VanderHout                               
Chairperson & President                  
(905) 517-7416                                         
             
 
James Farrar
 Administrator
 (905) 945-6791
 
 

 *the announcement may be read at https://news.ontario.ca/omafra/en/2017/03/boosting-competitiveness-for-greenhouses-through-innovation.html?_ga=1.32376382.1000498117.1465821588

 

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE -October 11, 2016

TOGA’s Chair, Jan Vanderhout, was a participant in the Premier’s Stakeholder Round Table held for horticultural sector representatives at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre on October 11, 2016. From left to right: Hon. Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines; Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Premier Wynne; and TOGA’s Chair, Jan Vanderhout.  TOGA’s two members were represented at the session by George Gilvesy, Chair, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers and Andrew Morse, Executive Director, Flowers Canada (Ontario). TOGA appreciates Vineland’s including the greenhouse sector in the Session.

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE – April 24, 2015

Greenhouse Sector Views Ontario Budget As A Move In The Right Direction

 Leamington – Ontario’s 2015 budget included good news for Ontario’s greenhouse sector. 

 “News that the government is pursuing expansion of natural gas infrastructure in the province is important for our sector”, said Jan Vanderhout, Chair of the Ontario Greenhouse Alliance.  “Our greenhouse farms are proof of the return these investments can yield in job creation and economic growth. However this is just a start.  We will need to make sure that the details of these programs enable the province to maximizing the returns for taxpayers’ investment”.

 In order to continue to support a growing greenhouse sector, Vanderhout stated, “The government needs to consider both under-serviced as well as un-serviced areas of the province as part of its plan to utilize natural gas infrastructure as an engine of growth.” Many greenhouse operations have access to natural gas now but not at the level needed for reliable supply throughout the winter months. The infrastructure serving these operations needs to be upgraded and expanded.

 “We look forward to working with the Ontario government to collaboratively address challenges to keep us globally competitive. Our greenhouse farms  continue to invest and grow. The government can support us with its “open for business” commitment,” said Vanderhout.

 TOGA represents Ontario’s greenhouse growers through its member organizations, the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers and Flowers Canada (Ontario).

 

   For more information contact:
Jan Vanderhout, Chair
The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance
(905) 517-7416
  
James Farrar
Administrator, The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance
(905) 945-6791 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE - December 19, 2014

Greenhouse Sector Lauds

The Government’s “Open For Business” Approach

In Developing New Feedwater Regulations

This week the Ontario Government announced the new “Greenhouse Nutrient Feedwater Regulation” under the Nutrient Management Act.  The development of this new regulation is an example of the positive outcome that results when sector representatives and government ministries collaborate. This process was facilitated through the Ontario Greenhouse Environmental Strategy (OGES) task force. The task force representatives are drawn from the greenhouse sector, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). The common goal was to develop and implement a streamlined solution that is protective of the environment and cost effective for the sector.

 “On behalf of Ontario’s greenhouse sector, we thank Premier Wynne, Minister Leal and Minister Murray for their continued commitment to this kind of open, consultative process” said Jan VanderHout, Chair of The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance, on behalf of the sector.  “This process is an excellent example of what can be achieved by working together to improve and streamline regulations. The result will enable increased productivity and growth across the entire agri-food value chain.”

 The new Greenhouse Nutrient Feedwater Regulation will help greenhouse growers better comply with environmental standards by reducing the costs and uncertainty of approvals. It will promote reuse and facilitate the recycling of greenhouse nutrient feedwater while providing farmers with a new source of irrigation water and nutrients for their field crops.

 TOGA represents Ontario’s greenhouse growers through its member organizations, the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers and Flowers Canada (Ontario).

 For more information contact:

Jan Vanderhout
Chair
The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance
(905) 517-7416
  
James Farrar
Administrator
The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance
(905) 945-6791
 

 

 

 

ONTARIO'S CHP PROGRAM FOR GREENHOUSES WELCOMED BY TOGA - December 4, 2013

Jan VanderHout , a greenhouse vegetable producer and Chair of The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance (TOGA), a $1.4 billion annual economic engine in rural Ontario, welcomed the provincial government's announcement of a new combined heat and power (CHP) program targeting greenhouse operations, agri-food and district energy. The commitment was made in the Ministry of Energy's Long Term Energy Plan released on Monday, December 2nd.

The TOGA Chair said, "This announcement is a positive step forward for Ontario's economy and environment by contributing to the recovery of carbon dioxide and heat, both co-products from the generation of electricity from natural gas, and directing them into beneficial uses in greenhouse operations."

"Greenhouses recover the carbon dioxide released when natural gas is burned and provide it to the plants in order to promote their growth." As a result, VanderHout explained, "Greenhouse CHP is among the most efficient and cleanest applications of natural gas combustion in the world."<br/
>VanderHout said TOGA looks forward to working with the government on CHP and a number of other energy and conservation initiatives that will contribute to a healthier economy and environment and continue Ontario's leadership in greenhouse agriculture.

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