Ontario growers face an ever more burdensome regulatory environment which is particularly onerous for smaller operations. Some of the additional concerns for 2016 and future years are in the following chart:
Because the Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council (OACC) meeting was rescheduled until December 14, I do not have the most recent statistics from Agricorp on Crop Insurance and AgriStability so what was reported in November is still the most current.
Before any new tree fruit varieties can be accepted in Canada, they must pass virus testing in a quarantine setting in Sidney, British Columbia. Thanks to new research funding, DNA technology may streamline the process from three years to six months.