Monday, April 10, 2017

All veggie terms are set

Elmer Buchanan, trustee at the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers Marketing Board, said all terms for contracting production this year have been set.

The final negotiations were with smaller-scale tomato processors, he said.

The contract information will soon be posted on the marketing board website.

Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal appointed Buchanan, a former NDP agriculture minister and vice-chairman of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission, to run the board after he gave up on directors of the marketing board.

He had been pressuring them to make concessions to processors who have complained they are hurting from stiff competition from the U.S. where input costs are lower.