Farm Innovation Program

The Farm Innovation Program (FIP) is a $12,000,000 program that is part of Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The FIP is one of the Innovation and Science Suite of programs for Growing Forward in Ontario.

The FIP is aimed at boosting agricultural research, competitiveness, and productivity in Ontario's agricultural sectors. The FIP is administered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) on behalf of Agriculture, Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The AAC have issued this Intake of Proposals to solicit project proposals for funding consideration under the FIP.1


The Fresh Vegetable Growers under the FIP program was allotted $267,892.00 in funding dollars with which they could put towards fresh market vegetable research.  The following research projects were funded under FIP Program


Research Projects Links

FIP1058 - Management of Phytophthora capsici in fresh peppers using foliar and chemigation Final Report 2012PDF

The object of this project will be to evaluate the feasibility of applying fungicides using chemigation to manage P. capsici in fresh peppers under field conditions, in comparison to foliar treatments.   Product selections will be primarily based on those currently registered or expected to be registered in Canada.

FIP1059 - Disease management of vegetables with forecasting, resistant lines and new fungicidesPDF

Downy mildews can be extremely destructive diseases of vegetable crops and can also be very difficult to control.  In the case of onions, lettuce and cucumbers, downy mildew can cause complete crop loss.  The overall goal of this project is to improve disease management of downy mildew diseases in vegetable crops, to reduce losses and improve quality.

FIP1061 - Management Strategies for foliar and bacterial diseases of fresh market tomatoes and peppersPDF

This project is to evaluate chemistry suitable for conventional and organic growers to manage fungal and bacterial diseases of fresh tomatoes and peppers in the field. 

FIP1086 - Cooperative Pathology Project across the vegetable spectrumPDF

This project was a collaborative effort between the University of Guelph and Michigan State University to provide growers in Ontario with effective disease management tools and strategies and to increase the knowledge base for diseases caused by water molds (oomycetes) including Phytophthora capsici (cucurbits, peppers, and tomatoes), Phytophthora asparagi (asparagus), and Pseudoperonospora cubensis (cucurbits); these pathogens are common to both growing regions.

FIP1060 - Controlling Clubroot on cruciferous vegetablesPDF

This project will identify and develop effective controls for clubroot of crucifer crops for Ontario Vegetable growers.

FIP1174 - Tolerance of Sweet Potato to Chateau Herbicide PDF

This project will asses the tolerance of sweet potatoes to Chateau Herbicide (flumioxazin) under Ontario conditions and provide crop tolerance data toPMRA in support of minor use registration D.3.1: 2011-0060, resulting ina registratin of Cheateau Herbicide on sweet potatoes.

FIP1190 -Management and Prevention of Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Vegetables with Alternate Modes of ActionPDF

This project will determine efficacy and crop tolernace of important vegetable commodities to alternate herbicide modes-of-action to control and/or prevent resistance development of specific weed species.

FIP1175 -Adding carbon waste to minimize nitrogen lossPDF

Application of a carbon waste to soil in laboratory and small plot field studies have demonstrated lower soil mineral N concentrations with no impact on crop yield the following year.  This project will evaluate this technology in large field scenarios using grower equipment to identify limitations with scaling up.  This project is expected to provide options for cole crop growers, particularly those on high sands, who are under scrutiny to protect groundwater resources. 


Evaluation of new products for the control of diseases in fresh market Tomatoes & Peppers

Principle Researcher:  Dr. Alan McKeown - Simcoe Research Station

Research Projects Links

Project#080 # 080 - Final ReportPDF

Ontario Research and Development (ORD) Program

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) provided $2.5 million to the Agricultural Adaptation Council to fund the AAC's Ontario Research and Development (ORD) Program. The ORD Program is a two-year provincial program, aimed at boosting Agricultural Research, Competitiveness and Productivity for the non-supply managed commodities of the Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council. The ORD Program was announced in January 2008 as part of the $150 million announced by Ontario in the 2007 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review. The AAC, a non-profit coalition of 72 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations delivered this program

In 2009 funding under the ORD program allowed for the FVGO to contribute funding to three new projects


FVGO works for fresh vegetable growers in the area of research

The FVGO has allocated almost $2 million for research projects that support the fresh vegetable industry. The FVGO contributes to this research through the Canada Ontario Research & Development (CORD IV). These projects will enhance the wellbeing of the industry.

Research Projects Links

1739 Development of new uses for Ontario VegetablesPDF
1625 Nutrient Management Selected Fresh Vegetable CropsPDF
9011 Value of Cover CropsPDF Nitrogen cycling, soil quality & pest management
9012 Waste Vegetable FeedstockPDF Production of Biogas via Anaerobic Biodigestion
9013 Interactions Between Fertilization Pests of Vegetable CropsPDF
9014 Belgian Endive in OntarioPDF Maintaining & Improving quality
9070 Education Resources Healthy Eating and NutritionPDF
9078 Improving Irrigation Water Use Efficiency in Fresh VegetablesPDF
9077 Assessing the Applicability of Soil Health Testing of Fresh Vegetable SoilPDF
9019 Role of Soil Arthropods in vegetable agro ecosystemsPDF
1733 Healthy Nutrition for KidsPDF
9021 Nutritional and Health BenefitsPDF Past, Present & Future
9022 Managing Transplant Size Advance Field MaturityPDF Tomatoes & Peppers
9023 Control Plant Parasitic NematodesPDF Vegetables & Herb Production
9024 Crop Management Research on Crucifer and Low Acreage CropsPDF
9082 FVGO Retailer Relationship StrategyPDF
9025 Enhanced Weed ManagementPDF Crucifier, Root & Leafy Vegetables
9026 Weed ManagementPDF Carrots, Red Beets, Vine Crops, Cole Crops, Tomatoes, Peppers and Sweet Corn
1724 Evaluation of Biodegradable MulchesPDF In Fresh Market Sweet Corn & Pepper production
8749 Development of an Integrated Pest Management Program for Cole CropsPDF
1623 Regional IPM MonitoringPDF For Fresh Vegetables
9018 Airborne Ascospores and Disease RiskPDF Storage Rot of Carrot
9020 IPM Diagnostic ServicesPDF Root, Bulb & leafy Vegetables
9073 Establishing a Pre Sidedress Soil Nitrogen TestPDF (PSNT) for Peppers
9074 Alternative Herbicides PDF Control of Linuron Resistant Pigweeds in Carrots
9072 Effect of Impact Herbicide CarryoverPDF On High Value Crops
9075 Evaluation of Novel herbicides for Broadleaf weed controlPDF In carrots grown on muck soils
9069 Evaluation of Controlled Release FertilizersPDF For Vegetable Production
9010 Field Operational AssistancePDF Summer Students
8747 IPM Delivery and DiagnosticsPDF Services to the Root, Bulb and Leafy Vegetable Sector
8748 Comprehensive pest management program for Allium cropsPDF
8750 Evaluation of Herbicides on Fresh Market VegetablesPDF for Future Minor-Use Applications
8751 Evaluation of Herbicides on Fresh Market Sweet CornPDF For control of Wild Proso Millet
8780 Improved Management of Lettuce DiseasesPDF
8781 Powdery Mildew Management In Fresh PeasPDF
8866 Leek MothPDF
8867 Communications and Marketing PlanPDF
8900 Herb Production TrialsPDF
8920 Operational Assistance Leek MothPDF
8921 Operational Assistance SurveyPDF
8922 Powdery Mildew On Peas and SpinachPDF
8923 Operational Assistance Reduced Risk HerbicidesPDF
8924 Initiation of an IPM ProgramPDF
8925 Control of Sclerotia Forming FungiPDF
8934 Herb Xchange Survey and Business ModelPDF
8963 Novel Post Harvest TechnologiesPDF
8899 Verified Health Quality VHQPDF