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.