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The Ontario Soybean Rust Coalition - "Partnership of Key Soybean Stakeholders"

Presenter: Albert U. Tenuta

All authors and affiliations: ALBERT U. TENUTA (1), Crosby J. Devitt (2) and Alison Walden-Coleman (2). (1) Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), P.O. Box 400, Ridgetown, Ontario, N0P 2C0 and (2) Grain Farmers of Ontario, Suite 201, Ontario AgriCentre, 100 Stone Rd. W, Guelph, ON N1G 5L3

The Ontario Soybean Rust Coalition (OSRC) was formed to respond to the eventual introduction of Asian soybean rust into Ontario and Canada. The OSRC is a partnership of key soybean stakeholders encompassing extension (government), producers, researchers, equipment and chemical company representatives. These partners are not only committed to collect, compile, disseminate information and resources to tackle this debilitating crop disease but to provide a "unified" voice concerning soybean rust to not only Ontario producers but soybean producers in other provinces as well.

The Coalition has undertaken various activities to prepare producers, extension, consultants and the Ontario soybean industry with the necessary resources and decision support tools to effectively and successfully manage this new invasive plant disease. The proactive approach by the OSRC helped respond and alleviate producer and industry fears once the disease was confirmed in Ridgetown, Ontario late in the 2007 growing season.

Coalition members include OMAFRA, the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), AAFC, The University of Guelph, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, E.I. du Pont Company, Laresco, Monsanto, Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited, Syngenta Crop Protection, Syngenta Seeds, and John Deere & Company. Funding for this project was provided in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Adaptation Council's CanAdvance Program, OMAFRA, the Ontario the Grain Growers of Ontario and the Ontario Soybean Rust Coalition members.

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