Sugarbeet farming has a long history in Ontario. Sugarbeets were grown in Ontario between 1902 and 1968. From 1916, Ontario sugarbeet farmers were able to deliver their sugarbeets to the Redpath refinery in Chatham, Ontario. Sugarbeet farming ended in 1968 when Tate & Lile bought the Chatham plant from Redpath, which it currently owns, and immediately closed its operation. Sugarbeet farming subsequently re-appeared in Southwestern Ontario, after a nearly thirty years absence, when Michigan Sugar Company approached Ontario farmers in the mid -1990s to offer its refining facilities.
The Ontario Sugarbeet Growers’ Association was incorporated on April 1,1997, as an Agricultural Association under the provisions of
the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act of the Province of Ontario.
Membership in the OSGA consists exclusively of Ontario sugarbeet growers and all Ontario sugarbeet growers are members of the OSGA.
The Association’s main purposes are to promote profitable sugarbeet production in Ontario by:
- Being the spokesman for the sugarbeet producers in Ontario
- Lobbying on behalf and negotiating with various government agencies, or example Michigan Sugar Company or any other company wishing to grow sugarbeets in Ontario
- Undertaking any other activities and programs that may be deemed by the Association to be in the beneficial interest of sugarbeet producers