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Canada’s agricultural industry takes a lot of pride in what it does, and that’s worth talking about. You can be a part of that conversation and help to effectively promote the industry you’re proud to be a part of. Agriculture More Than Ever is a federal program that encourages farmers and everyone involved in the…

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On November 24, 2016, Keith Kuhl, President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), provided testimony to the Canadian Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. As part of this consultation, Mr. Kuhl delivered the following messages in regards to the government’s Next Agricultural Policy Framework: Business risk management AgriStability provides financial support when a producer sees…

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Tractor spraying a field. Photo by Flickr user Tamina Miller / CC BY-NC 2.0

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is currently consulting its members about a recent proposal by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) to phase-out all agricultural uses of imidacloprid. CHC will submit a response to the federal government’s proposal based on the results of this consultation. Imidacloprid, which is found in such pesticides as Admire®, Merit™,…

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Japanese flag. Photo by Flickr user mmphotography.it

Exports of fresh tomato and pepper fruit to Japan must now be certified free from the potato psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli. The following new requirements are in addition to any phytosanitary requirements currently in place: Canadian tomato or pepper fruit for export to Japan must be grown in a greenhouse that has a control program in…

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Potatoes. Photo by Flickr user “zeldamastertimmy” / CC BY 2.0

The Government of Canada has secured market access for Alberta seed potatoes to Thailand. The agreement was achieved after a positive risk assessment was conducted by officials from Thailand’s national plant protection organization in 2015. The incoming mission of Thai officials associated with the pest risk assessment was jointly funded by the Potato Growers of…

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Apples in crates. Background photo by Flickr user Jamelle Bouie / CC BY-NC 2.0

On November 3, 2016, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair announced the winners of this year’s apple competition. Congratulations to all the growers listed below: Winners: Commercial apples category Red delicious: Dave Machial, Oliver, BC McIntosh: Stephanie Levasseur, Frelighsburg, QC Gala: Dave Machial, Oliver, BC Empire: Brad Fraser, Milton, ON Honeycrisp: Francois Turcotte, Ste – Famille,…

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Members and staff of CPMA and CHC in front of Parliament.

On November 22 and 23, industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) met with nearly 60 Parliamentarians and civil servants in Ottawa to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector. Notably, CPMA and CHC representatives addressed the need for a national fruit…

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Cherries. Photo: Unsplash

Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, shares the Canadian Horticultural Council’s (CHC’s) concern over France’s ban of products from countries where dimethoate is registered as a pesticide. Dimethoate is used for control of sucking and chewing insects and fruit flies, and is currently used in orchards after harvest for control of western cherry fruit…

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Tractor spraying a field. Photo by Chafer Machinery / CC BY 2.0

Following an evaluation of available scientific information, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has determined that properly labelled products containing acephate do not pose unacceptable risk to human health nor to the environment. As such, the PMRA has proposed that products containing acephate continue to be sold in Canada. Full details of the PMRA’s…

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CHC’s new managers: David Folkerson (Communications) and Nancy Baker (Policy Research and Development). Photo: CHC

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is pleased to welcome two new managers to its team. Nancy Baker, CHC’s new Manager of Policy Research and Development, has an extensive professional background that includes public policy development, analysis, research, stakeholder engagement and advocacy.  She has worked on Parliament Hill, including as an advisor to a senior cab­­inet…

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