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News articles from the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) include updates on CHC activities and issues impacting the horticultural sector.

CHC Statement on Potato Wart

Nov 23, 2021

November 23, 2021 – Potato Wart (PW), a regulated quarantine pest, has been detected since 2000 in fields in Prince Edward Island (PEI). New detections in two commercial potato fields that were already under regulation due to association with earlier investigations were identified in October 2021.It should be noted that while the disease impacts potatoes,…

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Joint Statement from North America’s Fresh Produce Industry on Supply Chain Disruptions

Nov 4, 2021

November 4, 2021 – On behalf of North America’s fresh produce industry, national and regional associations have released a joint statement calling for urgent government action to address significant ongoing supply chain disruptionsimpacting our food systems, economies, and ultimately individuals and families across the continent and worldwide.  Produce challenges are amplified by the perishable nature…

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Establishment of a Grocer Code of Conduct in Canada

Jul 20, 2021

July 20, 2021 –  Following last week’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) meeting of Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) expresses its support for the establishment of a Grocer Code of Conduct in Canada, which aims to bring greater fairness to food retail practices. The need for such a document was reaffirmed during last week’s…

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CHC believes all growers across Canada should have the same increased AgriStability compensation rate

Jul 6, 2021

CHC applauds the step Ontario has made towards increasing the compensation rate for AgriStability, following the proposal from the federal government to remove the Reference Margin Limit (RML) and increase the compensation rate from 70% to 80%. While the agreement earlier in 2021 to remove the RML was a considerable success for many Canadian farmers, increasing the compensation rate is…

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Call-to-action to make a new sustainability index a reality for Canada’s agri-food sector

Jun 10, 2021

Ottawa: June 9, 2021: Momentum is building to establish Canada’s first agri-food sustainability index. A private-public coalition of thirty-four diverse partners has released the Business Case for Establishing the National Index on Agri-Food Performance to affirm Canada’s agri-food leadership in a more demanding food world. There is a global race to reduce environmental impacts, meet…

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We need your help on an urgent matter!

Apr 22, 2021

Dear CHC Members, Over the past several years, we have been working with industry partners to establish a “deemed trust,” which means financial protection for fresh produce growers and sellers at a federal level. Some of you may know of this as PACA (Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act). As you know, growing, harvesting, packing, and marketing…

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Budget 2021 comes up short for Canada’s fruit and vegetable growers

Apr 21, 2021

Ottawa, April 21, 2021 – On behalf of Canada’s fruit and vegetable growers, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) applauds the federal government’s commitment to COVID recovery and maintaining environmental goals for our country. However, we are disappointed at the allocation of funding for agriculture in Monday’s Budget 2021 announcement, as it fails to adequately recognize…

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Plant Health Knows No Borders

Apr 19, 2021

As part of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), the North American Plant Protection Organization’s (NAPPO) is hosting the “Plant Health Knows No Borders” illumination initiative today and tomorrow. This initiative will see a number of North American landmarks shine green, which includes the iconic Niagara Falls! You can join the movement tonight and…

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2021 AGM Recap

Apr 1, 2021

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) held its 2021 Annual General Meeting virtually from March 16 to 17. The 2020 AGM theme was Horticulture Strong: Reflect. Adapt. Persevere. More than 170 delegates and observers logged on to discuss policy issues and to hear presentations from industry representatives. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food kicked…

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Canadian Horticultural Council Recognizes Industry Leaders at 99th AGM

Mar 19, 2021

March 19, 2020– The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) held its 2021 Annual General Meeting virtually from March 16 to 17. The 2020 AGM theme was Horticulture Strong: Reflect. Adapt. Persevere. More than 170 delegates and observers logged on to discuss policy issues and to hear presentations from industry representatives. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of Agriculture…

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