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Government officials talk to real producers on crop protection tour of Ottawa-area farms

The group takes shelter during a brief period of rain during CHC’s informative crop protection tour. Photo credit: D. Folkerson (CHC)
The group takes shelter during a brief period of rain during CHC’s informative crop protection tour. Photo credit: D. Folkerson (CHC)

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) recently hosted representatives from government and industry on a tour of three farms in the Ottawa area. Tour attendees witnessed on-farm crop protection practices and discussed priority issues with actual farmers. Staff from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, the Pest Management Centre, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Agriculture and…

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2017 Mid-Summer Apple Meeting & Orchard Tour

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Last July 25 and 26, Quebec’s Apple Producers hosted the annual meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Canadian apple industry. Representatives from the industry, from the Quebec and Canadian governments and from the other provinces increased their knowledge of Quebec’s apple industry. The event, held in the Laurentians, was a huge success! On July…

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Government officials tour SAWP farms

Participants talk to SAWP workers and farmers. Photo: Rebecca Lee (CHC)
Participants talk to SAWP workers and farmers. Photo: Rebecca Lee (CHC)

Representatives from four different government departments and departmental organizations recently made the trip to Norfolk County, known as “Ontario’s garden”, to observe the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) in action. Officials from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC); Service Canada; Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC); and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) participated in a…

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CHC welcomes the Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association to its membership

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The Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association (CCCA) logo.

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is happy to welcome its newest member: the Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association (CCCA). According to Allen Kirkpatrick, the association’s Executive Director, “The corrugated industry takes great pride in serving the packaging needs of important clients like those involved with CHC. We are committed to increasing exposure and our accessibility…

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CFIA launches new DNA-based projects to boost fruit plant trade

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On August 15, Lawrence MacAulay announced that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will lead two projects worth $500,000 that use new DNA-based technologies to reduce the quarantine testing time, protect Canada’s fruit industry from viruses, and boost trade and economic competitiveness in the $240 million Canadian tree fruit industry. The first project will dramatically…

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Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers hire new GM

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The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) would like to congratulate and welcome the new General Manager of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG), Mr. Joe Sbrocchi. Mr. Sbrocchi joins OGVG with a number of years’ experience working within the greenhouse sector. For 20 years, Mr. Sbrocchi worked in the retail produce industry, buying and selling produce. He…

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New publications encourage Canadian honey bee health

The Bee Health Roundtable recently published two documents related to honey bee health: Canadian Best Management Practices for Honey Bee Health is a useful manual for those interested in bee keeping. It covers a wide variety of topics, such as hive management, pest disease treatments, queen health, and bee nutrition. Planting Forage for Honey Bees in…

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Board of Directors hosts tour of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley

Government and industry representatives on CHC’s summer bus tour
Government and industry representatives on CHC’s summer bus tour

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) recently welcomed industry and government representatives on a tour of fruit and vegetable farms in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Tour participants visited several greenhouses, a farm market, an apple orchard, a vineyard, and a packing house cooperative. At each location, the group learned directly from the owners and the…

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FPT Ministers of Agriculture endorse the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada

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To support of economic opportunities and to protect human health and the environment, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture recently endorsed the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada. Over the last year, governments, industry, academia and others who play a role in plant and animal health came together to chart a…

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Third Global Minor Use Summit

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in partnership with the USDA IR-4 Project and the USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service, will host The Third Global Minor Use Summit, from October 1-4, 2017 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. The Summit will feature multiple presentations, workshops and breakout sessions designed to help growers address challenges in accessing…

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