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Consultation: Healthy Eating Strategy

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Health Canada is seeking input on two elements of the Healthy Eating Strategy. Growers are encouraged to provide input, as their insights will be used to help shape future proposals and advance the policy and regulatory process. Both public consultations run from June 10 to July 25, 2017. Public consultation on the revision of Canada’s…

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CHC delivers messages on non-tariff barriers at Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

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Rebecca Lee and Ken Forth appeared before the standing committee to address non-tariff barriers. Photo credit: CHC

Rebecca Lee, Executive Director of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), and Ken Forth, Chair of CHC’s Trade and Marketing Committee, recently appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food to address the impact of non-tariff barriers on international trade in horticulture. Ms. Lee and Mr. Forth delivered the following messages to…

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Government of Canada launches supercluster initiative

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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) recently launched the Innovation Superclusters Initiative, which will allocate a small number of high-value, strategic investments in the form of non-repayable contributions to industry-led consortia. Contributions will normally be between $125–$250 million, for a total of up to $950 million, by March 31, 2022, and will be matched with private sector…

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New phytosanitary requirements for Ontario cherries

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In 2016, European cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cerasi L.), a regulated pest to Canada, was detected for the first time in Canada. This insect was found in association with invasive honeysuckle in southern Ontario. Photo: ©entomart

Effective June 1st, 2017, fresh cherries produced in Ontario will be prohibited from moving into British Columbia, and must be certified free from European cherry fruit fly before being moved to other provinces in Canada. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has also prohibited fresh cherries produced in Ontario from entering the United States.…

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Agriculture Minister and AgGrowth Coalition discuss review of Business Risk Management programs

Members of the AgGrowth Coalition with Minister MacAulay.
Members of the AgGrowth Coalition with Minister MacAulay.

On May 9, 2017, Alvin Keenan, President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), Rebecca Lee, Executive Director, and Mark Wales, Chair of CHC’s Business Risk Management Committee, joined other members of Canada’s AgGrowth Coalition in a meeting with Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The meeting participants discussed a joint industry-government review…

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Health Canada approves herbicide glyphosate

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Health Canada has published the final re-evaluation decision on glyphosate. Following a rigorous science-based assessment, Health Canada has determined that when used according to the label, products containing glyphosate are not a concern to human health and the environment. Glyphosate, marketed under brand names such as RoundupTM and VisionTM, is a common herbicide that is…

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CFIA greenhouse biosecurity guide now available

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and sector organizations, including the Canadian Horticultural Council, has released a voluntary biosecurity guide for producers in the greenhouse vegetable sector. The guide supports the National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Sectors that was released in March 2016. The…

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Download CHC’s 2016 Annual Report

2016 CHC Annual Report

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) recently made its 2016 Annual Report available for public download. The Annual Report features messages by CHC’s President and Executive Director, and provides updates on the work of CHC committees and other CHC activities throughout the year. Download the Canadian Horticultural Council’s 2016 Annual Report

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Chair of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food writes letter to Minister of Health over imidacloprid re-evaluation

Pat Finnigan, Chair of Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Pat Finnigan, Chair of Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. Photo: ParlVU

The Chair of the Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, Pat Finnigan, recently wrote a letter to the Minister of Health, Hon. Jane Philpott, regarding the proposed re-evaluation of imidacloprid by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). In his letter, Mr. Finnigan expresses concerns over the lack of transparency in the PMRA’s process,…

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