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Growers requested to complete survey on neonic use

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The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is currently preparing a response to PMRA’s proposed re-evaluation decision on imidacloprid and other neonicotinoid use (example products: Admire, Intercept, Genesis, Gaucho). To ensure an effective response, CHC requests feedback from growers on their use of these pesticides. Each commodity sector (tree fruit, berries/grapes, greenhouse vegetables, field vegetables, potatoes) has…

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CHC President and Executive Director participate in horticulture value chain round table

Horticulture value chain round table. Photo: R. Lee
Horticulture value chain round table. Photo: R. Lee

Keith Kuhl, President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), and Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director, participated in a recent round table meeting hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The purpose of the meeting was to enable an in-depth discussion on common issues in the horticulture value chain between government agencies and the horticultural industry. Attendees…

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CHC presentation at AAFC multi-stakeholder forum on imidacloprid and other neonicotinoids

David Jones of CHC (third from left) presenting at AAFC forum on neonicotinoids. Photo: R. Lee.
David Jones of CHC (third from left) presenting at AAFC forum on neonicotinoids. Photo: R. Lee.

On December 21, 2016, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) presented at a multi-stakeholder forum on neonicotinoids hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Participants discussed concerns regarding the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)’s recent risk assessment of imidacloprid and explored potential risk mitigation options. CHC presented an overview of neonicotinoid use in horticulture, highlighting the…

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Government releases findings from Next Policy Framework consultations

Rapport « Ce que nous avons entendu » d’Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada. Photo : CCH
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s What We’ve Heard report. Photo: CHC

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has released a report summarizing stakeholder feedback on its next agricultural policy framework. CHC participated in the consultations and is pleased that its advocacy efforts contributed to many of the report’s key findings: AgriInnovation, AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness: The report notes that many stakeholders would prefer a 25% industry to 75% AAFC…

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Cavendish Farms announces $350M expansion in Lethbridge, Alberta

Rendu d’architecture de la nouvelle usine de transformation de pommes de terre congelées des Fermes Cavendish. Photo : Les Fermes Cavendish
A digital rendering of the new Cavendish Farm frozen potato processing plant. Photo: Cavendish Farms

Cavendish Farms has announced a $350 million expansion of its business in Lethbridge, Alberta, with the construction of a new frozen potato processing plant. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 and be completed by summer 2019. The new plant will allow Cavendish Farms to more than double its annual production capacity to meet…

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CHC Exec. Director presents at International Federation of Produce Standards

Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director, presenting at the assembly of the International Federation of Produce Standards. Photo: CHC.

Rebecca Lee, Executive Director of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), recently presented at the assembly of the International Federation of Produce Standards (IFPS), in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Rebecca’s presentation focused on key issues affecting the Canadian horticultural sector, namely: the need for Canada to have a national nutrition policy; payment protection for the produce industry; mandatory…

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CHC President delivers message to federal Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

The Canadian Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food hears testimony from members of the Canadian agricultural industry. Photo: parl.gc.ca

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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CHC consulting with members on Federal government’s proposal to ban imidacloprid-based pesticides (ex. Admire®, Merit™, Genesis™)

Tractor spraying a field. Photo by Flickr user Tamina Miller / CC BY-NC 2.0
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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New market access for Alberta seed potatoes to Thailand

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