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Winners of Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Apple Competition

Apples in crates. Background photo by Flickr user Jamelle Bouie / CC BY-NC 2.0
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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Canadian produce industry urges parliamentarians to consider important labour and health issues

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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Minister of International Trade shares CHC’s concern over French ban that puts Canadian cherry exports at risk

Cherries. Photo: Unsplash
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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PMRA proposes continued sale of acephate products

Tractor spraying a field. Photo by Chafer Machinery / CC BY 2.0
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 welcomes two new managers

CHC’s new managers: David Folkerson (Communications) and Nancy Baker (Policy Research and Development). Photo: CHC
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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CFIA postpones final phase of requirements to prevent European Grapevine moth

European Grapevine moth. Photo: Wikipedia

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has delayed its final set of requirements intended to prevent the introduction of the European Grapevine moth to Canada.  The delayed requirements apply to kiwi fruit, plants for planting, and fresh herbs. These requirements have been postponed until further notice. Requirements for other fresh fruit, including grapes and blueberries,…

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CFIA authorizes test marketing of beets of various colours packaged together

Fresh golden and red beets. Photo by Flickr users Chris and Jenni.

Following a request by Loblaws Companies Limited to establish a test market for beets of various colours packaged together, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) solicited comments from industry stakeholders and provincial governments as per the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Regulations. No opposition was received to this test market proposal. As such, the CFIA now…

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Report from the United Fresh Washington Conference (September 12-14)

In preparation for the March on Capitol Hill, close to 500 representatives of the fresh produce sector held discussions on the changes needed in the current regulatory programs in support of a legal and viable workforce, the possible impact of trade  agreements being negotiated (TPP and with the European Union), and the need to continue offering fresh fruits…

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CHC Greenhouse Committee Updates

Joint AAFC-CFIA-MAS Organics Industry Meeting CHC representatives met with representative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Market Access Secretariat (MAS) together with several other national organic industry representatives on September 9, 2016 to discuss the on-going negotiations of organic equivalency arrangements of key trading partners. The equivalency arrangements…

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CHC Hosts Crop Protection Information Tour for Key Government Officials

On August 17, CHC President Keith Kuhl and Executive Director Rebecca Lee hosted a crop protection information tour of Quebec horticultural production facilities for staff of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pest Management Centre (PMC). The objective of the tour was to provide government staff involved in the…

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