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CFIA cost recovery consultation

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing to streamline and update its cost recovery program. Currently, hundreds of sector-specific CFIA fees are in place, which creates complexity and inconsistencies in how fees are calculated. In addition, most of the CFIA’s fees have not changed since the organization was created almost 20 years ago, but the…

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CHC hosts greenhouse sector research strategy workshop in preparation for Cluster 3 funding proposals

Khalid Boulhrazioui, Director of Research and Development for Les Serres Stéphane Bertrand Mirabel, participates in a strategy workshop hosted by CHC. Such workshops are essential to the development of proposals under Canada’s Agri-Science Cluster funding stream.

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) has begun to host research strategy workshops for its commodity sectors. These workshops are essential in developing strategies that will form the backbone of CHC’s proposal under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agri-Science Cluster 3 funding stream. As part of this initiative, CHC recently hosted a workshop for greenhouse representatives. Participants…

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CHC greenhouse representatives discuss national carbon pricing with key advisors to Minister of the Environment

De gauche à droite : Rick Seguin, directeur général, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers; Peter Cummings, président, BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association; Linda Delli Santi, directrice générale, BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association (et présidente du comité de la culture maraîchère en serre du CCH); Julie Paillat, coordinatrice nationale, secteur des légumes de serre, CCH; Rebecca Lee, directrice générale, CCH; J.P. Jepp, conseiller principal aux politiques, Cabinet de la ministre, Environnement et Changement climatique Canada; Adam Baylin-Stern, conseiller aux politiques, Cabinet de la ministre, Environnement et Changement climatique Canada

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) recently met with key policy advisors to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Canada to discuss important issues relating to Canada’s new carbon pricing policy. CHC informed Environment Canada that the new national carbon pricing policy places Canada’s greenhouse sector at serious risk. The greenhouse vegetable sector depends…

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CHC Executive Director provides organizational update at OFVGA Annual General Meeting

From left to right: Rebecca Lee, Executive Director, CHC; Alison Robertson, Executive Director, OFVGA; Jan VanderHout, Incoming President, OFVGA. Rebecca Lee provided an update on CHC activities at OFVGA’s 2017 AGM. Photo: CHC

Rebecca Lee of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) provided an update on CHC activities at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). Rebecca’s presentation included an update on new staff, recent government relations activities, progress on key files, an overview of CHC’s governance structure, and relationships with key…

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Organizational strategy, mission, and vision developed by CHC governing body and staff

Strategic planning session in Ottawa. Photo: D. Folkerson

Organizations need to occasionally check what direction they are moving in to make sure they’re still going where they want to go. With this in mind, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and staff recently participated in a planning session to discuss the organization’s high-level strategy. The group discussed CHC’s mission…

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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

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.

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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