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AAFC announces a federal investment of up to $11.5 million to the Horticulture Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership

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The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, was on hand at the AGM on behalf of Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to announce a federal investment of up to $11.5 million to the Horticulture Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The cluster, led by CHC, will…

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Update on Brexit from the Market Access Secretariat (AAFC)

On March 29, 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (EU), initiating a 2-year period to negotiate terms of its exit from the EU. As a part of this process, the UK Parliament has passed legislation stating that it would leave the EU on March 29, 2019. In…

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AAFC seeking stakeholder feedback on proposed revisions to voluntary Product of Canada guidelines

In the 2018 Report of Canada’s Economic Strategy Tables, the Agri-Food Table recommended a review of the guidelines for “Product of Canada” and “Made in Canada” labels “to respond to consumers increasingly looking to purchase Canadian products and enable greater industry usage of the claims”.  One of the six signature initiatives proposed by Canada’s Economic…

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Meet the International Workers: Tony Rice

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Tony has been coming back to Wilmot Orchards every year for 30 years. According to him, “it’s like a family reunion every time we come back.” As one of 14 siblings, Tony knows what he’s talking about! Other than the financial benefits of working on the farm and being able to buy things to take…

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SGS Canada no longer offering CanadaGAP audits after June 30, 2019

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Program participants who currently use SGS Canada as the certification body for their CanadaGAP audits and self-assessment reviews must choose a new certification body as soon as possible. Acting quickly will ensure that your upcoming audit or self-assessment review can be completed at the appropriate time and prevent interruptions to your certification cycle. No further…

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Canadian Organic Standards 2020 Review

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The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Committee on Organic Agriculture, or “Technical Committee” (TC) met in Ottawa, March 19-21, 2019 as part of its regular 5-year, cyclical review of the Canadian Organic Standards (COS). CHC continues to participate in several Task Force and Working Groups, organized by the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC), which have…

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Summary of the 2019 Minor Use Workshops

CHC’s Crop Protection Manager, Caleigh Hallink-Irwin attended the 2019 Minor Use Workshops in Gatineau, QC on March 19-21. Participants attended from across Canada, as well as from Brazil, Australia, and the United States. The Pest Management Centre debuted its pilot program to build more flexibility into the minor use prioritization selection. The same total number…

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Canadian Horticultural Council 2019 Annual General Meeting Recap

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CHC held its 2019 Annual General Meeting from March 5 to 7th at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax. Our 2019 AGM theme was Growing Our Competitiveness. Roughly 180 delegates and observers joined in Halifax to discuss policy issues and to hear presentations from a number of government and industry representatives. 2019 AGM Highlights: AAFC…

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CHC Premieres New Documentary to Honour International Farm Workers

On March 20th, CHC showcased a new documentary to honour international farm workers at a premier held at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum’s Learning Centre in Ottawa. The screening of ‘Heartbeat – A Celebration of International Farm Workers’, was attended by foreign dignitaries, government officials and leaders, farmers and workers in Canada’s agriculture industry.…

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