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Crop Protection Working Group

The Crop Protection Working Group assembles a dedicated group of Canadian Horticultural Council members who possess expertise in the areas of crop protection, plant health and environmental issues, combined with hands-on experience as growers. The Working Group meets once a year in March at the Annual General Meeting to deal with a wide range of business including crop protection tools, minor use product registrations, proposed regulatory changes, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) projects, trade irritants, and other concerns.

The Chair is appointed on a yearly basis at the Annual General Meeting in March. To contact the Chair, call the National Office at:  (613) 226-4880 or send an email.

Chair: Jason Smith
Vice-chair: Dr. Tracy Shinners-Carnelley

Learn more about crop protection issues in horticulture

About Jason Smith, Chair

Jason SmithJason Smith is a fourth-generation blueberry grower who operates a 15-acre farm in Abbotsford, B.C.  He is currently Vice-President of BC Berry Cultivar Development Inc. and is Past-Chair of the BC Blueberry Council. He is also involved with the North American Blueberry Council Finance Committee and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Good Agricultural Practices Committee. Jason has also worked off-farm for Terralink Horticulture, a major crop input supply company, for about 13 years, and has been operating PIER Management and Consulting, his own consulting and product supply company, for the last 3.5 years.

Jason operates Fraser Berry Farms with his wife Melissa and two daughters Sophia and Charlie. His family started blueberry farming in the Fraser Valley in 1949.

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