On May 9, 2017, Alvin Keenan, President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), Rebecca Lee, Executive Director, and Mark Wales, Chair of CHC’s Business Risk Management Committee, joined other members of Canada’s AgGrowth Coalition in a meeting with Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The meeting participants discussed a joint industry-government review…Read More
Health Canada has published the final re-evaluation decision on glyphosate. Following a rigorous science-based assessment, Health Canada has determined that when used according to the label, products containing glyphosate are not a concern to human health and the environment. Glyphosate, marketed under brand names such as RoundupTM and VisionTM, is a common herbicide that is…Read More
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and sector organizations, including the Canadian Horticultural Council, has released a voluntary biosecurity guide for producers in the greenhouse vegetable sector. The guide supports the National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Sectors that was released in March 2016. The…Read More
The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) recently made its 2016 Annual Report available for public download. The Annual Report features messages by CHC’s President and Executive Director, and provides updates on the work of CHC committees and other CHC activities throughout the year. Download the Canadian Horticultural Council’s 2016 Annual ReportRead More
The Chair of the Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, Pat Finnigan, recently wrote a letter to the Minister of Health, Hon. Jane Philpott, regarding the proposed re-evaluation of imidacloprid by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). In his letter, Mr. Finnigan expresses concerns over the lack of transparency in the PMRA’s process,…Read More
The Canadian horticultural landscape: from cost to cost to cost Article reproduced with permission from The Grower KAREN DAVIDSON Winnipeg, MB – The theme of “cost creep” dominated the recent annual general meeting, March 14-16, of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC). When tallied, the costs that are now borne by growers threaten competitiveness in a…Read More
Back Row: (left to right) Andrew Lovell, NB; Fred Steele, BC; Robert Purton, SK; Brian Gilroy, ON; Jocelyn St-Denis, QC; Adrian Huisman, ON.
Front Row: (left to right) Bar Hayre, BC; Beth Connery, MB; Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director, ON; Alvin Keenan, President, PEI; Keith Kuhl, MB; Stephanie Levasseur, QC; Peter Swetnam, NS.
Photo: Jody Mott.
The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is pleased to present its new President and Board of Directors for 2017-2018. President CHC’s Board of Directors has appointed Alvin Keenan, of Prince Edward Island, for the 2017-2018 term. Alvin started working with CHC in 1983. Since that time, he has advocated on a wide range of issues, including…Read More
Keith Kuhl, outgoing President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), presented Gary Linkletter with the 2017 Doug Connery Award for leadership excellence during CHC’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gary is a seventh-generation potato farmer from Prince Edward Island who has been advocating for the potato industry at a national level for many years.…Read More
The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, recently announced a contribution of $1 million to support international bodies that develop standards for food safety and plant and animal health. The contribution of $1 million is allocated to eight (8) initiatives and projects as follows: CAN$325,000 to support accelerated delivery of scientific advice…Read More
The International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) has launched a user-friendly app to help users from across the supply chain to source PLUs. The launch of the app comes at a time when the demand for the voluntary codes, used for price identification at retail point of sale for fresh produce items that are sold…Read More