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News articles from the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) include updates on CHC activities and issues impacting the horticultural sector.

New video: The truth about Canada’s temporary foreign worker programs

Jan 2, 2019
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We have just published our fourth video in our awareness campaign in celebration of international farm workers. View video Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Video description Shervin, a Jamaican who has been coming to Canada since 2009, wants to set the record straight about Canada’s temporary foreign worker programs. Please share As always, we believe these…

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New video: Let’s celebrate international farm workers!

Dec 14, 2018
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We have just published our fourth video in our awareness campaign in celebration of international farm workers. View video Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Video description Sound on, volume up! If Canada has a heartbeat, that heartbeat is the Canadian farm. And the soul of that farm? Our international workers, helping Canadian farmers thrive for the…

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CHC and Canada’s Health Minister discuss key horticultural issues

Dec 14, 2018
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CHC met with Canada’s Minister of Health, the Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, to discuss Canada’s Food Guide and the need for more resources at the Pest Management Regulatory Agency. From left to right: Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director; the. Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health; Brian Gilroy, CHC President; Robyn McKee, CHC Policy Manager; and Caleigh Irwin, CHC Crop Protection Manager.

CHC representatives recently sat down with the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health. to thank her for speaking at Fall Harvest 2018, and in order to discuss certain key issues currently impacting the horticultural sector. Items discussed The meeting focused on three advocacy priorities for CHC: Canada’s updated food guide needs to recognize the…

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CanadaGAP holds 2018 Annual General Meeting

Dec 13, 2018
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The Annual General Meeting of CanAgPlus, the not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP® Program, was held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 in Ottawa. CanadaGAP program participants elected two new and two returning directors to the CanAgPlus Board. Congratulations to the following individuals: Mike Furi, Federated Co-operatives Limited Alvin Keenan, Rollo Bay Holdings Cathy…

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Selection Process for the President and Chief Executive Officer for Farm Credit Canada

Dec 11, 2018
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To ensure that Farm Credit Canada Council continues to effectively deliver on its mandate, the government of Canada is looking for candidates with significant management experience at the senior level in a major public or private sector corporation and with experience in strategic management and the implementation of modern corporate governance principles and best practices.…

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New video: What is the value of an international farm worker?

Dec 7, 2018
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The newest video of our campaign in celebration of international farm workers looks at the greater economic impact of the programs on our communities. Former mayor of Leamington, John Patterson, tells the story in his own words. View video Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Video description Every year, international farm workers pour about 18 million dollars…

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Canadian Greenhouse Vegetable Growers welcome federal research funds for greenhouse automation

Nov 30, 2018

On behalf of greenhouse vegetable growers across the country, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) would like to thank the federal government for recognizing the significant growth potential of greenhouse farming and establishing a $5 million Automation Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, to help continue to drive innovation and modernize the greenhouses of tomorrow. “Our…

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New video – Emotional statement about temporary foreign workers

Nov 19, 2018

We recently released our latest video in our campaign to celebrate international farm workers and to raise awareness of their importance to our industry. About the video Philippe Quinn, a farmer from Quebec, talks about the Guatemalans who work for him − especially Jose. It’s an amazing, heart-warming story full of generosity and love. We…

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Genetic Testing for Problem Weeds

Nov 14, 2018
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Story by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Vegetable growers often use herbicides to control weeds that affect production and cause yield losses. However, some weeds can develop resistance to herbicides. Not only does this impede weed management and cause yield losses, it also duplicates costs from having to try multiple weed control strategies, such as buying…

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Produce industry hosts successful Fall Harvest advocacy event on Parliament Hill

Nov 13, 2018
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Canadian fresh produce industry leaders following a meeting with the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau.

Over November 5-7, industry leaders representing the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) met with over 50 Parliamentarians and their staff, including the Prime Minister, to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector. As this year’s meetings were focused on increasing the industry’s competitiveness, discussions…

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