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

Meet the International Workers: Felena Pereira

May 15, 2019
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Felena’s a single mom from Trinidad and Tobago, with a son and daughter aged 13 and 10. Back home, she lives with her mom, with her siblings close by. Everyone depends on her and the salary she makes as an international farm worker. She calls it her “bread and butter”. At first, she wasn’t able…

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Protecting Our Wine from Pests

May 14, 2019

The Canadian wine industry contributes $9 billion each year to the Canadian economy through its impact on agriculture and tourism. During the past 25 years, this sector has grown significantly with no small help from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). AAFC science teams have studied ways to protect grapes from insect damage – examining both…

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Guest post: Resistant Weed Testing Is Available for Horticulture Growers

May 14, 2019

by Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Management Specialist Herbicide resistant weeds are not unique anymore, they are the norm.  When I ask growers how many believe they have herbicide resistant weeds on their farm, more than 70 per cent of the hands in the room go up.  Then I ask – how many people have tested…

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Guest Post: The case for the Canadian agriculture industry to proactively engage in pesticide resistance management

May 10, 2019

The Ontario Pest Management Conference (OPMC) Steering Committee commissioned this White Paper as a call to action, to stimulate focused dialogue and set in motion a compelling strategy to proactively engage Canadian agriculture stakeholders in pesticide resistance management (RM). Its intention is to set out a coherent approach to align Canadian agriculture stakeholders in RM engagement. It…

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Canadian produce industry hosts successful Farm to Plate meetings with Parliamentarians

May 8, 2019

(French to follow) On May 7, 2019 industry leaders representing the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) met with parliamentarians and their staff in Ottawa to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector, in particular: crop protection, financial protection for the fruit and vegetable industry, and…

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Meet the International Workers: Shervan Lumsden

May 1, 2019
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Shervin, a Jamaican native, has been coming to Canada since 2009. He and others like him make the long trip to prune, manage and harvest Canadian fruit and vegetable crops for Canadian farmers. He says this opportunity is a life-changer for a lot of people and he means every word of it. “With this job,…

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Meet the International Workers: Joseph Hackett

Apr 25, 2019
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When Joseph Hackett first came to Canada as an international farm worker in 2004, he only intended it as a one-time job. But owner Charles Stevens and his family at Wilmot Orchards made him feel so much at home that he has been coming back every year since. In fact, it’s the family atmosphere he…

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Virus Threat – Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV)

Apr 25, 2019

There is a new virus threat that has brought concerns to tomato and pepper growers in Canada. The Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) was first detected in 2014 and since then, more recent detections have occurred in Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, and the United States (California). Information on the virus is…

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Restriction of Neonicotinoid Uses to Take Effect in 2021

Apr 23, 2019

Late last week, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), a division of Health Canada, released its final decisions on the pollinator re-evaluations of three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin (Clutch), imidacloprid (Admire), and thiamethoxam (Cruiser, Actara). Health Canada determined that the continued registration of imidacloprid, clothianidin, or thiamethoxam products are acceptable; however, certain uses have been cancelled…

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Meet the International Workers: Gary Dickson

Apr 11, 2019
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Meet Gary Dickson. He’s originally from Trinidad and Tobago. 21 years ago, Marshall Schuyler, from Norfolk County, ON, recruited him to work on his farm. The opportunity changed his life. With the money he made as an international farm worker, Gary put his two kids through school. Those kids are now grown up and have…

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