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

PMRA proposes continued sale of acephate products

Nov 18, 2016
Tractor spraying a field. Photo by Chafer Machinery / CC BY 2.0
Tractor spraying a field. Photo by Chafer Machinery / CC BY 2.0

Following an evaluation of available scientific information, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has determined that properly labelled products containing acephate do not pose unacceptable risk to human health nor to the environment. As such, the PMRA has proposed that products containing acephate continue to be sold in Canada. Full details of the PMRA’s…

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CHC welcomes two new managers

Nov 18, 2016
CHC’s new managers: David Folkerson (Communications) and Nancy Baker (Policy Research and Development). Photo: CHC
CHC’s new managers: David Folkerson (Communications) and Nancy Baker (Policy Research and Development). Photo: CHC

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is pleased to welcome two new managers to its team. Nancy Baker, CHC’s new Manager of Policy Research and Development, has an extensive professional background that includes public policy development, analysis, research, stakeholder engagement and advocacy.  She has worked on Parliament Hill, including as an advisor to a senior cab­­inet…

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CFIA postpones final phase of requirements to prevent European Grapevine moth

Nov 9, 2016
European Grapevine moth. Photo: Wikipedia

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has delayed its final set of requirements intended to prevent the introduction of the European Grapevine moth to Canada.  The delayed requirements apply to kiwi fruit, plants for planting, and fresh herbs. These requirements have been postponed until further notice. Requirements for other fresh fruit, including grapes and blueberries,…

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CFIA authorizes test marketing of beets of various colours packaged together

Nov 9, 2016
Fresh golden and red beets. Photo by Flickr users Chris and Jenni.

Following a request by Loblaws Companies Limited to establish a test market for beets of various colours packaged together, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) solicited comments from industry stakeholders and provincial governments as per the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Regulations. No opposition was received to this test market proposal. As such, the CFIA now…

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Report from the United Fresh Washington Conference (September 12-14)

Oct 2, 2016

In preparation for the March on Capitol Hill, close to 500 representatives of the fresh produce sector held discussions on the changes needed in the current regulatory programs in support of a legal and viable workforce, the possible impact of trade  agreements being negotiated (TPP and with the European Union), and the need to continue offering fresh fruits…

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CHC Greenhouse Committee Updates

Oct 2, 2016

Joint AAFC-CFIA-MAS Organics Industry Meeting CHC representatives met with representative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Market Access Secretariat (MAS) together with several other national organic industry representatives on September 9, 2016 to discuss the on-going negotiations of organic equivalency arrangements of key trading partners. The equivalency arrangements…

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CHC Hosts Crop Protection Information Tour for Key Government Officials

Sep 11, 2016

On August 17, CHC President Keith Kuhl and Executive Director Rebecca Lee hosted a crop protection information tour of Quebec horticultural production facilities for staff of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pest Management Centre (PMC). The objective of the tour was to provide government staff involved in the…

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Confirmation of European Cherry Fruit Fly Detection in Ontario

Aug 4, 2016

CHC was informed by the CFIA  of the detection in Ontario European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) (ECFF), a previously unknown pest to North America. The host plants of this pest are cherry species and species of the invasive wild honeysuckle plant (Lonicera sp.). The detection was associated with the submission to CFIA of a…

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Captan Re-evaluation Update

Aug 3, 2016

The CHC Crop Protection Advisory Committee submitted a response to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) Proposed Re-evaluation Decision for Captan (PRVD2016-13) on July 29, 2016. This response was based on the results of grower surveys that were distributed through the provincial CHC member organizations. Surveys were conducted in five crop sectors: pome fruit, tender…

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Mid-Summer Apple Meeting and Tour

Aug 3, 2016

The CHC Mid-Summer Apple Meeting was held on July 26 & 27, 2016 in Moncton, NB.  The event was hosted by the Apple Growers of NB. The industry meeting and orchard tour were well attended by apple growers and industry representatives from across the country. The working session included discussions on market situations and trends,…

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