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

Canadian Horticultural Council and Canadian Produce Marketing Association Recognize NDP Commitment to Payment Protection for Produce Sellers

Jun 19, 2019

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognize the commitment made on Sunday by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to implement protection for growers selling to the U.S. and taking immediate steps to restore Canada’s preferential access under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). “It is a very positive sign to see…

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New Video: The Unshakable Bond

Jun 12, 2019

We have just published the latest video in our Heartbeat international farm workers awareness campaign: “An Unshakable Bond.”  The bond between farmers and international farm workers relies on a sense of mutual trust and respect. Together, they take the time to get to know one another on a level that goes beyond the farm field – they…

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Post-Market Pesticide Re-evaluation Review Stakeholder Engagement Sessions: What Was Heard Report

Jun 5, 2019

In the fall of 2018, the PMRA set out to meet with stakeholders across Canada to seek feedback on the current and future state of the re-evaluation program. As the workload of the PMRA’s re-evaluation program increases, the PMRA is introducing improvements and efficiencies in order to improve the programs overall sustainability. The report summarizes…

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New Video: More than a Partnership

May 28, 2019

We have just published the “More than than a Partnership“ video in our awareness campaign in celebration of international farm workers. When you have workers returning year after year, the partnerships reach beyond just the day to day operations of the farm. It should come as no surprise that friendships form and farmers and workers alike…

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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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