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

New publications encourage Canadian honey bee health

Jul 31, 2017

The Bee Health Roundtable recently published two documents related to honey bee health: Canadian Best Management Practices for Honey Bee Health is a useful manual for those interested in bee keeping. It covers a wide variety of topics, such as hive management, pest disease treatments, queen health, and bee nutrition. Planting Forage for Honey Bees in…

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Board of Directors hosts tour of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley

Jul 27, 2017
Government and industry representatives on CHC’s summer bus tour
Government and industry representatives on CHC’s summer bus tour

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) recently welcomed industry and government representatives on a tour of fruit and vegetable farms in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Tour participants visited several greenhouses, a farm market, an apple orchard, a vineyard, and a packing house cooperative. At each location, the group learned directly from the owners and the…

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FPT Ministers of Agriculture endorse the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada

Jul 26, 2017
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To support of economic opportunities and to protect human health and the environment, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture recently endorsed the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada. Over the last year, governments, industry, academia and others who play a role in plant and animal health came together to chart a…

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Third Global Minor Use Summit

Jun 23, 2017

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in partnership with the USDA IR-4 Project and the USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service, will host The Third Global Minor Use Summit, from October 1-4, 2017 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. The Summit will feature multiple presentations, workshops and breakout sessions designed to help growers address challenges in accessing…

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Consultation: Healthy Eating Strategy

Jun 19, 2017
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Health Canada is seeking input on two elements of the Healthy Eating Strategy. Growers are encouraged to provide input, as their insights will be used to help shape future proposals and advance the policy and regulatory process. Both public consultations run from June 10 to July 25, 2017. Public consultation on the revision of Canada’s…

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CHC delivers messages on non-tariff barriers at Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

Jun 8, 2017
Rebecca Lee and Ken Forth in the house of commons
Rebecca Lee and Ken Forth appeared before the standing committee to address non-tariff barriers. Photo credit: CHC

Rebecca Lee, Executive Director of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), and Ken Forth, Chair of CHC’s Trade and Marketing Committee, recently appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food to address the impact of non-tariff barriers on international trade in horticulture. Ms. Lee and Mr. Forth delivered the following messages to…

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Government of Canada launches supercluster initiative

Jun 5, 2017
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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) recently launched the Innovation Superclusters Initiative, which will allocate a small number of high-value, strategic investments in the form of non-repayable contributions to industry-led consortia. Contributions will normally be between $125–$250 million, for a total of up to $950 million, by March 31, 2022, and will be matched with private sector…

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New phytosanitary requirements for Ontario cherries

May 29, 2017
european cherry fruit fly
In 2016, European cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cerasi L.), a regulated pest to Canada, was detected for the first time in Canada. This insect was found in association with invasive honeysuckle in southern Ontario. Photo: ©entomart

Effective June 1st, 2017, fresh cherries produced in Ontario will be prohibited from moving into British Columbia, and must be certified free from European cherry fruit fly before being moved to other provinces in Canada. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has also prohibited fresh cherries produced in Ontario from entering the United States.…

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Agriculture Minister and AgGrowth Coalition discuss review of Business Risk Management programs

May 29, 2017
Members of the AgGrowth Coalition with Minister MacAulay.
Members of the AgGrowth Coalition with Minister MacAulay.

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…

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Health Canada approves herbicide glyphosate

May 2, 2017
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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…

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