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June 2021

Recent news

Record set by Canadian farmers for recycling ag-plastic jugs


Cleanfarms has calculated a three-year average for the amount of recycled agricultural pesticide and fertilizer containers for the last 32 years in Canada. The 2020 recycled amount was just calculated and is at 76% compared to 71% in 2019. The increase of 5% sets a record for recycling ag plastic jugs in Canada!
 
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Do you have an idea that could reduce food waste in Canada?


Applications are now open for the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada's food waste reduction challenge. If you have an idea that could extend the life of food or transform food waste into new products, don't miss this opportunity for funding! Deadline is August 31, 2021. 
 
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Congratulations to Crystal Mackay on becoming Food Day Canada's new coordinator


An advocate for Canadian food and farming and a University of Guelph alumna, Crystal Mackay will be planning Canada's largest culinary celebration this year! This years virtual event will celebrate Canadian food and the people who create and study it. 
 
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New research project focused on identifying the best ideas and practices in rural Canadian communities


As rural and smaller Canadian communities face unique challenges, Canada 2020 is launching a new research project to support community well-being and inclusive economic growth. The project will feature round table discussions, policy labs, events and discussion papers. 
 
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Events

Free workshop on how to obtain and use Habitat Aqua safely


The Ontario Invasive Plant Council and BASF Canada are presenting an overview of Habitat Aqua for invasive Phragmites over water. Learn about how to obtain and use Habitat Aqua safely, effectively and legally. The free workshop will be held virtually on July 6 from 10:00 - 1:00 PM EST.
 
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Resources

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) AgriHR Toolkit 

Through the Canadian Horticultural Council’s partnership with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, our members have free access to the AgriHR Toolkit. This resource is designed to address the unique needs of the agriculture industry. Based on years of research and field testing conducted in Canada and internationally, this toolkit offers everything you need to improve your people management skills and develop key resources to help you find, retain, and support your employees. To access it, simply set up an account using the Coupon Code: HORTtoolkit.

COVID-19 Information Centre

We are continuing to work with commodity and regional representatives, as well as with other agriculture industry organizations, to reduce the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on our sector. Visit CHC's COVID-19 Information Centre webpage for the latest information, updates and links for resources for producers and industry representatives.

Media highlights

McCain Foods plants first crop of potatoes at farm of the future

New data collection technique for automated scouting

Robots may eventually help kill weeds that impede strawberry yield

Bioactive packaging can keep strawberries fresher for longer

This is where the industry can be inspired regarding healthy food

Developing living plant sensors to ask farmers for what they need

XAG R150 ground robot debuts to help Japanese farmers overcome aging

Will a home compostable label be developed in time to meet changing regulations?
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