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Canadian minor use priority-setting workshops cancelled


March 17, 2020
By Jim Chaput, OMAFRA

The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pest Management Centre (AAFC-PMC) officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 Canadian Pest Management Priority-setting (minor use and biopesticides priority-setting) workshop scheduled for March 24-26, 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic now sweeping the planet.

As a result, a revised approach to reviewing and selecting the top priority crop-pest minor use projects will be explored in consultation with grower stakeholders, provincial minor use coordinators, registrants, researchers and AAFC-PMC personnel. Rest assured that the provinces will play a key role in advocating for the continuation of the process albeit via different methods and approaches to ensure that critically needed pest management tools are developed for all Canadian minor use and specialty crop sectors.

To obtain the latest updates on the minor use program contact your provincial minor use coordinator:

Newfoundland and Labrador – Leah Madore
Prince Edward Island – Sebastian Ibarra
New Brunswick – Gavin Graham
Nova Scotia – Jason Sproule
Quebec – Mathieu Cote
Ontario – Jim Chaput
Manitoba – Colleen Flynn
Saskatchewan – Carter Peru
Alberta – Gayah Sieusahai
British Columbia – Caroline Bedard


Jim Chaput is the minor use coordinator for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.