Pest Management Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
960 Carling Ave, Building 57
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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2021 is the Year of Fruits and Vegetables and 2020 is the International Year of Plant Health (extended to June 2021) as declared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. See how Canada supports the International Year of Plant Health.
Canadian farmers and growers require effective tools to manage pest problems like weeds, insects, diseases, and nematodes which can threaten the quality, value, and yield of the crops they produce. Each year the centre holds pest management priority setting workshops. During these workshops, stakeholders, including growers and grower groups work with provincial minor use coordinators and centre staff to prioritize crop-pest problems and to identify potential solutions for these problems. This year, the workshops will be virtual.
The workshops (11 am to 4 pm Eastern Standard Time) will be held as follows:
- Registrant presentations (Weed, Entomology, Pathology) – February 10
- C priority selection workshop (Weed, Entomology, Pathology) – February 23 to 24
- B priority selection workshop (Weed, Entomology, Pathology) – March 3 to 4
- A priority selection workshop (Weed, Entomology, Pathology) – March 29 to 30
Registration for the workshops is by invitation only. For more information on the workshops, please contact Mary Anne Mathura at email@example.com.
The registrant presentation session is an open session, however, space will be limited. To register for this session, please send your signature block or your name, your title, the company or organization that you represent, phone number, and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use "Registration for the new technology session" in the subject line of your email.
Pest Management Program Service teams
- Pesticide risk reduction
Reducing risks associated with pesticide use in agricultural crop production
- Minor use pesticides
Supporting Canadian growers of minor crops (horticultural, fruits, berries, seeds, forages and other specialty crops) with their pest management needs by generating data for registration of new minor uses of pesticides.
Our current science activities
- Integrated pest management solutions
Projects developing and evaluating lower-risk pest control approaches for agricultural crops
- Minor use pesticide projects
Research projects and product regulatory submissions focused on managing pests on specific, minor crops
Projects incorporating biopesticides as part of integrated management programs for insect pests, weeds and plant diseases of crops
- Agricultural pest management
Learn about pest management research project results and agricultural pest management resources including crop profiles, field guides, fact sheets, strategies to reduce the use of pesticides, and other resources.
- Pest Management Centre advisory and technical committees
Our advisory and technical committees provide advice to effectively deliver the work of the pest management program.
What we are doing
Our research priorities are determined in partnership with the grower community, provincial governments, scientific experts, and the crop protection industry by identifying critical weed, insect and disease pest problems and matching them with potential solutions.
Our research activities also include non-chemical control options such as biopesticides, and farm management practices that integrate tillage, crop rotation, cultivar resistance, seed selection, balanced fertility, and sanitation into pest management programs.
At various agricultural research facilities across the country, centre staff conduct trials and collect data to support the registration of certain pesticides for use on minor crops, assisting Canada's crop producers to protect the yield, value, and their quality.
The centre does not provide advice on pest management to farmers or homeowners. Please contact your provincial government specialists for pest management recommendations pertinent to your region.
Advisory and technical committees advise us on emerging issues and research needs and assist our communication efforts by reporting back to interested stakeholder groups about our research programs and results.
We collaborate internationally with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Pesticides Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues, and the North American Free Trade Agreement Technical Working Group on Pesticides to promote work sharing, global harmonized maximum residue levels, and to work towards acceptance of global data and integrated pest management.
Articles of interest
- How this tiny wasp is working to keep food on our tables (2020-10-01)
- No, you don't have to grow crops to get help for your weeds (2020-06-15)
- The partner canadian growers rely on to protect their crops (2020-03-15)
- Modelling where invasive alien insects are going next (2019-08-29)
- Sustainable biocontrol agents: a standing army at the ready (2019-06-21)
- Fusarium dry rot and seed piece decay in the Maritimes (2019-04-04)
- Herbicide resistance – Genetic tools for zero tolerance (2019-02-11)
- Innovative biobed design prevents up to 70% of water contamination by pesticides on farms (2019-02-22)
- Agriculture: then and now - Managing pests (video) (2018-11-27)
- Limiting contamination from pesticide spills, splashes and rinses (2018-06-05)
- New model scores a hat-trick for farmers - Helping them manage aphids, save money, and improve environmental performance (2018-03-29)
- Cover crops to combat bacterial diseases in squash (2018-02-27)
- Use of insect netting for cabbage maggot control (2018-02-07)
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