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Craig Hunter has more than 40 years experience working in the crop protection sector, having worked in both retail and wholesale as well as pesticide application to agricultural crops. He has also conducted research, some of which has led to pesticide registrations. In his 30 years with the extension service of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, he worked in developing pest management programs and in managing research programs. Craig has been a member of The Ontario Pesticides Advisory Committee for the past 18 years. He has also been a member of the advisory committee on Pesticide Education Program for Growers and Vendors since the mid 1980s, and is a past chair. He has chaired the Ontario Pest Management Research and Services Committee for OMAFRA and has served as chair of The Expert Committee for Pesticides and Pest Management at the federal level. He continues to serve on many committees related to Minor Use Pesticide registration, The NAFTA growers’ network, and currently chairs the annual Minor Use Priority Setting Meeting for AAFC. Craig has worked for The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association since early retirement from government, dealing with all aspects of pesticides in an effort to get their uses available to growers and to ensure appropriate legislation to govern their registrations, and conditions of use. He has also had responsibility to develop On-Farm Food Safety components, including pesticide use for the new Canadian Horticultural Council programs. Craig holds a B.Sc. (AGR) and M.Sc. in Environmental Biology, and has received awards from industry for his work. He is a 38-year Rotarian, and he has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for his contributions at the local and international levels.
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