Check out these recent news articles to find out more about the challenges and opportunities facing farmers and agri-food organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National News

New resource brings agriculture into Canadian schools

The Grower
February 23, 2021
Farm & Food Care (FFC) and Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) have partnered on a national classroom resource designed for students and teachers across Canada.

#CdnAgDay 2021

The Western Producer
February 22, 2021
#CdnAgDay is a day to celebrate the contributions of producers from across the country. Take a look at this showcase of some of the farm families working to produce safe, high-quality food for Canadians.

Federal funds aid KAIROS and partner support to agriculture workers

February 17, 2021
KAIROS Canada is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has awarded it $2.18 million to support and to assist temporary foreign workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the agricultural sector.

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British Columbia News

Nine B.C. universities joining partnership to support local food

February 14, 2021
The University of Northern British Columbia is among the post-secondary institutions in B.C. working to bring more local food to their campuses.

Seaweed farming opens world of opportunity for coastal B.C.

Nanaimo News Bulletin
February 8, 2021
“Seaweed farming can generate 3,000 coastal jobs and $1 billion to the GDP of coastal B.C.,” says chairman and founding partner of Cascadia Seaweed Bill Collins.

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Alberta News

Alberta restaurants, bars reopen for dine-in customers in next step of relaunch

CBC News
February 8, 2021
Alberta restaurants can now reopen for in-person dining as part of the province’s four-step plan to reopen the economy.

Widespread root rot found in Alta. pea fields

The Western Producer
February 4, 2021
The severity found in surveys conducted last year reached levels at which the disease can become an economic threat

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Saskatchewan News

Record year for agriculture exports from Saskatchewan

Global News
February 9, 2021
New figures released Tuesday by the province said Saskatchewan had $16.9 billion in agricultural exports last year, up 31 per cent from 2019.

Governments announce $7.5 million in ADF funding for livestock and forage research in Saskatchewan

Real Agriculture
January 28, 2021
The federal and Saskatchewan governments announced $7.5 million in funding for livestock and forage research in 2021 through the Saskatchewan Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) on Wednesday.

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Manitoba News

Some Manitoba restaurants open dining rooms despite COVID-19 capacity limit

Global News
February 13, 2021
While some restaurants in Winnipeg are gearing up for opening weekend, others have chosen to stay closed for in-house dining, pointing to the 25 per cent limit and safety for staff members.

Exports empty Canada’s canola bins, driving prices to near records

January 31, 2021
Canada, the world’s biggest canola grower, is running short of the oilseed six months before the next harvest, with strong export demand driving prices to nearly 13-year highs last week.

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Ontario News

Ontario improving farm safety for agri-food workers

Government of Ontario
February 16, 2021
The Government of Ontario is providing up to $118,500 to develop specialized COVID-19 resources to better protect the health and safety of temporary foreign workers and others employed in the agri-food sector.

5th-generation farm owner in Ontario fights city plan to take her property for industrial park

CBC News
February 1, 2021
The owner of a 150-year-old farm in Welland, Ont., is fighting the city’s decision in December to expropriate and purchase the land for an industrial park.

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Quebec News

The future of the food supply chain lives on a rooftop in Montreal

February 6, 2021

This is a modern foodie’s dream: a tech-forward online shop full of locally grown, pesticide-free, ethically-sourced products at reasonable price points, delivered once a week to either your doorstep or a local pickup point in your neighborhood.

A Quebec ballet dancer returns home to run dairy farm after spending years touring Canada

CBC News
February 3, 2021

A farmer in the Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec is striking a fine, if unusual, balance: running his family dairy farm by day and working as a classical ballet dancer by night.

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Atlantic Canada News

Arrival of temporary foreign workers in limbo after federal travel restrictions

CBC News
February 5, 2021
One week after imposing air travel restrictions, the Trudeau government is still working on protocols to allow several thousand temporary foreign workers into Atlantic Canada where all airports have been closed to international flights.

NL Eats — the Snowmageddon-inspired food bank that delivers — needs a new home

CBC News
January 25, 2021
A St. John’s mobile food bank has outgrown its garage headquarters and is searching for a new home, to help it continue to provide food to hundreds of people across the region.

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