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

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N.B. releases local food and beverages strategy

January 18, 2021
The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries has released a food and beverage plan that will help encourage the use of local products, something that’s been stressed throughout the pandemic.

Cooke Aquaculture proposes $58M salmon hatchery on Digby Neck

CBC News
January 13, 2021
Cooke Aquaculture plans to spend $58.6 million building a salmon hatchery on Digby Neck, N.S., over the next five years.

Groundfish council won’t support federal cod stock program

CBC News
January 10, 2021
The Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council says it can’t support the federal government’s recently announced cod stock rebuilding plan, saying it’s too restrictive and won’t allow the industry to rebuild along with the fish.

COVID outbreak shuts Nova Scotia poultry plant

December 12, 2020
Provincial officials have temporarily shut a chicken and turkey slaughter and processing plant in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, citing recent cases of COVID-19 among employees. The plant had been closed Wednesday for testing to be conducted, the province said, noting all staff have been tested, “further results are expected soon” and retesting is also planned.

One-of-a-kind beef farm in Labrador shows opportunities abound

The Chronicle Herald
November 18, 2020

With only one per cent of food consumed in Labrador grown in the region, there is a market for locally produced food, be it vegetables or other crops and food products.

New P.E.I. project turns wet areas of farm fields into environmentally friendly wetlands

CBC News
October 27, 2020

A new pilot project on P.E.I. is taking the wet, boggy areas of some farm fields and turning them into wetlands.

Emergency On-Farm Support Fund now available in Nova Scotia

Greenhouse Canada
October 27, 2020

Under the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund, the Government of Canada will be investing $983,500 to protect farm workers in Nova Scotia.

N.B. National Farmers Union leader wants to help farms grow so they can feed province

CBC News
October 26, 2020

The new president of the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick says she wants to help family farms grow as they struggle through a labour shortage, pandemic and other challenges.

Nova Scotia farms get $1.2 million to help offset costs of virus measures

CTV News
October 23, 2020

Nova Scotia farmers can now apply to a $1.2-million government program aimed at covering workplace health and safety costs associated with preventing the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 outbreaks at foreign mink farms have fur breeders on high alert

CBC News
October 21, 2020

Canadian mink breeders are closely eyeing a series of coronavirus outbreaks at European and American mink farms that have forced authorities to cull millions of animals possibly infected with the disease.

The Valley Grow project: Re-energizing the home garden movement in New Brunswick

NB Media Co-op
September 30, 2020

The Valley Grow project sought to ease barriers to getting started with gardening in order to help local people make at least a modest contribution to their own household food needs.