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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Food Freedom Day is February 9, 2021

Canadian Federation of Agriculture
February 9, 2021
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has calculated that by Tuesday, February 9, 2021, a Canadian household of average income will have earned enough to pay their entire year’s grocery bill.

Government of Canada invests in research and development collaborations in diverse areas from manufacturing to agriculture

Food in Canada
February 3, 2021
A new grants program provides opportunities for innovative partnerships between university researchers and the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Feb 23 – Canada’s Agriculture Day celebrates nation’s trusted food system

Food in Canada
February 3, 2021
Join the nation in celebrating Canada’s Ag Day on February 23. This year the day will bring together leaders from major food and agriculture companies in a fireside chat that will push the boundaries on the opportunities available for agriculture and food and Canada’s potential as a global food supplier.

U.S. groups tell Biden to drop the dairy duel with Canada

CBC News
February 2, 2021
A coalition of 18 labour and farming groups is asking the Biden administration to drop a trade action over dairy launched in the final days of the Trump administration.

Details on Liberals’ planned carbon offset system expected soon

Real Agriculture
January 26, 2021
The federal government plans to introduce draft regulations for its national greenhouse gas offset system in the next few weeks.

Loneliness, panic attacks: Farmers open up about mental health challenges

CTV News
January 25, 2021
Farmers and their families aren’t always mentioned in discussions of those at risk of struggling with mental health, but the reality is that it’s a problem for many in the world of agriculture.

Loneliness, panic attacks: Farmers open up about mental health challenges

CTV News
January 25, 2021
Farmers and their families aren’t always mentioned in discussions of those at risk of struggling with mental health, but the reality is that it’s a problem for many in the world of agriculture.

Farming ‘business boot camp’ teaching the next generation about agriculture

Global News
January 22, 2021
It can be tough to dive into a new career: especially one that takes you from the city to the country. But a new generation of farmers is getting a head start with the Young Agrarians “farming bootcamp.”

Facing up to harassment in agriculture

The Western Producer
January 14, 2021
Women shine a light on sexual harassment as they tell their stories of what they have faced while working at farm shows.

Conservatives call for rapid testing pilot for agriculture

High River Online
January 10, 2021
There’s a renewed push on Ottawa to do more when it comes to streamlining the process for international farm workers in regards to COVID.

Their diversity solution
January 2021
Is there a better way to find and retain farm employees in Canada’s tough market? Alberta’s Van Raay Paskal Farms figured there must be, with innovative thinking and a readiness to look to non-traditional sources.

Stuck in Canada, hundreds of migrant farm workers get help from federal government

The Toronto Star
December 16, 2020
Hundreds of Trinidadian migrant workers have been issued open work permits to stay in Canada after they found themselves stuck here, unable to return home after the harvest season, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Margin-based insurance program gains traction

Western Producer
December 10, 2020
Canada’s agriculture ministers are considering whether a margin-based income protection program could replace AgriStability in 2023.

Canada adds extra $691 million to agriculture sector, cuts timeline for dairy farmers’ aid

November 29, 2020
The Canadian government said that it will provide an additional $691 million to support the country’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers, and also reduced the timeline for payment promised to dairy farmers last year.

Canada moves to improve food security for rural and northern communities

The Poultry Site
November 10, 2020
The Government of Canada and Food Banks Canada are joining forces to improve food security in underserved communities.

CP sets new Canadian grain transport record

Top Crop Manager
November 4, 2020
Canadian Pacific set a new record for shipping Canadian grain and grain products in October, with 3.04 million metric tonnes (MMT) moved.

Ag technology seen as key to economic recovery

The Western Producer
October 30, 2020
Experts speaking at the virtual Toronto Global Forum say a meaningful economic recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic should emphasize the need for technology in the agricultural sector.

New report signals importance of environmental targets as Canada aims for agri-food leadership

The Global Institute for Food Security
October 29, 2020
Benchmarking environmental footprints of food production and supply is gaining traction across the global agri-food sector and presents Canada with the opportunity to better demonstrate its leadership in sustainable agri-food production, according to a new report.

Dairy farmers want compensation action

The Western Producer
October 23, 2020
Canada’s dairy farmers are calling on the federal government to make good on its promise to compensate producers after giving up market share of the supply-managed industry to more foreign competitors.

Climate change driving food insecurity in First Nations while government stands by, report says

CBC News
October 21, 2020
A new report from U.S.-based Human Rights Watch says changes to the climate caused by rapidly warming temperatures are depleting food sources in First Nations communities in Canada, causing increased food insecurity and exacerbating pre-existing health issues.

Canadian government gives millions in aid to agricultural workers

October 15, 2020
The federal Canadian government along with provincial governments announced on October 13 that they will be investing $11.6 million to help protect agricultural workers from coronavirus, according to the London Free Press.

Anuvia Plant Nutrients and ATP Nutrition launch SymTRX™, the first bio-based granular fertilizer in Canada

October 15, 2020
Anuvia Plant Nutrients has entered into a strategic relationship with ATP Nutrition to promote, sell and service Anuvia’s SymTRX products in Canada. SymTRX is a bio-based granular fertilizer line (16-1-0-20S and 14-24-0-10S) engineered to increase nutrient availability to the plant while contributing to improved soil health.

Program to protect farms, workers from COVID

The Western Producer
October 5, 2020
Applications are now open for a federally administered $35 million Emergency On-Farm Support Fund available in Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and the territories.

How Canadian food buying and cooking habits have changed due to Covid-19, according to experts

September 27, 2020
As sales moved online for many, the adjustments in purchasing habits in the household changed not only how we consume food, but the effects of our purchasing habits on the amount we waste.

Empowering women leadership in the agriculture and agri-food sector

Government of Canada
September 18, 2020
The Farm Credit Canada’s Women Entrepreneur Program is part of the federal Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a $5-billion investment. In agriculture, there are over 75,000 female farm operators, representing some 28.7% of all farm operators in Canada – a number which continues to modestly increase. The Women Entrepreneurship Program is expected to increase this proportion.

Government of Canada investment brings fish and seafood surplus food to Indigenous communities

Government of Canada
September 3, 2020
A government investment of up to $10.8 million through the Surplus Food Rescue Program will go to the Fisher River Cree Nation of Northern Manitoba and will be used to rescue up to 1.4 million pounds of freshwater fish caught from inland lakes of Canada. This surplus product will be distributed to more than 75 Indigenous communities throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the North.

Canada and Ontario strengthening farmers and food supply through skilled trades training

Government of Ontario
September 2, 2020
The governments of Canada and Ontario today announced they are investing in several projects that will support labour and training needs in the farming sector, including committing more than $180,000 for the development of a new college program that will provide education and training in the latest agricultural equipment.

Volunteer organization to help explain agrifood sector to Canadians

National Newswatch
September 1, 2020
As Canadians show increased interest in learning where their food comes from, a group of volunteer communications specialists has created Farmwork to Feed Canada to inform them through social media.