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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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.

Labour shortages persist

The Grower
May 18, 2020

Growers across the country are still short of temporary foreign labour at a critical time of the season.

Not so ready-to-pick: Canadian growers left hanging by COVID-19

CBC News
May 17, 2020
First harvests are here, but the full seasonal workforce is not.

Farm group says lack of federal aid could result in food shortage

May 1, 2020
Canadian farmers are asking the federal government for more aid to help the agriculture sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reality about food and drug shortages in Canada due to COVID-19

The National Post
April 14, 2020

The government has focused on ensuring that Canadians have the means to buy groceries, it has been slower at ensuring there is food on the shelves, according to John Ivison.

Government of Canada provides $20 million to safeguard Canada’s food supply by supporting critical food inspection services

Government of Canada
April 14, 2020
The Government of Canada is providing $20 million to the CFIA to support critical food inspection that help to ensure that Canadians will have continued access to safe, high-quality food to feed their families.

Canadians won’t starve but we aren’t spoiled for choice in our domestic food supply

National Post
April 10, 2020

Could Canadians farm for the country? Of course. But that would require mobilizing tens of thousands of people who’d demand higher wages, writes Matt Gurney.

Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19

Government of Canada
March 23, 2020
Justin Trudeau announced important new measures to support farmers and agri-food businesses in Canada facing financial hardship due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.