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National News

Restaurants Canada is calling on Premier Ford to set up an industry survival taskforce

Restaurants Canada
November 16, 2020
As Ontario continues to respond to the second wave of COVID-19, Restaurants Canada is urging the provincial government to set up a dedicated taskforce to help businesses survive.

Canada to help set up ‘Bangabandhu Pierre Trudeau Agricultural Research Center’

The Financial Express
November 14, 2020
The ‘Bangabandhu Pierre Trudeau Agricultural Research Center’ is going to be set up in Bangladesh to conduct research in the field of agriculture for ensuring food security system tolerant of global climate change.

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.

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British Columbia News

Small-scale meat producers having trouble getting animals to market due to inspector shortage: B.C. ranchers

CBC News
October 24, 2020
Some B.C. farmers and ranchers raising animals for small, local markets are worried the meat may never make it to consumers because product demand is outstripping slaughterhouse capacity and the availability of product inspectors.

Unconfirmed Asian giant hornet sighting in Terrace, B.C. 

Yorkton This Week
October 18, 2020
An Asian giant hornet, colloquially known as a ‘murder hornet’, may have been spotted in Terrace, B.C.

Alberta News

Alberta cutting 930 jobs in social services, agriculture, wildfire management: AUPE

Global News
October 21, 2020
The cuts could impact up to 546 positions in Community and Social Services and 247 in Agriculture and Forestry, according to a disclosure letter sent to the AUPE.

Alberta agriculture shines ‘during these tough times’

Alberta Farmer Express
October 15, 2020
The provincial government says “record crops and strengthened cattle prices are leading Alberta’s economic recovery.”

Saskatchewan News

Stock Growers launch fifth annual Beef Drive on behalf of Saskatchewan food banks

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association
November 2, 2020
The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association has launched its fifth annual Beef Drive for the Food Banks of Saskatchewan. This year’s goal is to surpass last year’s total by collecting over 10,000 pounds in beef in addition to direct financial donations.

Manitoba News

Government of Canada invests $1.9 million to further protect Manitoba farm workers during COVID-19

November 10, 2020
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that applications are now being accepted for Manitoba farmers under the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund.

Governments of Canada and Manitoba invest in project to address the need for skilled workers in Manitoba’s agriculture sector

Government of Canada
November 4, 2020
Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced the governments of Canada and Manitoba are collaborating with the Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative to address the availability of skilled workers in Manitoba’s agriculture sector.

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Ontario News

Greenhouse growers press forward with Ontario’s COVID-19 control and prevention strategy

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers
November 16, 2020

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) are fully supportive of the Prevention, Control and Outbreak Support Strategy for COVID-19 in Ontario’s Farm Workers launched today to by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

Guest workers share context in Nature Fresh Farms short doc

The Grower
November 11, 2020

Nature Fresh Farms has released a 22-minute documentary offering an inside look at how the COVID-19 outbreak affected its operations, particularly its guest work force of several hundred.

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Quebec News

Supporting Quebec food processors in their effort to protect employees

October 14, 2020

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of over $380,000 under the Emergency Processing Fund for four local food processors in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec.

Smaller birds for a smaller Thanksgiving, says local farmer

CBC News
October 4, 2020

The turkeys at Sylvain Bertrand’s farm in western Quebec are smaller than in previous years — making them ideal for a more intimate Thanksgiving celebration during COVID-19.

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Atlantic Canada News

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.

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Northern Canada News

Up to $400K in funds available for N.W.T. agriculture producers, territory says

CBC News
October 22, 2020

The N.W.T. government says there is $400,000 worth of funds available to agriculture producers to increase their operations.