The bushel is a critical unit in grain farming. It’s used to describe volume in many contexts, including a crop’s yield per acre, the amount of grain that fits in a truck or bin, and as a fundamental piece of information in grain sales contracts. But not all bushels are the same. More specifically, a…
Effective April 13, Cargill’s protein facility at London, Ont., will wind down and temporarily idle processing due to COVID-19 impacts on the community. The poultry processing facility says as they work in partnership with the union, employees will receive a weekly guarantee of 36 hours of pay, as they reinforce the importance of adhering to provincial stay-at-home orders. They have…
Effective April 13, Cargill’s protein facility at London, Ont., will wind down and temporarily idle processing due to COVID-19 impacts on the community.
The poultry processing facility says as they work in partnership with the union, employees will receive a weekly guarantee of 36 hours of pay, as they reinforce the importance of adhering to provincial stay-at-home orders. They have encouraged employees who are sick or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days to stay home.
Cargill has also offered up to 80 hours of additional paid leave related to COVID-19.
Derek Hill, general manager for Cargill’s London, Ont., location says their focus is on continuing to keep employees safe and getting the facility back to normal operations.
“This was a difficult decision for our team who are operating an essential service and are committed to delivering food for families across Canada and ensuring the resilience of our supply chain,” Hill explains. “But ultimately, our employee’s safety and well-being come first. They are everyday heroes on the frontlines of our food system. In addition to continuing implementation of our extensive safety protocols, we are working closely with local health departments, public health office, and other strategic partners in all communities where it operates to help facilitate vaccinations as soon as supplies are available.”
Safety measures that have been in place for the last few months will remain in place when Cargill resumes full operations.
As compensation for market access granted under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the federal government has announced two programs to benefit chicken, turkey, egg, and hatching…
As compensation for market access granted under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the federal government has announced two programs to benefit chicken, turkey, egg, and hatching egg producers.
The Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program will dole out $630 million over a decade to farmers through on-farm, cost-share projects. Based on quota, farmers will be able to access funds for projects that allow them to modernize or become more efficient. Projects from new barn construction or upgrading feeding, watering, lighting, ventilation, or heating systems may be eligible.
The first intake for the program will be announced this spring. Projects will be funded 70/30 by the government and farmer, though young farmers may be eligible for 85 per cent cost-share.
Funding will be distributed starting in 2021-22, and will be allocated as follows:
- $347.3 million for chicken producers;
- $59.6 million for turkey producers;
- $134 million for egg producers; and,
- $88.6 million for broiler hatching egg producers.
The Market Development Program for Turkey and Chicken will provide $36.5 million for the Turkey Farmers of Canada and $25 million for the Chicken Farmers of Canada over ten years for promotional activities that differentiate Canadian-made products’ reputation for “high-quality, safe and sustainably farmed food that adheres to strict animal welfare standards,” the government says.
Funding will be distributed to the national industry organizations, who will submit a multi-year strategy to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for approval.
The organizers of conferences on soil health, grazing, and regenerative agriculture are joining forces to offer a one-stop-shop of events and activities. The Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and…
The organizers of conferences on soil health, grazing, and regenerative agriculture are joining forces to offer a one-stop-shop of events and activities.
The Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing, Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC), and Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) have connected their annual events and organizational activities via a jointly-signed memorandum of understanding, with the intent to “ensure the interests of Prairie farmers and producers are front and centre.”
The new effort will be called the Prairie Region Soil Health Network.
Duncan Morrison, executive director of MFGA, says the pandemic has affected conference organizers ability to plan, host, and engage producer audiences via gatherings across the Prairies.
“Our agriculture conferences are critical lifelines for each of our smaller-sized groups. We need them for the attendance gate and financial reasons, but more of all, we need them as a place and opportunity for producers to network and learn and share knowledge among each other,” says Morrison.
MFGA has hosted three different formats in their three years of hosting an event.
In Alberta, under the leadership of Nora Paulovich and Laura Gibney, the biennial Alberta Soil Health and Grazing Conference grew into a well-attended event — 550-plus attendees at their 2019 conference — for those interested in what goes on below and above the soil surface.
Paulovich says the Alberta conference team felt the pandemic made holding an event in 2021 uncertain and have moved planning for their event to 2022. “It makes total sense to support each other with a collaborative Prairie approach,” says Paulovich.
According to Morrison, the new agreement broadens the collective wingspan for all three provincial groups to promote the conferences, in whatever format — online, in-person, or webinar-based.
SFC chose to cancel their inaugural 2021 event but Shannon McArton, executive director of SFC, says the decision was the right choice.
“We haven’t stopped planning since we were forced to postpone. SFC partnered with the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association to deliver the first Saskatchewan Soil Health and Grazing Conference just as soon as we can. Working with this prairie group to share ideas and networks and cross-promote our events will be a great boost for us and the other two organizations, and ultimately all the producers we represent and network with,” says McArton.
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