As the 43rd session of parliament opened Dec 5th, the Governor General laid out the government’s priorities going forward. This year’s throne speech was titled “Moving Forward Together,” and key priorities outlined were: fighting climate change, strengthening the middle class, walking the road of reconciliation, keeping Canadians safe and healthy, and positioning Canada for success…
On Wednesday, the 43rd Parliament of Canada returned after a one month prorogation by the governing Liberals and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. To begin the latest session, Governor General Julie Payette delivered a nearly hour-long speech to offer our first peek into the legislative priorities and issues of focus for the parliament session. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and Bloc leader…
On Wednesday, the 43rd Parliament of Canada returned after a one month prorogation by the governing Liberals and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
To begin the latest session, Governor General Julie Payette delivered a nearly hour-long speech to offer our first peek into the legislative priorities and issues of focus for the parliament session. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and Bloc leader Yves-Francois Blanchet did not attend in person after testing positive for COVID-19. The governor general herself gave the speech under a dome of controversy, mainly related to how she has treated her staff.
The main focus in the speech was the on-going COVID-19 response and the economic slog in the short term and going forward. Much of the speech outlined the health measures Canada is committed to, including access to a vaccine, funding for surge testing, and money for businesses that may have to shut down temporarily during an outbreak.
Overall, the speech was heavily weighted to health issues and the economy, while climate change and environment were interwoven in the government’s goal of adding one million jobs back to the economy. (Story continues below player)
Shaun Haney and Lyndsey Smith discuss the Throne Speech:
The agriculture sector made a brief appearance, though there were a few references to programs that will impact the industry and rural residents, including an old commitment to high speed internet for all Canadians, universal access to a family doctor, and support for mental health services.
Perhaps surprisingly there was no mention of the Clean Fuel Standard.
Brief mentions of agriculture came in a commitment for support for remote community food security and local food systems, and that farmers and ranchers would be recognized for their role in emissions reductions in relation to climate change and the price of pollution.
Of note, supply managed sectors got a shout out, as the government once again said it is committed to compensating these farmers for losses incurred by trade deals (i.e. the USMCA). Canada’s commitment to maintaining free trade through the World Trade Organization, and protection for migrant workers were also mentioned.
Prior to the speech, many farm leaders expressed doubt that agriculture would get a prominent place in the speech, but they were hopeful it would get more than a mention.
Several farm leaders stressed that agriculture can be a major contributor to Canada’s economic recovery.
“Ag should be identified as an important part of the recovery strategy,” noted Dennis Laycraft of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.
In a letter to the PMO, Mary Robinson, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, requested that agriculture and agri-food be mentioned in the throne speech. The letter noted “Canadian agriculture can serve as a powerful, fundamental economic engine that helps drive the Canadian economy as the nation begins to re-open. We believe that through the proper support, investment and innovation, Canadian agriculture can achieve explosive growth while also helping to feed countries struggling with domestic food production, and securing our own.”
Grain Growers of Canada president Jeff Nielsen also shared a “speech from the combine” ahead of the throne speech outlining priorities around business risk management, regulatory changes, trade, research, and internet connectivity.
While the speech did focus on “building back better, together,” it would seem the economic recovery is set to be largely driven through job training, retro-fitting houses and business to meet climate goals, an extension of the wage subsidy, and expansion of the Canadian Business Account.
You can read the entire Throne Speech, here.
Eagle-eyed agronomists and researchers in Ontario’s southern corn growing region have identified what they believe is tar spot, a disease that can reduce corn yields by 40 bushels an acre.…
Eagle-eyed agronomists and researchers in Ontario’s southern corn growing region have identified what they believe is tar spot, a disease that can reduce corn yields by 40 bushels an acre.
The fungal disease has been steadily moving north out of the U.S., and researchers here have been anticipating the find for some time. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs plant pathologist Albert Tenuta tweeted on September 22:
Gold stars to Jonathon Brinkman w/@cropdoc2 for finding these early yesterday @RidgetownCampus and @Kris_VanRaay @FeasbyRyan Haggerty Creek @SCSAgronomy for other. Leaf symptoms, fungal morphology indicate tar spot. Waiting on DNA confirmation. Good time to scout! #Ontag #Tarspot pic.twitter.com/LJccAhIo72
— Albert Tenuta (@AlbertTenuta) September 22, 2020
RealAgriculture’s Bern Tobin and Ontario research and extension staff have been covering the disease for some time. Learn more about identification, yield impact, management and more here:
International customers of Canadian malt have not been able to tour Western Canada this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, so the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) is aiming to…
International customers of Canadian malt have not been able to tour Western Canada this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, so the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) is aiming to give them an online crop tour experience.
As part of its role providing technical services and marketing support for the Canadian malting barley sector, the CMBTC launched a website this week to give buyers a sense of 2020 harvest progress, crop quality, and new variety information. The site features crop updates, as well as interactive maps, photos and video. (No word if they’ve figured out a way to offer virtual taste-testing).
“We had to get a little more creative this year with ways to engage and communicate with Canadian malting barley customers,” says managing director Peter Watts. “We will continue to update the website as we receive new material.”
Normally, some international customers visit the Prairies to see the crop firsthand.
“Buyers rely on this type of information in order to make their plans for the year, so in turn, this will benefit Canadian barley farmers as they make and finalize marketing plans,” notes Watts.
The CMBTC’s membership represents the full malting barley value chain, including grower organizations, malting companies, seed companies, and government.
You can check out the site at barleyharvest.ca.
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