2021 has been a tough weather year. From prolonged drought and excessive heat, to the flooding witnessed in recent weeks in British Columbia — weather disasters have had a tremendous impact on Canadian farms and agriculture businesses. Erik Davies, from Barefoot Consulting, has spent his career working on disaster recovery and risk management issues. Last month… Read More

A month into the job as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Economic Development, Nate Horner says he’s catching up with producer groups in the province and working to get up to speed on the priorities for Alberta agriculture. Up first on the docket following his appointment was the Federal-Provincial-Territorial ministers meeting last month, where Horner… Read More

Canadian trucking industry groups are warning the Canadian government that supply chain challenges will get worse unless there are changes to upcoming COVID-19 vaccination mandates. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says it estimates that up to 22 thousand Canadian drivers will decide to leave the Canada-U.S. market when the Canadian government’s planned cross-border vaccination mandate… Read More

In November, John Barlow, MP for Foothills, was re-named to the position as the Conservatives’ shadow minister for agriculture. Among Barlow’s current priorities is the attention — or lack thereof — that country-of-origin labelling (COOL) is currently getting in Ottawa. As the conversations grow in strength with a bipartisan bill in the U.S. senate surrounding… Read More

The lists of which MPs will sit on the House of Commons’ committees for the session of Parliament that started last month were finally unveiled on Thursday. The 12-member Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food includes some returnees, as well as several new faces (denoted with *): Francis Drouin (Liberal, newly-appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture… Read More

Not-for-profit associations will have the opportunity to access a piece of $8 million in federal funding over the next three years for communications initiatives. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the AgriCommunication Initiative via webcast December 9, 2021. The initiative will support progress towards achieving Canadian’s access to safe, nutritious, and culturally diverse… Read More

The political jurisdiction of federal and provincial governments has perhaps never been made more clear than during the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw provinces taking the lead on regulations, recommendations, and requirements. Along the same vein, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says that federal policy should take a regional approach to delivery. For example, Saskatchewan doesn’t need… Read More

The premier of Saskatchewan says the dust-up between his government and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan can be attributed to the way the province has kept its books since 2014. APAS, led by vice-president Ian Boxall, has raised concerns about the provincial government blaming its record-high projected deficit of $2.7 billion on increased crop… Read More

Editor’s note: This story and headline were updated after the provincial government published its letter responding to APAS. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) and the provincial government are disagreeing publicly over the province linking drought-induced crop insurance payments with its deficit for 2021. The Saskatchewan government reported a projected record $2.7 billion deficit in… Read More

The federal and provincial governments have launched an AgriRecovery herd rebuilding program for Manitoba livestock producers who were forced to sell breeding stock due to the feed shortage caused by this year’s drought. The breeding herd buy-back program was promised back in August when the federal and Manitoba governments rolled out AgriRecovery disaster relief funding… Read More

As demographics and societal priorities change, the big question of “how to most effectively lobby government?” has an ever-evolving answer. The answer to that question is especially relevant in farm and food policy, as decision-makers in government that have a strong understanding of agriculture and how the food system works are increasingly difficult to find…. Read More

The Canadian government has not yet decided how it will respond to an invitation to join a U.S.-led coalition of countries promoting “sustainable productivity growth” in agriculture. The productivity-focused coalition championed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the UN Food System Summit in September is seen as countering the European Union’s Farm to Fork… Read More