The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is calling on the federal government to keep its promise on compensation for dairy farmers, stemming from international trade deals that allowed for dairy product access into Canada’s supply managed value chain. “When a dairy farmer makes a commitment, his or her word is gold. We hold our government… Read More

Exceldor says it’s dealing with 27 positive cases of COVID-19 among employees at the farmer-owned co-op’s poultry processing plant at Blumenort, Manitoba, as of Wednesday afternoon. The facility, which was owned by Granny’s Poultry before Granny’s merged with Exceldor last year, employs around 650 people. “We are dealing with cases of community transmission beyond our… Read More

The Manitoba and federal governments have hammered out the details of the province’s cattle set-aside program funding delivered through AgriRecovery. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic economic shutdown and temporary processing plant closures, the federal government announced in early May that it would providing up to $50 million for livestock set-aside programs. Normally, a… Read More

The federal government has stepped in to top up provincial funding for workplace health and safety measures on-farm in Ontario. Agriculture and Agri-Food minister Marie-Claude Bibeau previously announced $35 million for a federally-administered program, and this week, announced $11.6 million for the Ontario version — the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP). Originally announced in… Read More

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) has made the decision to cancel its 50th anniversary convention. The convention was scheduled for November 24 and 25, 2020, in Regina, Sask. President Gunter Jochum says going forward with the convention wouldn’t be following health and safety regulations that are in place across the provinces. “We determined… Read More

Canada’s largest agricultural co-op is receiving a $150 million injection of capital from Rabobank and three Quebec-based investment funds — an investment it says will help mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Rabobank Capital, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Fondaction are investing $150 million in Sollio Cooperative Group… Read More

The federal government has opened applications for the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund, a $35 million fund to cover the added cost of personal protective equipment, updates to worker housing, and sanitization stations, as examples. The fund was originally announced in late July as part of a $58.6 million commitment by the government. Money can be… Read More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government’s $10 billion plan to create jobs and spur economic growth. Through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, the government plan includes five major infrastructure initiatives expected to create approximately 60,000 jobs across the country. As part of the Government of Canada’s plan to “build back better,” the three-year plan… Read More

Agriculture leads the economy in Saskatchewan, and with the next provincial election slated for October 26, farmers are keen to know each party’s agricultural platform. Todd Lewis, president of Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) and farmer south of Regina, joined Shaun Haney recently to talk about the organization’s concerns for provincial policies and how… Read More

One of the few agriculture tradeshows still on the calendar for an in-person event has now officially been cancelled. Agri-Trade Equipment Expo was to be held November 11 – 13 at Westerner Park, at Red Deer, Alta. Initially, organizers had committed to hold the event despite COVID-19, but in line with provincial health and safety… Read More

 

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