Elanco continues to restructure its business following its acquisition by Bayer Animal Health in 2019 for US$7.6 billion. The latest announcement details eliminating about 380 positions, including approximately 20 per cent of Elanco’s senior management. The company employs over 10,000 people world-wide. The company says it plans to realize “significant financial gains” through several major… Read More

Ontario’s Northern College will offer a two-year Agriculture Business program beginning in the fall of 2022, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Ottawa-based Algonquin College. The program was developed in 2018 and launched at Algonquin College’s Perth campus in 2019, to address the needs of a growing industry. The two-year Agricultural Business… 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

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) is announcing another partnership — this time, one that will develop plant-based food products and beverages. YoFiit, Avena Foods, and Roquette Canada have partnered to solve technical challenges in formulating plant-based beverages, probiotic rich yogurt, and other functional plant-based analogues. The partnership’s key focus will be on maintaining the nutritional equivalency… Read More

The Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is announcing the launch of a new partnership with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) to create an agriculture-focused business case competition for Canadian post-secondary students from any discipline. The goal of the partnership — made possible through the Government of Canada — is to increase the… Read More

As part of Ontario’s reopening plan, farms and agriculture businesses with one employee or more are required to have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Dean Anderson, strategic advisor, agricultural initiatives with Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), says that many farms, ag businesses, and processors are not aware of the change. But, all it… 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

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has expressed its shock over the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) decision to suspend all seed potato exports out of P.E.I., and all potato movement from P.E.I. to the U.S., following a ministerial order announced Monday, November 22. Potato wart is a soil-borne fungus that can lay dormant for decades…. Read More

The Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) has been around for 55 years. Plenty has changed in that time, and, as noted in a recent announcement video, CAMA wanted to reflect some of the changes in its name. Robert Mensies, CAMA national chair, says part of that change will include representing the entire food-value chain. “We need… Read More

The governments of Canada and Ontario are funding two new multi-year mental health initiatives, specialized to support the agriculture sector. More than $7 million dollars through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will go towards The Guardians Network, a new program modelled after the Farmer Wellness Program, pioneered by mental health specialist Deborah Vanberkel. The program will… Read More

Bayer has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new cloud-based set of digital tools and data science solutions. These new tools will be used in agriculture and adjacent industries, bringing new infrastructure and foundational capabilities to accelerate innovation, boost efficiency, and support sustainability across value chains, says Bayer. Under the agreement, Bayer… Read More