Dairy farmers can check the mailbox soon for directions on how to access the next payment under the Dairy Direct Payment Program. The federal government announced last week that dairy farmers will receive cash payments on the basis of milk quota. The total payouts will equal $468 million in 2020-21, $469 million in 2021-22, and $468 million in 2022-23. In order… Read More

The federal government has announced $162.6 million in additional funding for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) over the next five years, and $40 million per year in added funding for the agency on an ongoing basis after that. The funding boost, announced by Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Health Minister Patty Hajdu on Friday, follows… Read More

Enterra Feed Corporation, a company that produces insect-based feed ingredients, has received $6 million through the federal AgriInnovate Program to help increase the production of animal feed while helping to keep food waste out of landfills. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the funding during a virtual visit at Enterra’s new facility, an… Read More

Provincial agriculture ministers have been given a deadline of the end of January to indicate whether they want to pursue the federal government’s proposal to enhance the AgriStability business risk management program, according to high-level sources familiar with the file. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau offered to drop the reference margin limit and increase the compensation… Read More

The federal government is launching consultations on the long-awaited review of the Canada Grain Act. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement as part of her speech kicking off the virtual CropSphere conference hosted by Saskatchewan crop commissions on Tuesday (January 12). “The Canada Grain Act has not had major updates… Read More

As we drift into a new year, an opportunity presents itself to refocus and take a fresh look at the issues at hand. Some people make New Year’s resolutions, some think about changes, and others take advantage of the fresh calendar to implement real change to benefit stakeholders and their own position. This restart with… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced appointments for the top two spots at the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). Selkirk, Man.-area farmer Doug Chorney has been promoted to chief commissioner, effectively immediately and for a three-year term. Chorney, who was appointed assistant chief commissioner in 2017, has been serving as acting chief commissioner since June… Read More

Updated story: Details of the program are now listed on Agricorp’s website The governments of Canada and Ontario have committed $5 million in immediate, emergency assistance for the province’s beef farmers through funding for feeding costs associated with market-ready cattle that must be set-aside due to COVID-19-related processing disruptions. Last Thursday, Cargill’s Better Beef plant… Read More

The federal government is making good on its Throne Speech commitment to establishing the Canada Water Agency, and wants Canadians’ input in the process. The Ministers of  Environment and Climate Change and Agriculture and Agri-Food have jointly released a statement officially launching the public consultation period for the Agency. “Canadians know the importance of protecting our… Read More