More COVID-19 support needed for farming and processing industries, says Canadian Federation of Agriculture

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By: Sam Juric The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is calling on the federal government to give more support to the industry during COVID-19. The federation’s president, Islander Mary Robinson who also runs a farm in Albany, P.E.I., says several commodities have been impacted by a drop in demand as a result of restaurants closing in response to the pandemic. Robinson said the federal … Read More

CFA requests emergency fund for farmers

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Safeguarding the food system needs to be the highest priority after health care, CFA president said By Jackie Clark Canadian farmers need financial support from the government to ensure the domestic food system remains fully functional, Mary Robinson, Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) president said yesterday at the CFA’s first online press conference. “As farmers, we have carefully considered this message … Read More

Tips for farmers hiring during COVID-19

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By Jackie Clark Travel restrictions introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic have delayed or prevented some temporary foreign workers who would typically provide essential seasonal labour on Ontario farms from being able to arrive in time for spring. Additionally, the closure of non-essential businesses and workplaces has left many Ontarians out of work. To help provide a potential solution for labour shortages … Read More

Who to allow on your farm right now

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By: Matt McIntosh During these days of social distancing and other pandemic-suppressing measures, farmers and agribusiness professionals are asking who should be granted access to the farm and facilities and looking at how to manage access. Understand how the virus spreads Ayoob Ghalami is a senior biosafety officer for the Research Oversight and Compliance Office at the University of Toronto, … Read More

OFA takes the pulse of Ontario ag as COVID-19 continues

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By Peggy Brekveld, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture We’re all living in a new reality as the changes and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to play out. Last week, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) checked in with our members to find out how they expect this pandemic will impact their farm businesses. Already, 74% of … Read More

Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19

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Canadian farmers and food businesses work hard so Canadians have quality food on their grocery store shelves and kitchen tables. In these times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make sure that they are supported so they can continue providing the good, healthy food that nourishes our families. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced important new … Read More

Farmers see both sides of rail blockade

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Some see themselves in land rights fight while others worry about rail shipments By: Hallie Cotnam  With no trains running on CN Rails in eastern Canada for a week, many farmers are becoming anxious about the potential impact on their livelihoods.  It’s been nearly two weeks since Tyendinaga Mohawk protesters set up camp along the tracks near Belleville, Ont., in … Read More

Agris votes patronage, interest of $1 million

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The Chatham-based Agris Co-operative will return patronage and interest of $1 million to its farmer-owners and investors. Agris reported 2019 sales of more than $220 million, with $2.44 million allocated to support its operations, according to a media release regarding the co-op’s annual meeting on Jan. 15. Patronage rebates will be issued as 40 per cent cash and 60 per … Read More

Nestlé, world’s biggest food company, taps Manitoba for plant proteins

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By: CBC NEWS New 94,000-square-foot production facility in Winnipeg set to open in fall Winnipeg is about to become home to a plant that will supply the world’s largest food company with plant-based protein. Nestlé is partnering with Merit Functional Foods and Burcon NutraScience to supply protein from peas and canola that will be used in food and beverages. The plant-based protein … Read More