National Newswatch

Up to $2 million available for Northwestern Ontario farmers

Jul 29 2021 — Alex Binkley — Details to come out soon.   Ottawa—The Ontario government will make up to $2 million in financial aid available for farmers in Northwestern Ontario struggling with a prolonged drought that has gripped the area. Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson and Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford, the MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, said July 27 the goal of […]

Farm Credit Canada says 2020-21 was a good year for the agrifood sector even with all the uncertainty

Jul 28 2021 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—After a strong performance in its 2020-2021 fiscal year, Farm Credit Canada stands ready to help producers struggling with this year’s vexing weather conditions, says Michael Hoffort, President and CEO. In the fiscal year that began March 1, 2020, FCC grew its portfolio by 7.6 per cent to $41.5 billion even though it adjusted payments […]

Farm groups pushing Environment Canada on fertilizer issues

Jul 27 2021 — Alex Binkley — Proposed 30 per cent cut in nitrogen fertilizer uses would harm producers.   Ottawa—A Fertilizer Canada (FC) attempt to bring science into the debate over farm use of fertilizers has garnered support from agriculture groups. And it has encouraged the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) to launch a public awareness campaign about the Environment […]

Drought relief measures are good first steps, farm groups say

Jul 26 2021 — Alex Binkley — A comprehensive AgriRecovery response is also needed.   Ottawa–The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) are encouraged by measures the federal and provincial governments are taking to support farmers through the extreme weather of this summer. The ministers have announced livestock tax deferral for prescribed drought areas, bilateral adjustments to […]

Railway safety consultation launched by Transport Canada

Jul 24 2021 — Alex Binkley — Auditor General has criticized the department’s record on rail safety Ottawa—Transport Canada has launched a public consultation on ways to improve the safety culture of the country’s railways, says Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. The consultations will focus on strengthening safety management systems and looking to better measure the effectiveness of its oversight program to identify […]

Food industry alliance reaching out to the sector to participate in creating grocery store code of conduct

Jul 22 2021 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—A food industry alliance is reaching out to the rest of the sector to participate in developing a Grocer Code of Conduct on how the large grocery store chains treat their suppliers, says Kathleen Sullivan, CEO of Food and Beverage Canada (FBC). The country’s agriculture ministers agreed at a mid-July meeting to request the food […]

Freeland walks back Finance Department threat to delay intergenerational business transfer bill

Jul 21 2021 — Alex Binkley — Finance promises consultations on Income Tax amendments.   Ottawa-Legislation easing transfers of farms and small businesses to family members is the law of the land and the Finance Department will conduct consultations on related amendments to the Income Tax Act in the coming months. The Commons finance committee spent four hours July 20 questioning Parliamentary […]

Industry proposes Code of Practice to deal with grocery chain fees

Jul 20 2021 — Alex Binkley — Final format of the Code not likely until late 2022.   Ottawa—The federal and provincial agriculture ministers have handed resolution of the dispute involving product fees charged by the largest grocery store chains to a special committee established by the food sector. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says during a virtual ministers meeting in mid-June it […]

Farm groups bemoan Finance Department stalling on intergenerational transfers

Jul 14 2021 — Alex Binkley — The delay will add to the stress facing many older farmers.   Ottawa—Farm groups are voicing their displeasure with the Finance Department’s decision to delay and change Conservative MP Larry Maguire’s bill on intergenerational business transfers that has been approved by Parliament and received Royal Assent. Mary Robinson, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture […]

Canada is in step with an international beef sustainability initiative

Jul 13 2021 — Alex Binkley — The beef sector sets an ambitious agenda.   Ottawa—Canadian beef producers are in step with an international beef sustainability campaign that aims to reduce carbon emissions, improve land use and protect animal health and well-being, says Fawn Jackson, Director of Policy and International Affairs with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Jackson, who was the founding Executive […]

AIC hopes its fall conference will be a live event

Jul 12 2021 — Alex Binkley — The event will look at how agriculture can help achieve a net zero carbon economy.   Ottawa – While it’s just over three months away, the Agri-Food Innovation Council (AIC) thinks the battle against Covid-19 is going well enough that it can hold an open policy conference in Toronto. Serge Buy, AIC’s CEO, admits opening […]