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Funding available to help farmers cope with drought and wildfires

Aug 10 2021 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—The federal government is making $100 million available through the AgriRecovery program to assist farmers struggling with the costs of drought and wildfires, says Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. The funding will match all provincial AgriRecovery submissions on the 60-40 per cent cost-shared basis outlined under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, she said in a mid-September announcement. […]

Trade key to global food security, UN meeting told

Aug 3 2021 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—Eliminating restrictions to international trade in agriculture and food products is key to global food security and the economic and social development of rural communities, a U.N. conference in Rome has been told. The conference was in preparation for the Food Summit at the United Nations in New York next month. Manuel Otero, the Director […]

Killer pig disease reaches the Americas and Canada ups its guard

Aug 2 2021 — Alex Binkley — Pig producers and governments have beefed up their defenses against the disease. Ottawa—The discovery of pigs in the Dominican Republic infected with African swine fever (ASF) means the deadly disease has finally arrived in the Americas and Canada will step up its guard against it reaching here. Mary Jane Ireland, Canada’s Chief Veterinary Officer, said […]

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 […]