In a joint news release, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called on countries to join forces against the deadly pig disease. | Screencap via Twitter/@OIEAnimalHealth

International African swine fever response demanded

Two international organizations are calling for global action to stop the spread of African swine fever. In a joint news release, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called on countries to join forces against the deadly pig disease. “Today, 51 countries are affected […] Read more

Members of the council are expected to offer suggestions on government priorities and identify problems and solutions for Bibeau. | Screencap via agr.gc.ca

Bibeau announces youth council

Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has named 25 young people to sit on her Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Members of the council are expected to offer suggestions on government priorities and identify problems and solutions for Bibeau. “That was quite a challenge actually, because we received over 800 candidates,” Bibeau said, adding they wanted to […] Read more

A joint report from the  OECD and the FAO of the United Nations concluded the pandemic has brought about

Covid-19 will impact global food systems for years to come: FAO, OECD

Two international organizations expect COVID-19 to depress agriculture demand for years and weaken food security around the world. A joint report from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) concluded the pandemic has brought about “unprecedented uncertainties in global food supply chains, with potential […] Read more


A new report from the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy argues replacing temporary foreign workers (TFW) who were unable or unwilling to come to Canada because of COVID-19 may not be practicable, with producers struggling to find enough willing Canadians to make up for the labour shortfall. | File photo

Report paints gloomy farm labour picture

Producers likely won’t be able to hire enough domestic labour to make up for the shortfall of temporary foreign workers arriving to work in Canada this year. A new report from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy argues replacing temporary foreign workers (TFW) who were unable or unwilling to come to Canada because […] Read more

Ottawa estimated changes made in May to expand the eligibility of the program would more than double the number of farms qualified to access the money, but two months later says it does not have statistics on agricultural producers who have successfully applied for the loans. | File photo

CEBA benefit for farmers remains unclear

The federal government has no clear numbers on how many farm operators have benefitted from the Canadian Emergency Business Account program, but continues to say 67,700 farms are eligible for it. Ottawa estimated changes made in May to expand the eligibility of the program would more than double the number of farms qualified to access […] Read more


Restaurants Canada reports four out of five restaurants had to lay off people at the pandemic's onset in March. | Twitter/@RestaurantsCA photo

Webinar examines culinary industry in the Age of COVID

A University of Guelph food industry analyst said one in 10 restaurants were forced to close because of the pandemic and will likely never reopen. Bruce McAdams, associate professor at the university’s School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management outlined the impact the pandemic has had on the industry during a recent webinar about food […] Read more

CCFI's 2019 research into gauging public attitudes about Canadian agriculture and food found Canadians are more concerned about the rising cost of food and keeping healthy food affordable than they are about health-care or energy cost increases. | Getty Images

Food affordability still top consumer concern: CCFI

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity held a webinar to look at how to better earn public trust in food and farming. Ashley Bruner, research co-ordinator for CCFI, said the COVID-19 pandemic has increased consumers’ desire to know where their food comes from. Globally, there has been a record rise in general trust, with Canada […] Read more

During a May 27 meeting, members of the Canadian Mushrooms Grower's Association raised

Ag committee hears mushroom farmers’ concerns

Members of Parliament sitting on the committee dealing with agricultural issues continue to hear concerns over the federal government’s response to COVID-19. During a May 27 meeting, members of the Canadian Mushrooms Grower’s Association raised “grave concerns” over the support they have received. Chief executive officer Ryan Koeslag said additional measures put in place by […] Read more


Without cannabis factored in, crop revenues across the country declined 1.1 percent. | Getty Images

Cannabis carries farm growth in average year

New data from Statistics Canada shows farm cash receipts continue to trend upward, increasing in 2019 by 5.7 percent or $66.1 billion to mark the ninth consecutive year of increase and the largest single uptick since 2012. But that number is less impressive when cannabis is removed from the equation because it represents 2.8 percent […] Read more

Two national campaigns launched for food supply chains

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is launching a new campaign to inform consumers on how the food system works. “It’s Good, Canada” will share personal stories of Canadians working across the food supply chain and provide information about farming, transportation, processing, retail and production on its website, www.itsgoodcanada.ca. “It’s natural for Canadians to have […] Read more