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Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said money from the $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program will start rolling out in early August. | file photo

Ag support to be spent soon: Bibeau

Money tabbed for the federal government’s surplus food buying program is expected to start rolling out in early August, according to the federal Agriculture Minister. “We’re almost ready, we’re looking at the final selection of the partners,” Marie-Claude Bibeau said during a July 24 interview. “We are really at the last stage. The organizations who […] Read more

Farmfair cancelled in Edmonton

Farmfair International has been cancelled this year. The organizers announced today that they would be cancelling the Nov. 11-15 farm show in Edmonton because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As one of the premier agricultural events in the country, the decision to cancel Farmfair is an incredibly unfortunate one,” said Northlands president and chief executive officer […] Read more

Ceres to buy Sask. elevator

A Minneapolis-based company that owns the Northgate Grain Terminal near Northgate, Sask., is expanding its footprint on the Canadian Prairies. Ceres Global Ag Corp., has announced that it has reached a deal to acquire another Saskatchewan grain elevator near Ridgedale, Sask., not far from Nipawin. The Ridgedale facility, known as Nicklen Siding, is currently owned […] Read more

CN will receive 1,500 new generation, high-capacity, grain hopper cars, beginning in January 2021. | file photo

CN increases grain car targets

Canada’s largest railway has expanded its grain-car spotting targets for the 2020-21 crop year, which begins Aug. 1. Canadian National Railway says it aims to spot 5,800 system hopper cars per week during non-winter shipping months of the 2020-21 crop year. That’s an increase of 150 cars per week compared to targets set by the […] Read more

The $58.6 million in new money from the federal government will be aimed at improving living quarters for temporary foreign workers. | file photo

Feds commit more money to foreign workers

The federal government is announcing $58.6 million in new money to support temporary foreign workers in Canada’s agricultural sector. Spending is expected to focus on the health and safety of temporary foreign workers in Canada. Farmers will be eligible to access $35 million being administrated through Agriculture Canada. Details of a new program are still […] Read more

Canadian officials are continuing to investigate the origins and contents of mysterious, unsolicited seed packages that have been showing up unexpectedly in mailboxes in Canada and the U.S..| Reuters photo

CFIA investigates mystery seeds

Agency says the seeds that have been arriving by mail should not be planted

Canadian officials are continuing to investigate the origins and contents of mysterious, unsolicited seed packages that have been showing up unexpectedly in mailboxes across the country. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency began receiving reports last month of small packages containing unidentified seeds. The unsolicited seed packages have been arriving in the mail and have been […] Read more

Symptoms of salmonella illness include fever, chills, diarrhea, cramps, headache, nausea and vomiting. | file photo

Imported onions from U.S. recalled

Red onions imported to Western Canada from the United States by the Sysco food company are subject to recall due to risk of salmonella contamination. As of July 30, 114 people have confirmed cases of salmonella and the Public Health Agency of Canada said the imported onions are the likely source of the problem. Of […] Read more

The familiar sights of the Ag in Motion farm show had to be abandoned this year because of COVID-19. Instead, they were replaced by online presentations and product demonstrations.  |  Robin Booker photo

Farm show makes online move work

Teamwork played a key role in creating this year’s Ag In Motion Discovery Plus show, said event organizers. Delivering a virtual agriculture event during a pandemic took a cross-country effort, said Rob O’Connor, director of the Ag in Motion (AIM) outdoor farm show, which is part of Glacier FarmMedia, the company that also owns The […] Read more

A good swimming hole would attract children from across the community.  |  Alma Barkman photo

Swimming hole brought hours of enjoyment

It didn’t matter that the water was often cold, muddy and teeming with leeches — these river spots were the place to be

Behind our farmhouse during spring runoff, angry churning water boiled through the little riverbed in a vicious hurry downstream, taking with it everything that dared stand in its way. When the water receded, my older brother scouted along the edge for a deep pool carved out of the riverbank. He usually found one. We caught […] Read more

A report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization found that the global food system will need to adapt to evolving diets and consumer advantages.  |  Reuters/Temilade Adelaja photo

COVID to have long-term effect on food system

A drop in disposable income in poorer countries and households is expected to lower demand over the next few years

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