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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


In Saskatchewan, the province's Water Security Agency (WSA) is advising the public of rapidly increasing water flows in the South Saskatchewan and North Saskatchewan rivers systems beginning this weekend. | File photo

Prairie river levels rise due to heavy rain

Heavy rains across much of Western Canada during the past week have resulted in high runoff and rising water levels in streams and river systems across the prairie provinces. In Saskatchewan, the province’s Water Security Agency (WSA) is advising the public of rapidly increasing water flows in the South Saskatchewan and North Saskatchewan rivers systems […] Read more

Both premier Scott Moe and NDP opposition leader Ryan Meili offered tributes to the retiring members, who have all served at least two terms. | Screencap via Wascana.ca

Eleven Sask. MLAs not seeking re-election

The spring session of the Saskatchewan legislature wrapped up today and will have a new look after the election scheduled for Oct. 26. Eleven MLAs are not seeking re-election. They include government member and former speaker Dan D’Autremont, who has represented Cannington since 1991 and is the longest serving MLA. Other retiring government members are […] Read more


The company will spend approximately $445 million in British Columbia and another $305 million in Alberta on rail upgrades, maintenance and expansion projects. | File photo

CN unveils big spending plans

Canadian National Railway will spend about $750 million this year to upgrade its western Canadian rail network. The company will spend approximately $445 million in British Columbia and another $305 million in Alberta on rail upgrades, maintenance and expansion projects. In B.C., planned upgrades include the construction of about 5.6 kilometres of double track near […] Read more

Funding will come from the Rural Integrated Roads for Growth program, which replaced the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program. | Screencap via Saskatchewan.ca

Sask. program to replace bridges

About 100 rural bridges will be replaced in Saskatchewan municipalities over the next four years. Funding will come from the Rural Integrated Roads for Growth program, which replaced the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program. Projects are eligible for a maximum of $500,000 each. The federal government will contribute 17 percent and the province will […] Read more

In the current environment, agriculture is the gold standard of the economy due to panic buying and stockpiling of food products around the world.
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Agriculture bright spot in Canadian economy

Canada’s agriculture exports will be down in 2020 but nowhere near as bad as other sectors of the economy, says Export Development Canada. Overall exports are forecast to fall 20 percent year-on-year as COVID-19 continues to decimate outbound shipments for every major sector of the economy. During the trough of the crisis, sales were down […] Read more


The study compares the two styles of farming, with organic using more manure, labour and machinery, and conventional using more fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides. 
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Profit study on organics yields data

If organic farmers get 100 percent premiums and keep their yield drag to one-third of conventional, they tend to be more profitable than conventional growers. That’s the conclusion of a Purdue University study analyzing the profitability of typical rotations in the United States Midwest over a 10-year period. “The net return to land for the […] Read more

Lush fields greet a woman and her son as they walk up a hill on the Brant Hutterite Colony near Brandt, Alta. Some parts of Alberta have been too wet with nearly 200,000 acres going unseeded, while others have recorded ideal moiture this year.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Northern Alberta farmers struggle with wet conditions

Persistent wetness in parts of northern Alberta has forced grain growers to leave hundreds of thousands of acres unseeded this spring, according to the provincial crop insurance program. Preliminary estimates suggest that more than 200,000 acres of insured cropland in the areas northeast and northwest of Edmonton and north of Highway 16 between Edmonton and […] Read more