AG Notes

Hunger program provides meals

More than 17 million meals for food banks and feeding programs across Canada were provided by Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger program.

It was another record-breaking year, despite disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Public demand continues to increase as food banks across the country experience major declines in volunteers and food donations due to the pandemic.

The program, now in its 17th year, helps to replenish the shelves at food banks and support school feeding programs across Canada.

Earlier this year, FCC provided $280,000 to national and provincial food bank associations to support communities struggling to keep up with demand.

Earlier this month, FCC also contributed $100,000 toward more than 100 school feeding programs.

Funding to improve farm resiliency

Ontario is investing $6.52 million in research at the University of Guelph to help control crop diseases and pests, improve soil health, water quality and quantity, as well as boost on-farm productivity and profitability.

Some of the funded research projects include:

  • Improving food rescue and recovery in the province’s industrial, commercial and institutional sectors with a new co-operative-based food waste collection system focused on recovering and reusing food.
  • Enhancing integrated pest management programs and options for leaf diseases in onions, such as Stemphylium leaf blight.
  • Improving outcomes for Ontario apple producers using precision crop load management strategies and mechanical pruning in apple orchards.

A complete list of research projects is at the Ontario government website.

SaskOrganic promotes gift packages

SaskOrganics is promoting a gift idea on its website.

The $75 Abundance Box (tax and shipping included) is filled with organic and local products from Saskatchewan-based companies.

Contents are a combination of consumer-packaged food and non-food items,

Every purchase of an Abundance Box will be supporting organic and local businesses and SaskOrganics.

Limited quantities are available and is shipped via Canada Post within Canada and the United States.

More information is at saskorganics.org/abundance-box/.

Governments fund carnivore program

The Carnivores and Communities Program in the Waterton Biosphere Reserve region is getting funding to reduce conflicts between people and large carnivores including grizzlies, black bears, cougars, and wolves.

Alberta Environment and Parks and Environment and Climate Change Canada are supporting the program for the next three years.

CACP efforts include a deadstock removal program, bear safety resources, and financial support for attractant management projects, such as grain bin upgrades and electric fences.

Crop yield tool introduced

A new web application aims to take the guesswork out of crop yields.

Recently launched by Agriculture Canada, it allows people to get accurate yield forecasts in one place for in-season crops based on the most recent statistics.

Reliably sourced information on weather, pests and risk conditions show how these conditions affect crop growth.

The application features crop yield estimates for barley, canola, corn, durum, flaxseed, lentils, oats, peas, soybeans, spring wheat and winter wheat.

You can find the application online here.

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