By 2019, the number of foreign workers on Canadian farms had reached nearly 60,000, based on data from the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. | File photo

Report shines light on foreign worker role

In 2015, about 40,000 temporary foreign workers were employed on Canadian farms. Most of those jobs were at vegetable farms, orchards and greenhouses, but many workers were employed at grain farms, cattle ranches and poultry operations. By 2019, the number of foreign workers on Canadian farms had reached nearly 60,000, based on data from the […] Read more

COVID-19 cases jump in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has reported an increase of 56 cases of COVID-19 over the last three days, most of them in Hutterite colonies. Two cases were reported July 11, another 23 on July 12 and 31 on July 13. Health officials said July 13 that most of the cases are concentrated in the southwestern and west-central parts […] Read more

Canadian ag exports benefit from COVID disruptions

May was an excellent month for Canadian agricultural exports. COVID-19 hammered the economy in Canada and around the world, upending many supply chains and hurting much but also creating opportunities. For example, Canadian exports of pork, beef and poultry reached a little more than $800 million, marking a one month record that was almost 19 […] Read more

Shipping containers were in short supply earlier this year after the COVID-19 pandemic slashed North American demand for consumer products from China.  |  File photo

End of container shortage relieves exporters

Thirty percent of Canada’s pulses ship by container, and one-third of that business was lost for a couple of months 

Containerized shipments of pulses and other agricultural products are back on track after a temporary derailment this spring. “From a port perspective, the container availability has improved dramatically,” said Stephen Paul, vice-president of supply chain logistics with Ray-Mont Logistics. Companies that were “scrounging” for the metal boxes in March and April now have an ample […] 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

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

Mustard sales remain hot despite lack of stadium hotdogs

Mustard movement has been good despite a global pandemic, says an industry official. “COVID hasn’t really effected anything other than allowing some farmers to move their product a little bit quicker,” said Scott Cunningham, manager of Canadian operations for Schluter & Maack. Orders increased sharply during the first five to six weeks of the pandemic. […] Read more

Canada must keep its supply chains open and running hard in a post-pandemic world.  |  File photo

Road map needed to guide ag industry post COVID-19

Agriculture is a major economic driver in Canada. In these troubling times, there is an opportunity to reassess what we can do to strengthen this sector. While our Canadian economy is reeling from blow after blow, agriculture can play a major role in its rebuilding. Any chain is only as strong as its weakest link. […] Read more

Esther and Theo Slingerland demonstrate the proper way to hold goats for maximum relaxation on their farm near Lethbridge. Four groups of visitors at a time, in four separate pens, will be able to snuggle goats for one hour per session on a few days each week throughout July.  |  Barb Glen photo

Goat snuggling offers respite

If the restrictions and pressures of COVID-19 have finally gotten your goat, a Lethbridge-area farm has the solution: goat snuggles. Theo and Esther Slingerland, operators of the Lethbridge Cornmaze and Petting Zoo, have 49 baby goats that will be available for several days each week in July for visits, petting and snuggles. “Once you get […] Read more