The money is designed to help ensure safety in work camps so workers can adhere to COVID-19 protocols. | Joe Fries photo

B.C. funds safe fruit harvest

The British Columbia government has allotted $625,000 for a safe fruit harvest this year. The money is designed to help ensure safety in work camps so workers can adhere to COVID-19 protocols. This funding expands on the money invested last year. Of that $625,000, $457,000 is being used to upgrade the work camp in Loose […] Read more

Former prime minister Stephen Harper says inflation won’t be easy to stop because it is generated by monetary expansion to accommodate extraordinary government borrowing and spending. | Reuters/Todd Korol photo

Harper rings the alarm bell

Former prime minister Stephen Harper says Canadian agriculture is well-positioned for the future, but farmers shouldn’t read too much into current high commodity prices. He said people have to understand that rising inflation is due to government monetary policy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and inflation is pushing up the price of everything. […] Read more

With just 71 percent of Sask. residents having a first dose and 50 percent having both, the premier said people should continue to be careful and respect the decisions of individual businesses and places that implement their own mask policies. | Screencap via Twitter/@PremierScottMoe

Vaccination still urged as Sask. prepares to open up

Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe continues to urge residents aged 12 and over to be vaccinated for COVID-19, even as the province prepares to remove all public health restrictions July 11. Masks will no longer be mandatory and the restrictions on how many people can attend events will be lifted. However, with just 71 percent having […] Read more

Canada’s beef cow herd was 3.5 million head as of Jan. 1, making it one of the smallest in more than 30 years and four percent smaller than 2019. | Robyn Wheat photo

Pandemic boosted beef consumption

Consumers were at home with more disposable income and willing to spend it on beef, even with the high retail prices

Beef consumption in Canada rose slightly last year and market analyst Anne Wasko says that’s encouraging as the industry works through strong supply. Canadians ate about 18 kilograms of beef per capita in 2020, an increase of .3 percent. Overall, beef demand was 5.5 percent higher than in 2019, she told the recent Saskatchewan Stock […] Read more

Saskatchewan agriculture minister David Marit talks about COVID-19 and agriculture June 16 with Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel at Canada’s Farm Show. | Canada's Farm Show photo

Ag minister says sector will lead economy out of decline

Saskatchewan was the country’s second largest agri-food exporter last year with $16.9 billion in sales around the world

Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit recently placed his hopes in the agricultural sector to lead the province out of the pandemic-induced economic decline. Marit, who spoke at Canada’s Farm Show on June 16, praised the agriculture sector’s COVID-19 response. He said 2020 was a record year for Saskatchewan, with $16.9 billion in agriculture exports, and […] Read more

Farmfair International is expected to be held Nov. 10-14 this year after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | File photo

Alberta farm show moves under new management

Farmfair International will now be run by the City of Edmonton’s tourism agency after the 142-year-old Northlands makes the decision to dissolve

An agricultural society that is older than Alberta will be shutting down following several years of financial challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Northlands has reached a tentative agreement with Explore Edmonton, which will take over the management of the K-Days exhibition and the Farmfair International livestock and agricultural show. A formal transition will take […] Read more

Delivery points now have drive-through service. | File photo

Some COVID-19 changes to grain sector likely permanent

Lots of things have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The shock has forced businesses everywhere, including the grain business, to rapidly adapt. Just think about how different it is to deliver grain today. In some ways it might be better, if you don’t like getting out of the truck. Many processes have been streamlined […] Read more

The shock of COVID-19 has combined with the world tightness in many crop stocks to scare users into taking their own stocks more seriously, now they’ve seen how low they can run when something unexpected happens. | File photo

Replacing just-in-time with just-in-case

Processors and others reliant on agricultural products are building shock absorbers into their systems, says a U.S. supply chain expert. “Firms are holding more inventory, so instead of holding one week’s worth of inventory, they might hold one month’s,” said Heidi Schweizer, an economist at North Carolina State University. “You might call it ‘just-in-case’ supply […] Read more

Starting last October, MPs from each of Canada's major political parties took part in meetings where witnesses spoke about trade and the pandemic. Government officials, trade associations, academics and others, like the Canola Council of Canada, were heard. | Screencap via

Report suggests better co-ordination of trade

Creating more export opportunities was also included in a new parliamentary report that studied post-pandemic trade potential

Better co-ordination across government agencies, the creation of more export opportunities for agri-tech and an increased focus on trade are recommendations found in a parliamentary report focused on international trade and COVID-19. The standing committee on international trade released its interim report in May, outlining four recommendations. Starting last October, MPs from each of Canada’s […] Read more