There are 42 new cases as of July 16, for a total of 923. | Screencap via Twitter/@SKGov

COVID-19 continues to spread in Sask.

Saskatchewan health officials are warning of higher risk of COVID-19 transmission after posting the largest one-day increase in cases since the pandemic began. There are 42 new cases as of July 16, for a total of 923. Thirty-one of those are in the South region, six are in Central, four are in the Saskatoon region […] 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 concern

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

Four out of five restaurants laid off workers when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March.  |  Getty Images

Restaurants enter a new era

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


Who’s going to pay the piper after COVID-19 spending?

Former governor of the Bank of Canada David Dodge, writing on behalf of the C.D. Howe Institute while referring to the government’s financial response to COVID-19, said the right decisions were probably made at the time. However, the report also stated that the government must implement a plan to “restore fiscal maneuvering room” as soon […] Read more

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