CFA seeks continued ag support in next federal budget

Federation also presses for Buy Canadian campaign, processing support

Reading Time: 3 minutes Federal budget consultations are underway, with agricultural groups lobbying the government to support the industry further in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Jan. 25 launched pre-budget consultations and since then, her schedule has involved several meetings with stakeholders. “We want to hear ideas from Canadians, from all walks of […] Read more

More startling was the number of accounts with a balance of zero — 10,888 — and the number with less than $10,000 in them — 62,332.

Most AgriInvest accounts less than $10,000

Farm groups say the federal data discredits argument that aid must wait until producers use up program money

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Data sent to the House of Commons agriculture committee shows that most AgriInvest accounts hold less than $10,000 each. Only a small percentage of accounts contain $100,000 or more, according to a letter from Agriculture Canada to the committee. Why it matters: Farm groups have been making the case that emptying out […] Read more

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture hopes support comes in the form of financial backing.

CFA calls for emergency federal funding

The national organization warns of a “tipping point” for agriculture

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) wants the federal government to immediately prioritize food production by creating an emergency fund or financial backstop for farmers as part of its response to COVID-19. “We must ensure Canada’s domestic food supply is secure, not only for the duration of this battle, but long into […] Read more

Beef farmers have been hard hit by a reduction in processing capacity, especially the U.S. and Western Canada.

Farm groups look for funds to shore up COVID-19-created losses

Ontario and national groups are say the funds are needed to keep farms in business

Reading Time: 2 minutes The pressure is being ratcheted up on government by agriculture organizations for funds to make sure farm systems survive some of the shocks of COVID-19. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has asked for a $2.6 billion package in addition to any of the other farm safety nets already in existence. In Ontario more organizations […] Read more

CFA seeks $2.6 billion in support for producers

Federal officials sought specific numbers from ag industry

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ottawa — Canada’s agriculture industry is seeking an initial $2.6 billion in COVID-19-related emergency relief funding from the federal government. Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) officials put in the ask to the federal government on Thursday. According to second vice-president Chris van den Heuvel, federal officials asked the CFA “to go and put hard numbers […] Read more

Increased federal support for TFWs welcomed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ottawa — The Canadian Horticultural Council says Monday’s federal announcement offering $50 million to help cover the extra costs associated with importing foreign workers this year is welcomed support. “We are finding that there are a lot of increased costs this year with COVID-19 and bringing in the employees, so having the extra money will […] Read more

Poultry farmer groups have said they support the private member’s bill.

Industry supports bill to regulate barn invasions

The federal private members bill increases fines for trespass that threatens animals

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The growing issue of on farm protests threatening the health and safety of animals is the subject of a private member’s bill recently introduced to the House of Commons. Conservative Party of Canada agriculture critic John Barlow introduced the bill with the goal of punishing those responsible for on farm protests. Why […] Read more

Editorial: National voices in agriculture sectors should be a priority

Reading Time: 3 minutes A national voice for each of the major agriculture sectors is important, but increasingly splinters have appeared in many areas, including grains, dairy and sheep. This has happened before, and unfortunately it happens during challenging times in the sector, when a national voice is most needed. Financial, trade and policy challenges have appeared more in […] Read more

Grain groups give low marks to AgriStability tweaks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ottawa — A recent meeting of the country’s agriculture ministers failed in providing effective support for farmers facing challenges, Grain Growers of Canada chair Jeff Nielsen says. Only minor changes were made to AgriStability, the main priority item on the agenda for the Ottawa meeting held Tuesday. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her provincial […] Read more

Brigid Rivoire Award recognizes agricultural mental health advocates

Reading Time: < 1 minute Applications are now open for the second annual Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions of Agricultural Mental Health. The award is for individuals, organizations or groups that have made an outstanding contribution in raising awareness, addressing the stigma, and supporting agricultural mental health. “Mental health in agriculture has finally been receiving some much-warranted attention, but there’s […] Read more