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Meatpacker Tyson Foods mandates Covid vaccines for workers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters – Tyson Foods Inc said on Tuesday it was mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for its entire workforce, joining a growing list of major U.S. companies as they face renewed pandemic restrictions due to the fast-spreading Delta variant. Surging COVID-19 cases and new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that requires […] Read more

Higher prices of basic foodstuffs such as corn, soy and meat are affecting food supplies for both animals and people as the U.S. economy picks up steam.  Photo: Thinkstock

Pet food shortages leave owners on the hunt for kibble

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chicago | Reuters – Black short-haired kitty Astra, one of millions of pets acquired during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, had to go without salmon-flavored Whiskas treats that were sold out at stores in New Orleans this month. Loki, an Alaskan malamute dog in Ontario, Canada, did not have his usual Royal Canin kibble in […] Read more

There will be continued interest in plant-based protein products post-pandemic, and there is plenty of room for wheat and other grains to be included.

Grain-based foods popular in post-pandemic world

Altered purchasing behaviours and personal preferences may bring opportunities

Reading Time: 3 minutes Homemade sourdough bread might not last into post-pandemic life, but that doesn’t mean the popularity of wheat and grains will diminish overall. Changing consumption behaviour offers many opportunities for the sector, according to Dana McCauley, veteran food system analyst and director of New Venture Creation in the University of Guelph Office of Research. Why it […] Read more

Pandemic cancels in-person Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show’s in-person trade show has been cancelled for 2021, although the company continues to roll out digital opportunities for farmers to get together and learn. The Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) team has met regularly with public health officials and the provincial government and it determined that the popular farm show could […] Read more

Could COVID vaccine development speed change the game for food?

Could COVID vaccine development speed change the game for food?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Could bio-innovation be the disruptive technology that addresses the challenges of feeding a growing population and reversing climate change? A McKinsey Global Institute report was released in May 2020 called The Bio Revolution: Innovations transforming economies, societies and our lives. It surveyed scientific advances and explored 400 use cases to create a roadmap of the […] Read more

A new study argues that a co-ordinated global reporting mechanism could minimize the risk of spread of plant diseases such as Ug99, a rust that has devastated cereal crops around the world.

Researchers warn about plant pandemics

New report calls for more pathogen surveillance and monitoring systems and better strategies to address plant diseases

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The world is preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, but plant pandemics are also a threat. Sixteen researchers published a paper in May urging action to prevent the spread of plant pathogens such as rust, which affects a variety of plants, and Panama disease in bananas. Why it matters: Establishing a global reporting […] Read more

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German hog market shrugs off swine fever discovery on farms

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hamburg | Reuters — German pig prices were unchanged this week despite the discovery of the disease African swine fever in farm animals, German animal farmers’ association VEZG said on Wednesday. German pig prices were the same as last week at 1.42 euros (C$2.10) per kilogram slaughter weight, the VEZG said. A third case of […] Read more

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U.S. extends travel curbs at land borders through Aug. 21

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — The U.S. government on Wednesday extended the closure of land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel such as tourism through Aug. 21 even as officials debate whether to require visitors to have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The latest 30-day extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) came after […] Read more

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Exemptions, extensions to be granted for rail crossing upgrades

New amendments would exclude low-risk field-to-field crossings

Reading Time: 3 minutes Some farmer-owned field-to-field grade crossings over Canadian rail lines are now expected to be exempted altogether from looming federal requirements for safety upgrades. Proposed amendments to the Grade Crossings Regulations, announced June 18 by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, this week cleared their 30-day public comment period. The amendments are expected to tweak rules which were […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Lentil prices seen as too high, sales stalling

'Destination markets are not in desperation mode'

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Prices for pulses, such as lentils for example, have been approaching the point where they are good for growers but getting too expensive for the destination markets, according to Marcos Mosnaim of Mercaris Commodities. “It’s a kind of an interesting scenario, where you see farmers not selling and prices to farmers keep going […] Read more