Feds put up $58.6 M for temporary foreign worker supports

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The federal government is announcing $58.6 million in new money to further support temporary foreign workers in Canada’s agricultural sector, it was announced July 31. Spending is expected to focus on health and safety of temporary foreign workers in Canada. Farmers will be eligible to access $35 million, administrated through Agriculture and […] Read more

Haley’s Elevator Inc. has changed protocols to increase the safety of their office staff.

Crop delivery protocols changing due to COVID-19

Elevator operators are creating new ways to increase safety during the pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Harvest season is in full swing with wheat coming off across the province. Elevator operators are implementing new protocols to ensure safety of drivers and office staff. Why it matters: COVID-19 is adding a lot of stress to numerous workplaces in trying to manage around the extra safety precautions and elevators are no different. Richard […] Read more

JBS invests $19-million in safety measures amid COVID-19 pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sao Paulo | Reuters –Brazilian food processor JBS SA has invested more than 100 million reais ($19.3 million) in health, safety and contingency measures at all its Brazilian production units, according to a Wednesday company statement that comes as the novel coronavirus continues to ravage local meat plants. The company said the funds were invested […] Read more

COVID-19 and the farm: Stories from the GFM network

Reading Time: 22 minutes COVID-19 has added an unprecedented level of uncertainty and disruption to the agricultural communities we serve. Throughout this crisis, Glacier FarmMedia is leveraging the strength of its farm news network to help you stay up to date on developments important to your family and farm. Look here for links to all the coverage provided by our […] Read more

Alberta loosens animal slaughter rules after pandemic hit packers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters – Canada’s main cattle-producing province, Alberta, said on Wednesday it would allow the slaughter of animals on farms for meat sales to consumers, loosening regulations after the coronavirus pandemic interrupted production at its biggest packing plants. Alberta previously restricted the consumption of meat from animals slaughtered outside of government-inspected plants to farmers and their […] Read more

Comment: Road map needed to guide agriculture industry post COVID-19

Global supply chains need reassurance that Canada is still a top supplier

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Grey-Bruce Farmers’ Week has speakers for many sectors of agriculture.

Grey-Bruce Farmers’ Week will be virtual for 2021

The large farmer education event will be available to more farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Grey-Bruce Farmers’ Week is joining the list of Ontario agriculture events moving to a virtual format in 2021. The week-long event features content for all kinds of farmers, featuring days focused on beef, crops, dairy, goat, sheep, horses and ecological farming. A seventh day with focus on the tradeshow around the event. The 2021 event […] Read more

National COYF cancelled for 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute The national Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer (COYF) event, previously scheduled to be held in Saskatoon in December this year, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. In a statement in the ‘Land Leader’, the official publication of the COYF program, Steve Cooper, the organization’s chair, said, “the Saskatchewan Hosting committee for the 2020 National Event advised […] Read more

BASF unveils InField Innovation Tours

Reading Time: < 1 minute BASF is making it easier, and during the pandemic, safer for farmers to get information about its products. On July 27 it launched a new website allowing farmers to visit the company’s research farms virtually. “InField Innovation Tours is a unique, virtual tour experience that enables anyone, from anywhere, to journey into our fields and […] Read more

Supporters tape photographs of migrant worker Rogelio Munoz Santos, who died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during a pro-immigration rally by migrants, refugees and undocumented workers outside the office of Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino in Toronto on July 4.

Foreign worker fallout

The large number of COVID-19 cases could drive changes into essential foreign worker programs

Reading Time: 5 minutes The spread of COVID-19 on farms with temporary foreign workers has put an uncomfortable spotlight on the agriculture sector. Vegetable farms, mostly greenhouses in the Windsor area, have experienced large outbreaks, with more than 1,100 temporary farm workers testing positive for the virus in the province. Farm-level infections kept the Windsor area and then the […] Read more