About 70 per cent of Canadian pork is exported, so a border closure due to African swine fever would be a crisis.

Hog producers look for swine fever investment

Arrival of African swine fever would be devastating to the Canadian sector

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever. In an open letter released Sept. 11, the chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The […] Read more

Organic growers get funds to identify supply chain barriers

Reading Time: < 1 minute The federal government recently invested more than $640,000 in the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) to help get more Canadian consumers buying Canadian-made organics produced locally by Canadian organic farmers. The announcement was made at Chelsea Market, during Canada’s National Organic Week, an annual event to showcase and celebrate organic food farming and products across the […] Read more

Provincial trespassing bills watched by federal minister

Farmers should not be threatened for feeding Canadians, says minister

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – At least four provinces have strengthened or are looking to strengthen their trespassing legislation, but the federal government said it will look to support producers in other ways. “It has to be done at the provincial level, but I’m following it closely because this is something that I care about,” said Minister […] Read more

CEBA program extended to Oct. 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Emergency Business Account program (CEBA), which was due to wind up Aug. 31 has been extended to Oct. 31. The program has been helpful to some farmers, but not to many others who have expressed frustration with the reasons for rejection by the government agencies administering the program. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister […] Read more

Producer groups say the billion-dollar figure amounts are misleading and that individual account amounts are insignificant.

Money in AgriInvest accounts ‘disappointing’: Bibeau

Minister continues to advocate that the ‘first line’ money needs to be spent

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau maintains farmers who need cash should first look to any available money sitting in AgriInvest accounts “The last numbers I’ve seen did not show that farmers had used their accounts very much. Some sectors a little bit more, but not in a significant way the last […] 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

Plant-protein processor’s new processing plant gets grant

Feds, province put up cash for new equipment

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal and Manitoba governments have added a seven-figure contribution to their support for a new facility to process plant proteins from canola and peas. Merit Functional Foods will put the additional money toward “new equipment purchases that will support the transformation of raw inputs into value-added goods.” The unspecified new technology is expected to […] Read more

CEBA provides up to $40,000 in interest-free loans and forgives $10,000 of that if the loan is paid off in 2022.

CEBA dollars prove difficult for farm access

Farms have trouble getting funding due to lack of business accounts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers continue to have issues applying for Canadian Emergency Business Account benefits after the federal government deemed them eligible weeks ago. The problem centres on the requirement to have a business account at financial institutions. When the program was announced small businesses had to have $50,000 in payroll to be eligible. They […] Read more

Canada's Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Opinion: Bibeau’s value largely rests on ability to reform BRMs

Reading Time: 2 minutes The long-term value current federal Minister of Agriculture Marie Claude Bibeau will provide to farmers hinges largely on her ability to reform business risk management programming. That is a difficult and expensive task. Recall the current plan to reform business risk management (BRM) programs was made way back in 2017, at the same time Ottawa […] Read more

The added plus of the federal government’s food surplus program is that it will support producers, particularly those with nowhere to send their perishable commodities.

Opinion: Food recovery program would have permanent value

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Now that we know more about how the Surplus Food Rescue program will work, there should be a recognition for its need beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was announced as part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and comes with $50 million in funding to help move extra […] Read more