Newfoundland farmers may shoot problem moose at night

Province to provide permits to qualified farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Moose causing crop damage on farms in Newfoundland and Labrador may now be shot by farmers at night under a new special permit system. Farmers dealing with “problem moose” can now apply for permits for night shooting, via provincial agriculture development officers in their areas, the provincial fisheries and land resources department said Thursday. The […] Read more

Federal surplus food program now taking applications

Qualified NGOs sought to move, distribute perishables to 'populations in need'

Reading Time: 3 minutes A federal program to get food to those who need it, using stockpiles of perishables created by the COVID-19-related shutdown of the dining sector, is now taking applications. The $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program — which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telegraphed in a funding announcement May 5 — will take applications from “organizations addressing […] Read more

Details on federal food surplus program expected in ‘days’

Ottawa already at work with businesses, minister says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa — Detailed plans of the federal government’s food buyback program are expected soon, according to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Ottawa tabbed $50 million of its COVID-19 response funds for agriculture to buy surplus food from farmers and redistribute it to communities in need. The challenge Bibeau and her federal colleagues are faced with is […] Read more

Dr. Brian Lynch, research scientist, robotics and automation, with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, demonstrated the Robotic High-Wire Cucumber Harvester prototype to MP Chris Bittle and Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

Investment to help develop horticulture automation

The hope is that the greenhouse-focused work will spread to other agriculture sectors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario horticultural sector representatives say a federal investment of $5 million into automation projects could help address labour issues. Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced the investment Nov. 26, as part of an overall $690 million commitment to technological innovation of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership — a five-year federal-provincial investment plan focused on growth in […] Read more

Horticultural industry trying to rally support for seasonal worker program

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario horticultural industry is trying to drum up support for a long-standing program that allows growers who face labour shortages to hire seasonal workers from Mexico and the Caribbean. The Fairness for Growers Campaign is designed to provide information about the benefits of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP). The website also provides a place where […] Read more

Arysta plans market expansion in Western Canada

Reading Time: 3 minutes CNS Canada — Arysta LifeScience, a crop chemical company known in Western Canada for its line of Everest products, now wants to become a household name for Prairie farmers. Platform Specialty Products, Arysta’s parent company, last Aug. 24 announced plans to separate its agricultural solutions and performance solutions segments. Platform Specialty chairman Martin Franklin said […] Read more

Australia dumps ‘backpacker tax’ over farm, export concerns

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sydney | Reuters — Australia on Wednesday walked back from a planned tax hike on foreign travellers who work in the country, following concerns from farmers that their supply of “backpacker labour” at harvest times may dry up and undermine Australia’s ambitions of being Asia’s delicatessen. Australian fruit exports are set to hit a record […] Read more