Agriculture minister on TFWs in the food service industry and matching Albertans with jobs

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen says the province is working on a job matching program to match unemployed Albertans with opportunities in the food supply chain, but said temporary foreign workers will also still be allowed in Canada…

What happens in Canada if the American food supply chain breaks down?

March 26 2020 1:56pm Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen hypothesizes on what would happen if Alberta could no longer import food from the United States due to a break down in the supply chain there. ‘ }); }…

Minister on Alberta agriculture industry being exempt in the event of non-essential business closures

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen explains how declaring agriculture an essential service will exempt the food supply chain from being forced to close if the province chooses to tighten restrictions and force non-essential businesses to close.

Trudeau increases Farm Credit Canada’s lending capacity by $5B amid COVID-19 crisis

In response to challenges farmers are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $5-billion increase in lending capacity for farmers and food producers in Ottawa on Monday morning. “Starting today, farmers and producers can apply through…

Albertans fear budget 2020 means hundreds of layoffs in agriculture and research

Thursday’s provincial budget includes big changes for the agriculture industry, which has some Albertans concerned about how cuts will be made and whether current research will be impacted. The budget indicates that 277 people in permanent positions with Alberta Agriculture…

90% of crops across Alberta harvested in ‘complicated’ and ‘halted’ season

As of Dec. 3, 2019, 89.7 per cent of all crops had been harvested across the province, which is down from both 2018 and 2017. The final report of the 2018 season (published Oct. 31, 2018) found nearly 95 per cent of…

Alberta community declares agricultural disaster amid unsuccessful harvest

Troubles with harvesting crops have plagued farmers across the Prairies this year and now, one Alberta community is escalating the issue to an emergency. The County of St. Paul has declared a state of agricultural disaster, saying that as of…

Kenney government overhauls workplace rules for Alberta farms, small operations to be exempt

The majority of Alberta farm operations would no longer have to follow employment standards rules or have workplace insurance under a bill introduced in the legislature. The bill also states that farm workers would no longer have the right to…

Farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan struggling to harvest snow-covered crops, while Manitoba saw ‘miracle’ snow melt

Winter’s icy fingers have touched most of the Prairies since late September, causing havoc and frustration for many farmers trying to get crops off their fields. Dave Reid, who farms near Cremona, northwest of Calgary, estimates 20 to 25 per…

Southern Alberta sugar beet farmers unable to harvest nearly half of 2019 crop

Canadian sugar company Rogers has announced that it has been forced to terminate the 2019 sugar beet harvest in southern Alberta due to the impact of severe fall weather in the area. In a statement Thursday, Rogers said: “This decision…