Category Archives: Agriculture

Crown drops charges against two Alberta farmers arrested in tractor checkstop

CALGARY — The Alberta Crown has withdrawn charges against two young farmers following a run-in with sheriffs at a checkstop where their tractor was towed away. Jeremia Leussink, 19, was taking the tractor from one field to another on July 31

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

VANCOUVER — Migrant workers and advocates called for a "just recovery" from the COVID-19 pandemic during a digital rally on Saturday. The pandemic has shown how heavily Canada relies on migrant and undocumented workers to perform essential jobs, s...

First wave of funding doled out to help food processors with COVID-19 upgrades

The federal government has started providing cash for food processors across the country to help them deal with COVID-19. A $77.5-million emergency fund was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in May to help food process...

Chicken, eggs both go first as feds roll out COVID-19 food surplus program

OTTAWA — More than 12 million eggs will be redistributed via an emergency federal program designed to help farmers faced with too much food and nowhere to sell it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Thursday...

Don’t get ‘casual’ about COVID, Ontario’s top doctor warns amid resort outbreak

TORONTO — A COVID-19 outbreak at an Ontario resort earlier this month was the result of people getting "casual" with public health guidelines, the province's top doctor said Thursday. Dr. David Williams said a group of out-of-town reside...

Quebec farms facing lost profits and rotting harvests due to migrant worker shortage

MONTREAL — Nineteen-year-old Florence Lachapelle was among hundreds of Quebecers who tried their hand at planting seeds and harvesting produce this summer, replacing migrant workers who were unable to leave their countries because of the COVID-19 pande...

Liberals announce $18 million in funding for small food producers

OTTAWA — The federal government is rolling out $18 million in support for projects they say will help strengthen Canada's food supply chain. The funds are going everywhere from an Alberta company focusing on plant-based proteins to distilleries in...

Leamington and Kingsville reopen today, join rest of Ontario in Stage 2

TORONTO — The towns of Kingsville and Leamington, Ont., are joining the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the government's reopening plan. Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that the communities, which were the final two towns in Stage 1 of

Ontario deploys emergency management team to address Essex farm outbreak

TORONTO — Ontario has deployed an emergency management team to Windsor-Essex to help deal with a large COVID-19 outbreak on a farm, Premier Doug Ford said Friday as he apologized for previously suggesting migrant workers w...

Alberta government to twin southern highway to spur economic recovery

TABER, Alta. — The Alberta government says it will twin a 46-kilometre stretch of highway in southern Alberta. Officials say the improvements to Highway 3 between Taber and Burdett will support 755 jobs and drive economic recovery and diversification i...