Fred Webber, president of the Dispute Resolution Corporation, counsels that trust was never more important than in these days of flux. The first-name relationships of the past will serve well moving into the future.
Maintaining agri-food export capacity is key to Canada’s international positioning say co-authors of a policy note from Agri-Food Economic Systems. It’s an important consideration for greenhouse vegetables and potatoes.
The extraordinary efforts of farm employers to isolate temporary workers for 14 days will be recognized financially by the federal government with lump sum payments of $1,500 per worker. The funds will be paid to employers for workers under the Quarantine Act in April, May and June.
New protocols will be in place for buyers as of April 14 to keep people safe during the COVID-19 virus crisis.
Canada’s largest privately-owned, fully-integrated apple company suffered a major fire at its Newcastle, Ontario facility on Sunday, April 12. Fortunately, there were no injuries.
The Ontario government has amended its emergency order to allow construction to continue if it’s for the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products.
The Ontario Pesticide Education Program cancelled all classroom safety courses due to COVID-19 concerns in mid-March. The Ontario environment ministry has extended the expiration date to end of the year for more than 1,400 Ontario growers and vendors.
As the trickle of seasonal labour becomes a stream, the focus will shift to hygiene measures in the food chain in the weeks ahead. The role of local public health units will also become magnified.
More than 200 seasonal agricultural workers are expected on a flight from Mexico City to Toronto on April 9. That paves the way for more flights expected after Easter weekend.
While “storm chips” are a hot commodity in these days of self-isolation, the market for French fries has tanked with the closure of so many restaurants and foodservice. That’s making contract negotiations particularly tough at a time when growers are ready to seed.