On April 8, the leaders of two potato packaging and processing companies announced a merger in the region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. It’s an important announcement in a province that grows 45,000 acres of potatoes.
National food security is on the minds of 22 senators who are petitioning to incentivize Canadians to work in agriculture.
On April 6, the federal government updated guidelines for seasonal and temporary agricultural workers. As rules are clarified, Bill George, chair, Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, issued an update to all farm employers.
The average value of Canadian farmland increased by 5.2 per cent in 2019, the smallest increase over the last decade, according to the latest Farmland Values Report by Farm Credit Canada. The statistics do not reflect any impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anticipating a labour crunch, Ontario’s ag ministry has launched an online portal to attract workers to employers in the agri-food sector.
One of the critical assets in the food chain is the Ontario Food Terminal. Ken Knox, chair of the board, describes how the crisis team is responding. Look for details in a question-and-answer format with the editor of The Grower.
The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is very concerned about the current COVID-19 pandemic and is taking all steps to ensure local communities, workforce and farmers are protected.
The British Columbia government has purchased a bulk package of licenses for 70 farmers’ markets to sign up for online produce sales. Local Line, based in Kitchener, Ontario provides the service.
Food prices are expected to rise 4% in 2020, with vegetables and bakery leading the way. The update is courtesy of Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.