February 23 marks the fifth annual Canada’s Agriculture Day and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, will join the industry under the theme “Forks Up for Canadian Agriculture.”
In the lead-up to the event, Minister Bibeau joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a virtual farm tour with Kelly Smith-Fraser, owner of Nuhaven Cattle Company near Pine Lake, Alberta and Sylvain Terrault, president and general manager of Hydroserre Mirabel, a greenhouse complex that produces cucumbers and peppers in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Châteauguay, Quebec.
Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers such as Smith-Fraser and Terrault are working hard to ensure Canadians continue to have access to high-quality products on grocery store shelves and kitchen tables.
Canada’s farmers and food processorshave also been instrumental in supporting their communities and helping those in need by donating huge quantities of locally produced meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables to food banks and food rescue organizations across the country. The government’s pandemic response measures have included the Canada Emergency Business Account and more than $200 million for emergency safety programs that are helping farmers and food processors keep their businesses running and their workers safe.
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Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada February 22, 2021 news release