Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country's fruit and vegetable output this year, and travel problems related to the pandemic could also leave U.S. farmers with fewer workers than usual. Foreign labor is critical to farm production in both countries, where domestic workers shun hard physical labor and low pay.
The Alberta government has fished $153 million out of its emergency and disaster fund to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and help hard-hit farmers. Finance Minister Travis Toews has plucked $33 million from the $680-million fund to prepare for increased acute care expenses, doctor compensation and other pandemic costs in health, said the minister's press secretary, Jerrica Goodwin.
The Saskatchewan budget scheduled for March 18 turned out to be a non-event as the Legislature shut down amid COVID-19 concerns. Earlier that day the government announced a spending plan of $14.15 billion, but couldn’t say how much the virus will cost the health system or how much revenue the province could expect to take in.
You’ve probably heard of it, and you might even be practicing it. If so, you might want to advertise it to customers and the general public. If you’re not practicing it, you may be missing an opportunity to save some money and gain some yield. “It” is Fertilizer Canada’s (FC) ‘4R’ Nutrient Stewardship.
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, spoke to growers from across the country at the Canadian Horticultural Council AGM in Ottawa and announced a federal investment of over $2.3 million to support the Canadian Horticultural Council's research into managing the Potato Early Dying (PED) disease.
Coming off a 2019 growing season that was fraught with poor weather conditions during planting and harvesting, the region’s sugar beet growers are hoping 2020 brings them a season of healthy yields and returns. Growers from Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton, along with researchers and industry representatives, met March 11 in Wallaceburg for the annual meeting of the Ontario Sugarbeet Growers Association.
Cabinet has passed an order-in-council authorizing an additional $8.2 million in spending for the government’s share of Saskatchewan crop insurance premiums. The money is part of a larger special warrant for additional spending to March 31, 2020. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. chief executive officer Shawn Jaques said the extra money is required to cover higher program use and wildlife damage claims.
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is holding consultations as it reviews a policy regarding night-time crop damage from hungry moose. The Fisheries and Land Resources Department is looking for feedback about whether farmers should be permitted to shoot moose on their properties at night, and if so, how to do so safely.
Several southern Alberta irrigation districts put restrictions on water use last spring when dry conditions raised the spectre of insufficient supply to meet crop needs. Those restrictions were lifted when precipitation improved but they highlighted the wisdom of planning for similar limits should they occur in the future.
A team of researchers at the University of Toronto has successfully tested a new strategy for identifying genetic resources critical for the ongoing battle against plant pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that infect and destroy food crops worldwide. "As much as 40 percent of global crop yield annually is lost to pests and pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and other disease-causing microorganisms."
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