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Government, academia and farmers join forces to improve food safety

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:31

On November 19, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the launch of a longitudinal study in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), University of California Davis, Western Center for Food Safety (WCFS) and agricultural stakeholders in the Central Coast of…

CanExport program will help small agri-food businesses

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-11 Wed 08:46

“In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, this week the Government of Canada announced the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service’s CanExport SMEs program is pivoting to better support small- and medium-sized businesses by covering some of the costs associated with developing and expanding their…

📅 Federal government seeks input on TFW program’s ag stream requirements

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 15:11

To aid in establishing minimum requirements for employer-provided accommodations for the TFW Program across Canada, the federal government is inviting input from employers, workers, worker support groups, and other interested parties.

As a first step, the Government of Canada is seeking input until December 22, 2020 on proposed accommodation requirements in the TFW Program’s primary agriculture stream.

 

US (MN): Container farm leaves city inspectors confused

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-09 Mon 13:28

As an astronomer and physicist, John Cannon's work is literally out of this world. His expertise as the department chair at Macalester College in St. Paul is studying nearby low-mass galaxies. Cannon's latest adventure off St. Paul's Snelling Avenue is, quite literally, more down to earth: backyard…

Government of Canada joins Food Banks Canada in improving food security for rural and northern communities

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-06 Fri 16:44

Today the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced that Food Banks Canada has launched the $2.3 million Rural and Northern Capacity Fund. Minister Bibeau made the announcement alongside Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, and Kirsten Beardsley of Food Banks Canada. This initiative is being funded under the first round of the $200 million Emergency Food Security Fund, and will help address food insecurity in communities or regions that are currently underserved.

More flexibility added to CEBA eligibility for farmers

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-28 Wed 07:59

Businesses that have been operating out of a non-business banking account can now access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) by opening a business account.

According the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), this has been an important ask from farmers and will help ensure the financial strength of the thousands of small agricultural businesses across the country.

This follows the October 9 announcement of an intent to introduce major expansions to CEBA to increase the limit to $60,000, from $40,000, and double the non-repayable forgivable portion to $20,000, from $10,000. Those expanded amounts will be available soon.

Not counting the number of farmers who are now eligible because of the change announced today, AAFC estimates more than 85,000 farm businesses will have access to the interest-free loans of CEBA, which equates to up to $5.1 billion – one-third of which is forgivable.

“We strongly encourage farmers and food businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of the generous terms offered by the CEBA loans,” a statement from AAFC read.

Helping agri-food businesses with Canada Brand digital marketing during COVID-19

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-02 Fri 11:31

Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that the Government will refresh the Canada Brand platform to ensure industry and partners have access to new graphics and tools optimized for today’s digital platforms. The refresh will also enable them to reach more consumers and enhance virtual connections with international buyers, and will include a modernized look, signature, messaging, and suite of digital-first marketing products for the Canada Brand.

Governments of Canada and Manitoba support new approach to agricultural programming in schools

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-25 Fri 09:57

The governments of Canada and Manitoba will be providing support to Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba (AITC-M) to adjust their educational and outreach resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

CAN (ON): Governments investing over $7.9 mln to help farmers bring safe food to market

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-11 Fri 09:48

500Foods shared this story from HD.com. The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $7.9 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help farmers improve their business operations and bring more safe, high-quality foods to markets. This funding will support more than 670 projects across Ontario for eligible…

Helping organic growers meet demand for Canadian-made organics

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-10 Thu 14:26

Today, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, William Amos, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of over $640,000 to the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) to help get more Canadian consumers buying Canadian-made organics produced locally by Canadian organic farmers.

Inaugural meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council – helping shape the future of agriculture and food

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-03 Thu 13:31

Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, participated in the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council, where she invited the 25 members who were selected from over 800 applicants from across the country to share their perspectives on the future of the sector.

Governments Help Ontario Food Processors become more Innovative and Competitive: Funding will improve food safety and productivity

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-27 Thu 09:35

The Governments of Canada and Ontario are providing more than $5.4 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help food processing businesses improve food safety, increase labour productivity and enable better access markets. These strategic investments will support more than 75 projects across Ontario and strengthen the province’s crucial agri-food supply chain.

CAN: Government investment brings nutritious food to vulnerable people

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-17 Mon 07:53

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, was at Nutri Group head office, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, to announce details of the first-ever federal government program that will provide millions of pounds of quality, nutritious, surplus food to Canada's most vulnerable…

Government of Canada investment brings nutritious surplus food to vulnerable Canadians

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:14

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, was at Nutri Group Head office, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, today to announce details of the first-ever federal government program that will provide millions of pounds of quality, nutritious, surplus food to Canada’s most vulnerable populations.

Western Growers AgTech, Canadian center form partnership

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-31 Fri 16:17

The Government of Canada is the first international partner of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology.

The tech center, Salinas, Calif., is an incubator for ag-tech companies, designed to bring start-up entrepreneurs and growers together.

Through a partnership with the Western Growers center and the Consulate General of Canada, the Canadian Technology Accelerator now has access to the center’s programs in Salinas, according to a news release.

“As our technology center continues to advance solutions for farmers across the nation, we are elated to expand our global reach through this collaboration with Canada,” Dennis Donohue, director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, said in the release. “We strive to move the needle on the development of ag-tech worldwide and look forward to serving as a destination for innovation on a global level.” 

The Western Growers center will now provide Canadian start-ups access to work stations, office space and programming that includes classes, workshops and networking events. The programming is designed to provide business knowledge to bring their technologies to market, according to the release.

Government of Canada invests in measures to boost protections for Temporary Foreign Workers and Address COVID-19 Outbreaks on Farms

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-31 Fri 11:41

Since the very beginning of this pandemic, the Government of Canada has taken a number of important steps to ensure the safe arrival of farm workers, who play a vital role in preserving Canada’s food security. To protect the health and safety of Canadian and migrant farm workers, the Government has been working with municipal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as farmers, workers and other employers who participate in the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. Despite these efforts, there have been COVID-19 outbreaks on a number of Canadian farms that have significantly impacted the health and safety of workers.

FDA releases blueprint and pilot study for announced Smarter Food Safety Initiative

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-14 Tue 10:17

"It is my great privilege to announce FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. We were originally going to make this announcement in March, but as you all are well aware, we were forced to turn our attention to addressing the public health emergency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic." "In the months…

Governments announce support for Northern Manitoba food security

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-13 Mon 16:36

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing up to $240,000 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and $370,000 in provincial funding through Manitoba’s Northern Healthy Food Initiative to support northern food security projects, Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

Minister Bibeau highlights federal investments in food security and celebrates milestone with La Tablée des Chefs

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-10 Fri 11:16

Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, visited with La Tablée des Chefs where she highlighted a contribution of $800,000 the Government of Canada has made to the organization through the Local Food Infrastructure Fund emergency funding.