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Feds Give Money to Retrofit Food Supply Chain Amid Pandemic

The federal government has launched a $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund to help the food supply industry adapt to pandemic changes, a news release from the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food, says on June 12. “This Emergency Processing Fund will help our processors to adapt their activities to ensure the safety of their workers, and to increase their capacity of production,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food, says in the release. The…

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Feds Give Funds for Youth Ag Jobs

The Canadian government is investing up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry, the government says in a news release on May 26. The funds are meant to help ensure the resilience of the food supply chain and to provide support to keep the agriculture sector strong. “During this unprecedented time, our food producers…

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Feds Widen Payroll Loan Requirements to Help Farmers

The following piece is from our sister publication, the Alberta Seed Guide. The Canadian government has expanded the eligibility for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, says in a news release on May 19. “Farmers can be assured that we have their back, and we are continuing to roll-out supports for our agriculture sector,” Bibeau says in the release. The eligibility now allows farmers…

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Feds Announce $50 Million Food Surplus Program

The Canadian federal government announced a more than $252 million support program for farmers including a $50 million food surplus food program to help as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected food supply chains, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in announcement from Ottawa, Ont. on May 5. “We don’t have the capacity right now to redistribute such large quantities of food and some producers have no choice but to throw out their product….

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USDA to Spend US$50 Million to Purchase Surplus Potatoes

The United States Department of Agriculture will spend US$50 million to purchase surplus potatoes caused by the pandemic, the National Potato Council (NPC) says in a release. “Given the size of the crisis involving potatoes, this purchase is a partial down payment on the industry’s overall relief needs and more will be needed. In the short term, the announcement is very positive,” Britt Raybould, NPC president, says in the release. The potato…


Feds Give $50 million for Temporary Foreign Worker Quarantine Help

The following piece is from our sister publication, Alberta Seed Guide. Farmers, fish harvesters, and all food production and processing employers will be eligible for $50 million in funding to help cover costs for the mandatory 14-day isolation period for temporary foreign workers, the Government of Canada announced April 13. In March, the government announced an exemption for temporary foreign workers from the pandemic travel restrictions to Canada, as long as they…

Eye On The Nation

Winter 2020 ALBERTA  Terence Hochstein, Executive Director, Potato Growers of Alberta  Only in Alberta can you go from -35 C on Friday to 2 C on Sunday morning. Such is the life in the Chinook belt of southern Alberta. The winter in Alberta has been a mixed bag to say the least. Three feet of snow at the end of September, then it’s gone for a while, then another couple of feet,…

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Market News Winter 2020

Total potato production in Canada in 2019 was 106.6 million hundredweight, a four per cent increase from 2018, according to Statistics Canada figures released Dec. 13. The 2019 figures also show an average potato yield in Canada of just over 312 hundredweight per acre, a seven per cent increase from the previous year. According to Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, the total production number could have…

Industry News Winter 2020

PEOPLE NEWS McCain Foods Announces 2018 Top Potato Growers at Manitoba Awards Banquet McCain Foods (Canada) announced A&M Farm Ventures Ltd. as the 2018 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for Manitoba at the annual McCain Manitoba Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held last December, an annual tradition made even more special during the 40th anniversary of the Portage la Prairie facility in 2019.  Approximately 150 guests, including executives from McCain Foods, gathered to celebrate…

WPC Announces Webinar with Hein Kruyt on Hybrid Breeding and Hybrid True Potato Seeds

The World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC) has announced its second webinar in its 2020 series featuring Hein Kruyt, Solynta’s CEO, on February 20, 2020. The webinar is titled, “What’s all this talk about hybrid breeding and hybrid true potato seeds (HTPS) revolutionizing the potato industry?” Hein Kruyt, CEO of Solynta and the frontrunner in Hybrid True Potato Seeds (HTPS), will give an introduction into HTPS  as well as the exciting opportunity to…

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