Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that we forgot that yesterday was National Hot Dog Day. Our apologies. To make up for it, we’re thrilled to say that today is National BLT Day (one of the best sandwiches there is) as well as National Penuche Fudge Day.
Here’s today’s agriculture news.
Ontario has announced it will be seeking AgriRecovery assistance from the federal government because of extreme dry conditions in the northwestern region of the province.
In a tweet, newly appointed Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson said she had spoken with officials from Beef Farmers of Ontario, Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture about the drought, which she said is severely impacting farmers.
“Our government is committed to supporting area farmers (and) I have submitted an urgent request to the federal government for AgriRecovery related to the drought,” Thompson tweeted. “This is a top priority for me (and) we will keep working to help farmers deal with this drought.”
Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is set to hold a press conference on Facebook at 4:30 p.m., eastern time. The minister is currently in Manitoba’s Interlake region to see the drought impact first-hand.
“Extreme weather is causing extreme stress for many farm families,” Bibeau said in a tweet on Wednesday. “I will be on the ground speaking with farmers in one of the hardest hit area of the Prairies. Our Government is here to help and are working with provinces to respond as fast as we can.” You can find the minister’s full tour itinerary, as well as press conference details, here.
Meanwhile, Farm Credit Canada, the country’s leading agricultural lender, said on Wednesday it was offering a customer support program to farmers and ranchers across western Canada who are facing production challenges due to adverse growing conditions. You can find more details about the support program here.
In other drought-related headlines:
Farm Management Canada has announced new directors to its board of directors. You can find the full list here.
A hailstorm near Winchester, Ont. on Tuesday caused havoc and damaged some 400 hectares of crops. CTV News has more.
Meanwhile, farmers in Ontario’s Waterloo region are dealing with soggy conditions they say could impact crop quality. CBC News has that story.
Supply chains in the United Kingdom say they have been severely disrupted as hundreds of thousands of workers have been required to self-isolate because of concerns about possible exposures to the coronavirus. As Al Jazeera reports, the workers were told to isolate by the National Health Service’s official health app as cases rises across the United Kingdom.
Indian farmers protesting against new agricultural laws started a sit-in on Thursday as protesters renewed their efforts to have the laws repealed. Reuters has the latest.
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