Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where it’s National Coffee Milkshake Day and National Bagelfest Day. We’re pretty sure that combo has all the ingredients to be considered a healthy breakfast — at least that’s what we’re sticking with.
A programming note: there will be no Sprout next Monday because of the Civic Holiday. We’ll be back the next day, Aug. 3.
Now, here’s today’s agriculture news.
We start with a drought update. A farming couple from Manitoba says the drought assistance announced by the federal government last week will not be enough to save farms in the province that are struggling with overly dry conditions. CBC News has more.
Meanwhile, a coalition of Manitoba farm groups are urging crop producers to find alternative uses for their yields, because of the weather conditions. Global News has that story.
And, ICYMI: if you’re someone who is planning to buy out grain contracts, Real Agriculture has a few things you should keep in mind.
No events to report today.
The Toronto Star shares the story of Emma’s Acres, a prison-to-table farm business that is hoping to buy some land near Victoria, B.C. for a new arm of the social enterprise. As the Star explains, under the business’s proposal, prisoners grow produce for victims of violent crime, who in turn benefit from the fruits of their labour — either by getting produce for free or by gaining access to counselling services paid for by the sale of the veggies.
In Alberta, a new program is hoping to prevent garden food waste by donating garden-grown produce to service agencies that help feed the hungry. Global News has more.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday he expects the jump in U.S. food prices in June will quickly moderate despite ongoing concerns about inflation, and the risk it could pose to the economy. Bloomberg has more.
Bloomberg also reported on how the world’s food supplies are being slammed by drought, flood and frost.
Meanwhile, a new study has found that the combined effects of climate change and overfishing are posing an increased threat to the food security of poor nations that rely on fish to feed their populations. “The issues of overfishing and the issue of climate change are not isolated,” study co-author William Cheung told CTV National News. “They are interconnected now, interconnected in many different ways.”
Food supply firms in the United Kingdom say the sight of bare shelves in supermarkets is unavoidable after workers were forced to self-isolate after they were pinged by the National Health Service’s Test and Trace app. As the BBC reports, supply firms say government efforts to deal with the so-called “pingdemic” are “chaotic” and come “too late.”
Two cousins have been driving a horse-drawn wagon with a distinctive “Geezers on Board” sign through Saskatchewan to commemorate the 630-kilometre trip their grandfather took about a century ago, after drought hit his homestead near Frontier, Sask. As Derwin Clarke and Joe Alexander tell CBC News, the trip has renewed their faith in people and it’s been the journey of a lifetime.