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Here’s today’s agriculture news.
We start with an update from Thursday’s agriculture ministers’ meeting, where the federal government says it is prepared to assist with any requests for AgriRecovery help from provinces affected by the ongoing drought.
“My heart goes out to those farmers and ranchers feeling the impacts of the extreme heat wave and drought conditions,”Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in statement following the meeting. “Our Government is ready to assist and we will do what we can to make sure our programs are adequately responding to the crisis, including business risk management programs.”
Officials, she said, have been instructed to organize a meeting with drought-affected provinces to discuss AgriRecovery requests in more detail. Provinces have also been encouraged to invoke the late participation provision under AgriStability in order to allow more producers to access the program. You can find the full readout from Bibeau here.
The request for aid was put forward to Ottawa by Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Alberta Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen said the province understands the severity of the drought and is doing everything it can to support affected farmers. CTV News has more.
Meanwhile on Thursday, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association called for prompt relief measures, including allowing insured crops to be used as livestock feed as some ranchers grapple with dry conditions and wildfires. “Extreme temperatures and below average rainfall are already creating feed and water supply shortages and have some beef producers struggling to maintain their herd sizes,” the letter says.
It added: “Active wildfires in B.C. are also significantly impacting the land that cattle producers depend on for grazing and raising their herd.” You can find the release here.
In other drought-related headlines:
Statistics Canada has released the June 2021 data for potato production. Potato farmers planted 378,624 acres (153,224 hectares) of potatoes in 2021, up 5.3 per cent from 2020, according to StatCan. You can find the data here.
Ontario moves in to Step 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan today, which includes indoor dining at restaurants.
Canadian and American politicians and food producers are reviewing and proposing new labelling measures for meat produce while trying not to trigger an international trade review. iPolitics’ Janet Silver has more.
The House of Commons’ Finance committee is being recalled to address confusion over the Finance Department’s decision to delay the implementation of Bill C-208, which would provide small-business tax breaks. The Globe and Mail reports.
A familiar face is retuning to the Manitoba’s Agriculture Minister. As Real Agriculture reports, Ralph Eichler, who was the province’s Agriculture minister from 2016-2019 was sworn in again as Manitoba’s Agriculture minister as part of a small cabinet shuffle on Thursday.
Germany has reported its first cases of African swine fever in farm pigs. As Reuters reports, the agriculture ministry said on Friday the disease was confirmed in pigs on two farms in the eastern German state of Brandenburg.
In South Africa, armed police are protecting food deliveries as unrest continues following the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. BBC News has more.
A Cape Breton strawberry farm got a social media boost after it took to Facebook to say it was worried it was about to lose its crop and needed help picking strawberries. As CTV News reports, more than two dozen volunteers showed up the next day to help pick.
That’s it for us this week. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday.
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