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Here’s today’s agriculture news.
Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has imposed rail transport restrictions for areas across the country where there is a high risk of wildfires. As CBC News reports, the order was issued on Sunday and requires both Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to take a number of precautions against wildfires, including reducing train speeds.
The new restrictions took effect Sunday morning and will be in place until Oct. 31. Transport Canada said the order “will put in place interim measures while the department works with railway companies to incorporate this fire risk reduction measures on a permanent basis.”
Meanwhile, in British Columbia, Canada’s two major railways said last week that wildfires burning across the the province have damaged rail lines in the interior of the province, causing trains to backup along both CN and CP’s networks. CBC News has that story, too.
Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced a $10 million top-up for the Local Food Infrastructure Fund on Friday. Applications reopen Monday. You can find more information here.
And, if you’re looking for something to do this summer, a farm near Napanee, Ontario is now offering “Alpaca Yoga.” Global News has more.
The Department of Finance says it is delaying the implementation of Bill C-208, which would change how a sale of a corporation between family members is handled. As Real Agriculture reports, the department says the bill, which received royal assent in June, will see its implementation delayed until January 1, 2022.
The Alberta government has created “Made in Alberta” food labels to help support local farmers and food producers. CTV news has more.
Saskatchewan Agriculture is warning that without significant rainfall, the province could see “irreparable crop damage” as top soil conditions continue to deteriorate across the province. Global News has more.
Meanwhile, dry weather conditions in Manitoba have meant the province’s berry farms are producing only a third of the sector’s typical production. Global News has that story, too.
Global hunger has risen sharply thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and increasing food prices, a new report from the United Nations has found. As the Guardian reports, the number of people who went hungry last year grew by some 161 million to 811 million in total. Meanwhile, the number of people without access to healthy diets jumped by 320 million last year to nearly 2.37 billion people.
Policy proposals ahead of the United Nations Food System Summit, planned for September, have been released by organizers. The Western Producer takes a closer look.
A self-proclaimed picky eater from New Brunswick is expanding his palette and testing out his taste buds at the age of 35. As CBC News reports, Andrew Leston lost a game of mini golf and was forced by his friends to eat an orange as a result. Turns out he likes oranges, cherries and cranberry sauce, too. Cherry tomatoes, however, are still a no-go.