Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where it’s National Almond Buttercrunch Day. It’s also International Mud Day, World Camera Day, and International Day of the Tropics, which seems fitting, given the high heat affecting large swaths of the country.
A programming note: There will be no Sprout on July 1, the Canada Day holiday. We’ll return with all your agriculture news on July 2.
Now, here’s today’s agriculture news.
The federal government says it won’t contribute to Ontario’s planned enhancement of the controversial AgriStability program unless a consensus is reached among the provinces to increase the compensation rate nationally, according to a report by Real Agriculture.
“By now, it should be well understood that in order to change AgriStability at the national level, we need a strong majority of provinces to agree,” Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told Real Agriculture in a statement on Monday. “This is how our cost-shared, five-year, federal-provincial agreements work. The Prairie provinces need to step up to make this happen.”
Bibeau made the remarks after Ontario Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson said Friday that the Doug Ford government would increase Ontario’s contribution to AgriStability, because the province’s farmers can’t wait any longer for improvements to the program.
According to data released by this Statistics Canada this morning on the main field crops in June, Canadian farmers planted more canola, barley, soybeans, and lentils, but fewer acres of wheat, dry peas, corn for grain, and oats. The full release is here.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reminding Canadians how they can protect plant health this summer, including by preventing invasive pests. The full release is here.
Farmers in Manitoba are hoping rain will rescue their crops. The Western Producer has more.
ICYMI, CBC News took a look over the weekend at why Newfoundland must get serious about its agricultural future as farms disappear and the workforce ages.
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has received hundreds of comments about Canadian National Railway’s proposed merger with American railway Kansas City Southern. As the Canadian Press reports, the deadline for comments was Monday. The merger, which has Canada’s two largest railways at loggerheads, is the first major U.S. railway acquisition in over 20 years.
Officials in southern Italy have banned outdoor farm work during the hottest hours of the day after a Malian farm worker died after picking tomatoes under the scorching sun last week. As the Guardian reports, workers aren’t allowed to do farm work between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., when temperatures have been topping 40 C. The rules are in effect until Aug. 31.
China’s state planner said Monday that local and central governments will start tapping into state pork reserves in order to support prices, even though the latter have rebounded from a two-year low last week. Reuters has the latest.
ABC News speaks with two lesbian dairy farmers in New South Wales, Australia, who are breaking down barriers, along with stereotypes.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post has the story of a Black family farm in New York that’s fighting racism and climate change, one regenerative-farming class at a time.
And the Guardian reports on English farmers swapping crops for solar panels.
Looking for a cool way to beat the heat? Gerrard St. Bakery in Toronto has put a Canadian twist on the traditional ice-cream sandwich: a scoop of butter-tart gelato between flakey, homemade butter tarts. We’re drooling just thinking about it.
This post was copy-edited after publication.