Good morning and welcome to the Sprout, where it’s National Pecan Pie Day. It’s also Eat Your Jello Day. Take your pick!
Here’s today’s agriculture news.
Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has imposed restrictions on rail transport in areas of the country where the risk of wildfires is high. As CBC News reports, the order was issued on Sunday and requires both Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) railways to take a number of precautions against wildfires, including reducing train speeds.
The new restrictions are in effect until Oct. 31. Transport Canada said the order “will put in place interim measures while the department works with railway companies to incorporate these fire-risk-reduction measures on a permanent basis.”
Meanwhile, Canada’s two main railways said last week that wildfires burning across B.C. have damaged rail lines in the interior of the province, causing trains to back up along both CN’s and CP’s networks. CBC News has that story, too.
Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced a $10-million top-up of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund on Friday. Applications reopen Monday. More information is here.
And if you’re looking for something to do this summer, a farm near Napanee, Ont., is now offering “alpaca yoga.” Global News has more.
The Department of Finance says it’s delaying the implementation of Bill C-208, which would change how the sale of a corporation between family members is handled. As Real Agriculture reports, the bill, which received royal assent in June, won’t be implemented until Jan. 1, 2022.
The Alberta government has created “Made in Alberta” food labels to support local farmers and food producers. CTV News has more.
Saskatchewan Agriculture is warning that without significant rainfall, the province could suffer “irreparable crop damage” as topsoil conditions continue worsening across the province. Global News has more.
Meanwhile, dry weather in Manitoba has shrunk berry production by two-thirds. Global News has that story, too.
Global hunger has risen sharply because of the pandemic and increasing food prices, according to a United Nations report. As the Guardian reports, the number of people who went hungry last year grew by about 161 million, to 811 million in total. Meanwhile, the number of people without access to healthy food jumped by 320 million last year, to nearly 2.37 billion.
Policy proposals for the UN food-system summit in September have been released by organizers. The Western Producer takes a closer look.
A self-proclaimed picky eater from New Brunswick is expanding his palate 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.
This post was copy-edited after publication.