Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where it’s the first day of June! (Your host can’t quite believe it).
The arrival of June means it’s National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, National Iced Tea Month, National Mango Month, National Papaya Month, National Seafood Month, National Steakhouse Month, and National Turkey Lover’s Month.
Looking for some baking inspiration? Today is National Hazelnut Cake Day. Now, here’s today’s agriculture news.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday he will not rush to reopen the border with the United States as COVID-19 cases in Canada continue to fall. The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. The White House has also not said when it plans to reopen the border with Canada.
“We’re on the right path, but we’ll make our decisions based on the interests of Canadians and not based on what other countries want,” Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa. The Canadian Press reports.
Businesses under organic production or in transition to organic production are now eligible for the increase in maximum assistance granted under the Canada-Quebec Advisory Services Program. You can find Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s press release on the matter here.
Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced on Monday egg and poultry producers can now apply for compensation funds to boost their competitiveness. You can find more details here.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has awarded an $150,000 grant to help Second Harvest install a 9,000 square-foot freezer-cooler. You can find the full release here.
The Edmonton region is in the process of finalizing a once-in-a-generation plan for the agriculture industry. As CBC News reports, the new master policy plan hopes to preserve some of Alberta’s highest quality farmlands
Temporary foreign workers arriving at Montreal’s Trudeau airport can now get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Montreal Gazette has more.
Canadian farmers have broken an agriculture plastic recycling record. Real Agriculture has that story.
And Farmtario looks at how local agriculture education programs have gone virtual during the pandemic in order to reach classrooms across Ontario.
The Globe and Mail looks at how Canadian companies are dealing with supply chain bottlenecks as the country’s economy begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Organization for Economic Co-operation (OECD) boosted its economic growth outlook for Canada on Monday, saying it now expects the Canadian economy to grow by 6.1 per cent in 2021, up from an initial prediction of 4.7 per cent made in March. The Canadian Press reports.
Argentina has suspended 12 beef export operations and seized more than 220 tonnes of meat as tensions over the government’s decision to ban meat exports in a bid to bolster domestic supply deepen. Reuters has more.
A conservation group in California is planting more than 30,000 milkweed plants to try and help the western monarch butterfly population. The Associated Press reports.
A group of residents on a small Ottawa street have taken on a boulder-sized task to protect a very, very, big rock recently unearthed during road construction. CBC News reports.