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Provinces have no clear plans for TFW vaccinations

Many are employed in higher-risk environments like meat plants and other processors

As Canadians brace for a COVID-19 vaccine shortage, it remains unclear when temporary foreign workers – thousands of whom are employed in meat-packing plants – will receive it. On Jan. 15, Canada’s minister responsible for vaccine procurement, Anita Anand, said the country’s supply of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was experiencing a temporary delay because the

Thai researcher wonders if chicken feathers on the menu might fly

Prototypes included ‘chicken nuggets’ and a steak substitute, which received positive reviews from some

Reuters – A Thai researcher keen to recycle waste has begun experiments with a new potential food source: chicken feathers. “Chicken feather contains protein and if we are able to serve this protein to others in the world, the demand from everyone… will help reduce waste,” researcher Sorawut Kittibanthorn told Reuters this December. Sorawut is


Dairy farmers must register to get further trade compensation payouts

Expect letters soon explaining process, AgMin says

Dairy farmers wanting to get in on a three-year, $1.405 billion federal compensation program for market share lost to free trade deals must register for the program by March 31 in each of those years. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Tuesday laid out further specifics for the Dairy Direct Payment Program, which is set to

A photo taken Dec. 4 illustrates drought-affected crops in the Argentine province of Corrientes. The region is in the grip of the most intense drought in nearly 20 years.

Dry weather hits Argentine crops, soy markets in rationing mode

Weather woes and accelerating purchases by big buyers like China are boosting the market

Grains powerhouse Argentina is suffering a rainfall deficit of 150 to 300 millimetres with forecasts promising less moisture than necessary to fully refresh parched soy and cornfields, weather experts said recently as worry persisted about yield losses. Months of hot, dry weather have put the country’s two main cash crops at risk. Argentina is the

USDA unveils more COVID-19 aid, mostly for livestock farmers

Funds earmarked for farmers under contract

Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday it will pay an additional US$2.3 billion in COVID-19 aid to farmers, directing more money to livestock producers suffering from disruptions in slaughtering and restaurant demand for meat. The aid, which comes from money allocated to USDA from previous pandemic stimulus legislation, follows


Trudeau names new transport, foreign affairs ministers

Garneau to handle foreign policy; Omar Alghabra takes transport

Ottawa | Reuters — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named new ministers for foreign affairs and transport on Tuesday ahead of an election that insiders in his Liberal Party say is likely this year. Trudeau’s hand was forced when Innovations Minister Navdeep Bains, 43, unexpectedly announced he was resigning from politics for family reasons. Bains, who

Argentina ‘evaluating’ corn export suspension

Move meant to boost domestic food supplies

Buenos Aires | Reuters — Argentina’s government said on Thursday it would review its decision to temporarily suspend corn exports after a meeting between the farming minister and the leaders of the country’s main agricultural associations. The agriculture ministry said in a statement that agreements had been struck to guarantee the domestic supply of corn

Cargill’s High River beef plant was one of many meat-processing facilities struck by COVID in 2020.

Processing clogs and market bogs

Processing issues, and the market fallout, will be among the livestock sector’s major memories of 2020

If pork and beef producers had one image to sum up 2020, it might be a wrench gumming up the gears. North America’s meat sector became a flashpoint as pandemic conditions put food supply chains to the test this spring. March and April saw a growing list of major meat plants, particularly in the beef