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The company is simply pocketing the lion’s share of the price increase as profit and blaming it on higher worker pay.

Comment: Worker wages are not the cause of higher food prices

Big companies complain about worker wages but the data doesn’t support them

After my first year at the Big U, I returned to the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth for a summer of work. The first task, however, was to ask my father to double my hourly pay from 50 cents an hour, the amount I’d been paid through high school, to $1 per hour

Sixty-four per cent of farmers said they were thinking about dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak at their farm.

Farmers concerned about transportation delays, input costs because of COVID-19

Preliminary CAHRC survey results show 26 per cent of farms saw workers take temporary leave for self-isolation, and 22 per cent take leave because of illness

Three-quarters of Manitoba farmers are concerned about transportation delays caused by the pandemic, according to preliminary survey results from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). Jennifer Wright, senior HR adviser with CAHRC, shared initial survey data at the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual general meeting on January 26. CAHRC spoke to 448 farm operators across


Comment: Time to improve conditions for foreign workers

Temporary foreign worker programming earneda hot seat this year due to workers falling ill with COVID-19

Now is the time for the Canadian government to overhaul the country’s foreign worker program. It is the right thing to do and will benefit Canadian agriculture. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many of the shortcomings of the current program, which sees thousands of people come to Canada each year to work on farms across

(Agr.gc.ca/eng/youth-in-agriculture)

Agricultural Youth Council members introduced

Jobs for next generation also come online

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has named the 25 young people chosen to sit on the inaugural Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Members of the council (see list below) are expected to offer suggestions on government priorities and identify problems and solutions for Bibeau. “That was quite a challenge actually, because we received over 800 candidates,” Bibeau

Broadening network can ease hiring process

KAP and CAHR seminar suggests several places for farmers to post jobs and seek employees

With farm labour an ongoing issue, producers might consider moving outside their comfort zones when posting jobs. “Resources such as Manitoba Employment Centres, Métis and Indigenous hiring organizations, Immigrant Service Centres have always been available to employers in Manitoba,” Stephanie Cruikshanks told the Co-operator. “However, agriculture has underutilized these resources as tools.” Cruikshanks, an industry


If expenses are adding up and you’re looking for financial support, one of these programs could help your situation.

Fifteen COVID-relief programs for farmers and their employees

A KAP seminar listed and explained the many programs designed to help farmers weather the effects of the pandemic

Many federal and provincial programs exist to help producers pay employee wages or recoup lost income because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the speed those have rolled out and evolved, farmers may not know which is best for them or how to apply. “It can be a little overwhelming to keep track of that

File photo of a quality control check on fresh peppers in a Canadian vegetable packing plant. (Jeffbergen/E+Getty Images)

Alberta, Ontario open online portals for domestic ag work

Canadian senators call for support for domestic ag workers

The Alberta and Ontario governments hope to set up “land armies” of available domestic workers to deploy on their provinces’ farms, in the event that seasonal and temporary foreign workers are unavailable. Both provinces this week announced they have set up online portals where residents can connect with farmers in need of workers. Such jobs

Comment: Growing agriculture’s next generation

Comment: Growing agriculture’s next generation

More needs to be done to demonstrate agriculture is a great career choice

The agriculture industry is a vital driver of the Canadian economy, contributing over $122 billion each year to the national GDP. With the world’s population expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, the industry has a significant opportunity to grow in economic importance as it expands to feed a growing global community. However, the agricultural


Sean Finn, CN Rail’s executive vice-president of corporate services and chief legal officer, says attracting and retaining train conductors is a challenge despite good wages and a pension.

Looking for a good paying job? Try CN Rail

It’s not 9 to 5 so attracting and keeping conductors is a challenge

CN Rail has hired 1,200 people to be train conductors and after spending about $85,000 training them, the company hopes most decide to stick with it. But it’s not easy attracting and keeping conductors, despite a starting wage of $85,000 a year and a defined benefit pension, says Sean Finn, CN Rail’s executive vice-president of

Farm safety consultant Morag Marjerison says owners of larger farms tend to know how safety and health legislation apply. She especially hopes owners of smaller operations will attend her sessions.

What to expect if the safety inspector visits your farm

The Manitoba Farm Safety Association is hosting no-cost sessions to help farmers understand Workplace Safety and Health legislation

What’s a sure sign you don’t know that Workplace Safety and Health legislation applies to your farm? Telling the safety officer who’s just arrived to conduct an inspection to leave — maybe with words your mother wouldn’t like. Workplace Safety and Health laws to ensure safe job sites have applied to all farms in Manitoba