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Smaller packing operations struggle to compete in part because of the heavy regulatory burden, MPs heard recently.

CCA calls for optimizing meat-packing system

Processing study ending soon, producer group calls for comprehensive action

It’s time to create an environment to support an “optimal Canadian packing system,” the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has told MPs. The group was speaking to the federal committee on agriculture which will soon be wrapping up its study into Canada’s meat-processing capacity during a February 23 meeting. Beginning in Nov. 2020, MPs have heard from

Some U.S. meat packers announce vaccine plans

Some U.S. meat packers announce vaccine plans

Many workers are still waiting for their first jabs

COVID-19 vaccines are making their way into the arms of U.S. meat and agriculture workers, but companies and union officials say progress needs to be faster after coronavirus outbreaks idled slaughterhouses and sickened thousands of workers. Vaccinating food workers could help prevent further production disruptions that sent meat prices soaring in spring 2020 and forced retailers like Kroger


Roquette was forced to deal with a quickly evolving situation while also managing its construction process at Portage la Prairie.

Protein companies ponder COVID-19 echoes

How many of the COVID-19 adjustments are likely to stick as the ‘old normal’ slowly reasserts itself?

Flip the calendar back to this time last year. It’s the first months of 2020. COVID-19 is just starting to worm its way into the North American consciousness. Most of us have just heard the phrase “social distancing” for the first time. The first COVID-19-related public health orders are being released. Inside food-processing plants and

Worker wage protection key for buy-in

In 2007, food processors and associations gathered to discuss the threat of a flu pandemic and their readiness for it. Among challenges they listed were low-income workers who couldn’t afford to take preventive measures. “This will contribute to the spread of disease,” says the report from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. While low-wage, impoverished workers can’t

Across the country, companies are struggling to recruit people to work in food processing.

Comment: Agri-food sector still sees labour shortage

Canadians are getting back to work, but not in your sector

Job numbers are better. For the agri-food sector though, not so much. Statistics Canada’s recent September job market data is reassuring. Overall, employment in the country increased in September, creating 378,000 jobs, the majority of which were full-time jobs. This increase in September brought our total employment to 720,000, shy of the level we had


File photo of rye at a grain market in India. (Deepak Sethi/E+/Getty Images)

Indian cabinet minister quits over farm legislation

New Delhi | Reuters — India’s minister for food processing resigned on Thursday over her opposition to planned laws to allow farmers to sell produce directly to bulk buyers and make contract farming easier, saying the legislation will hurt millions of the country’s farmers. “Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter and sister,” Harsimrat

Waste on the farm is a recurring issue and not just this year. What is different this year is the unprecedented volume.

Opinion: Canada has the food industry it deserves

Don’t blame farmers for euthanizing animals and dumping milk

Millions of litres of milk are being thrown away, more than two million eggs are eliminated from the food chain, and pigs and chickens are being euthanized. There is horror in the countryside. Throwing away good food when more than four million Canadians have lost their jobs is morally reprehensible, and farmers would be the

Agriculture sector welcomes recent “essential” designation

COVID-19: Companies say the announcement gives them clarity in their operations

Obviously agriculture is essential, but the federal government “deemed” it so April 2 as the country battles to slow the spread of COVID-19. The move was welcomed by the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), which represents Canada’s biggest grain companies. “For our sector we feel there’s enough clarity that we are to keep operating as


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Ottawa expected to ‘officially’ declare ag an essential service

The Western Grain Elevator Association says that designation will clarify things and help to keep grain moving

Canada’s grain industry expects the federal government will soon officially declare agriculture an essential service. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), says that designation will have a practical application. “Hopefully it ends all confusion about grain workers at elevators, railway workers and anybody else required for moving grain, as to