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Foreign worker isolation support extended

Federal program extended alongside federal restrictions

The federal program helping employers of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) cover the costs of isolating new workers for two weeks on their arrival in Canada has been extended through November. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Monday that the Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program will now run to Nov. 30, as the government

Report links business management, mental health of farmers

Farm women, young farmers report higher levels of stress, difficulties coping

Ottawa — A new report from Farm Management Canada (FMC) calls for action after determining 75 per cent of Canadian farmers reported being moderately to highly stressed about unpredictable interference, workload pressure and financial pressures. But how a farmer plans his or her business — and associated risks — can help lower that statistic. The


Producers need to pay close attention to four essentials: understanding their situation, understanding their finances, knowing their cost of production and how their commodity is priced.

Risky business? For farmers it’s just another day at the office

Peril can come in all forms, from the predictable to ‘black swan’ events

Farmers, by the nature of their business, must embrace risk. But at the same time, they need to manage it. That was a central theme at the 2020 Keystone Agricultural Producers AGM during a recent Tuesday morning panel discussion on risk management, featuring two farm management experts. Eric Olson, a farm management consultant with MNP’s

Bibeau remains federal agriculture minister in shuffle

Updated, Nov. 21— Quebec MP Marie-Claude Bibeau retains her role as federal minister of agriculture and agri-food in Wednesday’s cabinet shake-up for the Liberals’ minority government. Bibeau will join her colleagues — including returning Transport Minister Marc Garneau and new Labour Minister Filomena Tassi, a Hamilton MP and former minister for seniors — in having

CFA seeks risk management reform, financial aid

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is calling for financial aid for the canola, pork and beef sectors on the heels of a federal announcement that dairy farmers would be compensated for lost market access. “We cannot miss an opportunity to hammer down the message that we have farmers who require support now or they face the very real threat of losing



Bunge moves from regional to global operating model

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. agricultural commodities trader Bunge on Wednesday overhauled its global operations and named a new chief financial officer in the latest shake-up for the 200-year-old company hard hit by a years-long grain market downturn. The moves come as Bunge reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit due to higher soy crush margins in



Report pegs U.S. dairy support levels

U.S. dairy farmers continue to benefit from broad agriculture supports, a study shows. Dairy Farmers of Canada has had Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates regularly study the effect of U.S. government policy on dairy farms in that country. The latest version of the project was released at the Dairy Farmers of Canada policy conference held

Outside panel named for farm risk management review

A panel of 11 “external” experts from across the country has been picked to offer guidance and feedback on a federal/provincial review of farm business risk management (BRM) programming. The panel’s appointment follows an agreement by federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers back in July to launch a review of BRM programs, assessing those programs’