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Apr 10

Wheat holding strong as most agricultural commodities start to falter, while malt barley decreases

Posted on Apr 10 By: Victoria Decker

  The continued voluntary quarantines and social distancing measures are taking their toll on  agricultural commodities, but is not treating all commodities equally. A recent report from the American Farm Bureau discusses the direct link between a drop in demand for livestock and milk products with the closures of restaurants, schools, and universities. The report

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Apr 10

Planning for Recovery

Posted on Apr 10 By: Victoria Decker

The Premier’s Economic Recovery Council, with members including Jack Mintz of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper and Clive Beddoe, Past CEO of Westjet asked the Business Council of Alberta (BCA) to organize and implement a number of sector tables to provide input to their discussions

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Apr 10

Economic and Health Modelling: COVID-19

Posted on Apr 10 By: Victoria Decker

Federal Modelling seems to predict a later ‘relaunch’ of the economy – nationally. They have suggested that physical distancing and quarantine measures may have to prevail until a vaccine is developed, which could take more than a year still. They predict this first wave to last until the summer, with other outbreaks erupting.  Jason Kenney

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Apr 10

COVID-19: Latest Developments | April 13

Posted on Apr 10 By: Victoria Decker

AFSC releases important information regarding unharvested acres and processes to ensure the expedition of unharvested claims in order to meet the narrowing window for seeding the 2020 crop, despite increased health and safety standards. Premier Jason Kenney releases modelling for Alberta which of the ‘most-probable’ scenarios indicates a relaxing of physical distancing measures in 6-8

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Apr 10

COVID-19 Crisis and Impacts on Agriculture – UPDATE No. 4

Posted on Apr 10 By: Victoria Decker

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you apprised of the farm related impacts of the COVID19 crisis please see our overview of the latest developments that have been identified by the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions’ Team and partners.  Amid the crisis, our commissions have been focused on the following, priorities as identified

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Apr 8

Management tools for spring volunteer weeds from an overwintered crop

Posted on Apr 8 By: Mallorie Lewarne, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association | Jeremy Boychyn, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

With many unharvested acres across Western Canada, we will see a wide range of challenges as we head into spring 2020. One common challenge will be the management of high volunteer weed pressure. Unharvested or spring harvested crops can increase the amount of shelling out, and in turn, volunteer establishment. If you are considering seeding

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Apr 8

Managing an unharvested crop

Posted on Apr 8 By: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Not every fall season presents conditions that allow for a completed harvest. More challenging harvests can leave partial or full fields unharvested until spring of the following year. This creates numerous challenges and questions around management of an unharvested crop. When approaching these challenges, each farm situation is different. For this reason, there is no

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Apr 3

Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) Guidance for Employers Released

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

From the Grain Growers of Canada update TFW are allowed to come to Canada for work and if permits are granted. Quarantine/hygiene guidelines are being developed and will include a requirement for workers to isolate/quarantine themselves for two weeks before they are permitted to work. The onus is on employers to show risk management guidelines

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Apr 3

Absenteeism remains the biggest threat to the agricultural value chain

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

Since the last update, the Government of Alberta has deemed all farm input businesses as essential services and the Government of Canada has recommended that employees of companies engaged in the production of substances used by the agricultural industry be deemed essential. Input sellers have implemented new protocols to ensure that seed, fertilizers, herbicides, and

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