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Apr 3

Grain Markets Analysis

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

On April 1, 2020 global wheat markets broke the upward price trend that had held over the last two weeks. The rise in prices may have been a reaction from buyers who were facing uncertainty as to if global trade would continue given the global pandemic. This is a concern that has also been raised

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Apr 3

Grain Transport running smoothly

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

Rail Transport Due to the recent economic slowdown, rail transport is experiencing a general decrease in demand to move some major goods such as oil products and automobiles. This has resulted in an excess of certain types of rail cars on the network creating the potential for congestion. Railways are in the process of storing

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Apr 3

Intro: COVID-19 Crisis and Impacts on Agriculture – UPDATE #3

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you apprised of the farm-related impacts of the COVID-19 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 by

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Apr 3

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

The Alberta government has published their listing of essential services, which includes all aspects of the agriculture and agri-food value supply chain. Public Safety Canada has compiled a non-exhaustive list of essential services and functions to support this effort and assist in enabling the movement of critical infrastructure workers within and between jurisdictions. Grain Growers

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Apr 3

AGRICULTURE INCLUDED IN ESSENTIAL SERVICE GUIDELINES BY PROVINCES AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUT NOT BINDING

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

Provincial The publishing of the Alberta (non-exhaustive) list of essential services came on the heels of the announcement by Minister of Agricultural and Forestry Devin Dreeshen last Friday (March 27, 2020) that the entire national supply chain should be declared an essential service. He mentioned that while the complex supply chain is currently moving well,

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Apr 3

Research funders call on federal government to ensure technicians and scientists can continue to work safely

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

Research funding organizations have reached out to public research institutions to request contingency plans, and discuss any potential required adjustments in contract terms and conditions by April 15, 2020. Major decisions need to be made by, or around, this date to preserve the 2020 field research season.  As funders of research, the Alberta Wheat and

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Apr 3

A new arena for the relationship between producers, suppliers and agronomists

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

Social distancing has created distance between supplier and producer. Producers are able to attain every input needed this spring without “seeing” anyone. Chemicals and seed are dropped at the farm gate and fertilizer supplied in a truck as a dead drop zero interaction. Independent and line company agronomists will need to communicate and relay agronomic

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Apr 3

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Posted on Apr 3 By: Victoria Decker

A federal benefit designed to help businesses cover up to 75% of wages and keep their employees on payroll. The benefit pays 75% of the first $58, 700 normally earned by employees, up to $847 per week. The subsidy is expected to last for three months – retroactive from March 15 to June 6, with

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