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May 1

Transportation continues to operate very well, with increased capacity

Posted on May 1 By: Victoria Decker

Rail The Agriculture Transport Coalition (ATC) reported that railways supplied 97% of hopper cars ordered by Canadian grain elevators in week 37, an increase over the 93% supplied last week. Order fulfillment in Alberta for CP decreased in week 37 to 97% from 98% in the previous week, and CN increasing to 98% in week

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May 1

AFSC continues to make changes intended to improve program responsiveness

Posted on May 1 By: Victoria Decker

AgriStability  Federal and provincial governments have been exploring how AgriStability could be adjusted to help producers. Any proposed changes to the programs—such as adjusting the trigger level, removing the reference margin limit, or eliminating the cap on payments—are assessed on their ability to make the programs more effective, agile, timely, and equitable for farmers. The

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May 1

Dreeshen hints at sector specific programs coming for COVID-19

Posted on May 1 By: Victoria Decker

In his weekly update with Alberta farm groups on Friday, May 1, Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen hinted that assistance for sectors of Alberta Agriculture hardest hit by COVID-19 is in the works. Fresh off a call with federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers, Dreeshen said he and his officials would be working over the weekend

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May 1

No final decision yet on AAFC 2020 research season

Posted on May 1 By: Victoria Decker

Agriculture groups, led by the prairie wheat and barley commissions have been urging Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to reverse a decision to suspend all field-based research activities in Canada in 2020.  Resources:  Ag Canada leaves co-op trial system in limbo Pandemic shouldn’t stop Ag Canada research Ag Canada closes door on field research for

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May 1

Latest Developments | May 4

Posted on May 1 By: Victoria Decker

Still no final decision on AAFC 2020 research season on conducting any significant field research activities in 2020. Farm assistance programs for Alberta in the works? Ongoing concerns with the availability of PPE on farm being addressed at provincial and federal level. AgriStablity deadline extended to July 3, 2020, farmers experiencing losses are encouraged to

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Apr 26

Farmers are lacking PPE as they head into seeding the 2020 crop

Posted on Apr 26 By: Victoria Decker

Effective immediately the agriculture and food sector, as a recognized essential service, can submit PPE orders directly to the Logistics Section of Municipal Affairs’ Alberta Emergency Management Agency’s Provincial Operations Centre (AEMA-POC) for procurement on their behalf.  Agriculture and Food Sector Industry 3-Step Order Process: Prior to placing an order, review the Government of Alberta PPE Guideline document to ensure that

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Apr 25

Class 1 Testing, Training and Licensing

Posted on Apr 25 By: Victoria Decker

Motor vehicle documents that expire between March 17, 2020 through to May 15, 2020 are hereby extended, and remain subsisting and valid until midnight on May 15, 2020. This exemption applies to the following motor vehicle documents: Operator’s licences; Certificates of registration (including registrations obtained through International Registration Plan (IRP); Licence plates; Operating Authority Certificates;

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Apr 25

Market Impacts: Weather takes the driver seat on market pricing

Posted on Apr 25 By: Victoria Decker

As the season progresses, the primary driver for commodity markets is switching from concerns regarding COVID-19 to concerns regarding spring weather. USDA crop progress report for the week showed winter wheat crop good to excellent crop condition drop to 57% from 62% the previous week. Markets are watching spring precipitation in Europe, the Black Sea

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Apr 25

COVID-19 protocols allowing grain elevators and terminals to continue operations

Posted on Apr 25 By: Victoria Decker

Elevators remain operating under COVID-19 protocols and grain deliveries appear to be occurring with minimal delays. The WGEA reported that there have been 3 suspected COVID-19 situations to date. One case in Ontario and 2 in Vancouver. All cases have been handled according to guidelines and no significant closures of operations have been reported. 

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