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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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Mar 27

Agriculture and Critical Infrastructure and Essential Services

Posted on Mar 27 By: Victoria Decker

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions have called on governments for a unified approach to including agriculture as essential services and critical infrastructure.  Many provinces have enacted emergency measures; defining essential services and critical infrastructure. Most provinces have included the agriculture value chain – but not with any consistency. The federal government has stated that they

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Mar 27

Markets and Grain Prices – Could wheat be the new toilet paper?

Posted on Mar 27 By: Victoria Decker

In these unprecedented times, the international buyers of agricultural products are dealing with two major risks from grain exporting countries infected with COVID: Will the supply chains continue to operate so the export of grains can continue? Will governments continue to allow the export of grains? While there are no known issues with supply chains

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Mar 27

Temporary Foreign Workers will receive a travel ban exemption

Posted on Mar 27 By: Victoria Decker

The federal government has announced that a travel ban exemption is now in effect for Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs). Employers using all streams of the program are able to make arrangements for workers to enter Canada. TFWs, like all travelers arriving in Canada, are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period before they are able

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