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May 9

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) shortages continue, processes being tested

Posted on May 9 By: Victoria Decker

If you are experiencing shortages in PPE equipment you can submit a request, on a cost recovery basis, through the Government of Alberta Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Request Form https://xnet.gov.ab.ca/ppe We continue to work with the Alberta government and agriculture retailers to monitor the shortages and keep our members apprised of availability as it emerges.

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May 9

7.8 Billion Pandemic Responses – A COVID-19 farm diary

Posted on May 9 By: Victoria Decker

The following is an excerpt from GrainsWest Magazine from the COVID-19 Farm Diary series. Story written by Sarah Hoffman  7.8 BILLION PANDEMIC RESPONSES One of the non-COVID-19 challenges we faced on our farm this spring is dealing with flax straw—a tenacious material that needs to be removed from the field before seeding. We had dropped

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May 9

Food Producers Cope with Pandemic Complications While Retail Demand Surges

Posted on May 9 By: Victoria Decker

The following is an except from GrainsWest Magazine, story written by Ian Doig   COVID SIX: FOOD MANUFACTURERS Canada has seen a growing number of positive tests for COVID-19 among employees at meat processing facilities, which has resulted in slowdowns and closures. This has been most pronounced in Alberta where the Cargill plant in High River

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May 9

The University of Alberta (U of A) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) released COVID-related research updates to stakeholders this week

Posted on May 9 By: Victoria Decker

Both the University of Alberta, Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Science (ALES), and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) released COVID-related research updates to stakeholders this week Dean of ALES, Stan Blade, indicated that:  Winter semester classes have wrapped up, after a transition to e-learning for the last half of the semester. Given that the

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May 9

Federal Government announces $252M aid package for agriculture – fails to address long term issues for grain farmers

Posted on May 9 By: Victoria Decker

Overview of the funding package announced on May 5, 2020 $252 million dollars announced in total funding. The federal government has suggested that this funding envelope is an ‘initial amount’, and that more support may be on the horizon. $77 million of the funding has been earmarked for agri-food processors to allow them to invest

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May 9

Latest Developments | May 11

Posted on May 9 By: Victoria Decker

On May 5, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $252 emergency aid package for farmers and food processors. Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley issued a statement wondering when long-term solutions will be proposed. On May 7, 2020 the Alberta Government announced further details to support farmers and ranchers through AgriRecovery which is focused

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