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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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May 5

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions say the federal government’s announcement fails to address long-term issues faced by grain farmers

Posted on May 5 By: Victoria Decker

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions are disappointed in the federal government’s failure to address the long-standing issues farmers were already facing before COVID-19 including global trade uncertainty and ineffective Business Risk Management (BRM) programs. These issues are compounded by the fact that many farmers are still recovering from the harvest from hell when they

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May 3

Class 1 licensing – testing, training and renewals

Posted on May 3 By: Victoria Decker

Alberta commercial (Class 1) road test continue to be suspended until public health emergency orders are lifted and/or appropriate measures are in place to ensure safety in continuing with road tests. Government is also working on a plan to allow driver examiners to perform tests for drivers who require a license as part of their

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May 3

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) shortages remain an ongoing concern

Posted on May 3 By: Victoria Decker

Survey Results Thank you to those who participated in our survey to gather more information on PPE concerns on your farms. Based on this input we have ascertained the following: Personal Protection Equipment Farmers use a wide range of personal protective equipment (PPE) and products in their regular farming operations.  Of the current PPE that

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May 1

CleanFarms plastic collection and recycling programs continuing; with some closures – call before you visit

Posted on May 1 By: Victoria Decker

CleanFarms offers the following advice related to COVID-19 Retail collection sites When submitting a pickup request, include in the “Instructions to driver?” section:  Contact name and cell phone number and request that the driver call before arriving on site Any site-specific safety measures in place The location of the materials for collection For non-deposit bulk

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May 1

Supply Chain: Fertilizer industry prepared for seeding season

Posted on May 1 By: Victoria Decker

Members of Fertilizer Canada are reporting that they are 90% prepared for the 2020 seeding season with fertilizer distributed to agricultural retailers, on-farm and at distribution centres. There is a strong confidence in the availability of replenishment fertilizer throughout the growing season, with any incoming fertilizer supply either docked or en route to Canada and

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May 1

Reminder that you may qualify for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Posted on May 1 By: Victoria Decker

An interest free loan of $40, 000 for qualifying businesses and non-profits, could help producers facing cash flow issues. $10, 000 eligible for forgiveness if $30K is fully repaid on or before December 31, 2022. You must have an annual payroll of between $20K and $1.5million based on reported employment income from 2019. Resources Canada

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May 1

Federal Government launches, Step up to the Plate initiative to further connect employees and employers in the agriculture sector

Posted on May 1 By: Victoria Decker

The Step up to the Plate – Help feed Canadians job portal helps connect unemployed Canadians with employment opportunities across the agriculture and agri-food value chain. The site offers a coalition of resources for employees and employers alike. The Alberta Agriculture Job Connector program, is included in these resources and offers the industry tools and

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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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