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Canada taking first step toward lifting border restrictions

U.S. border restrictions still in place until at least June 21

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada on Wednesday took a cautious first step toward easing COVID-19 border restrictions, saying it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July. Canada’s air and land borders have allowed for only essential travel since March of last year, and Canadians coming home […] Read more

Farms can still sign up for Alberta Open Farm Days

Farms can still sign up for Alberta Open Farm Days

Registration deadline is May 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute Hopefully, visitors won’t have to stay “two llamas apart” when Alberta Open Farm Days rolls around in August. The nine-year-old event stayed calm and carried on last summer, with 77 host farms (and two dozen culinary events) welcoming socially distanced visitors. That was only about half the usual number, and activities that put people in […] Read more


In-person networking at farm shows is still on the back-burner for now, but there are online opportunities to be had if you’re prepared to reach out.

Don’t put your networking on hold because you can’t meet in person

Making new contacts is as important as ever — here are four tips for networking virtually

Reading Time: 3 minutes You won’t be able to schmooze at events and conferences this winter, but it’s still important to network. However, it’s not easy, said Darlene McBain, who used to travel frequently in her job as manager of industry relations for Farm Credit Canada. Trying to build a network at her computer during the lockdown just felt […] Read more

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Ag publishing house Issues Ink sold

Farms.com buys Winnipeg media company

Online ag information company Farms.com has taken another step into Canadian print media by buying ag publishing and consulting company Issues Ink. Winnipeg-based Issues Ink publishes Germination, Spud Smart, the Alberta Seed Guide, European Seed and Seed World. Its Seed World Group division also includes Seed World Create, a consulting unit providing marketing and communications […] Read more