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farmer tending to pigs in a barn

New programs aim to educate and reassure consumers about agriculture

The province is giving out $10 million for education, building public trust, and ‘sustainability assurances’

Reading Time: 3 minutes [UPDATE: Aug. 22, 2018]* The next wave of agricultural funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is open and includes a trio of programs with goals that appear quite different than its predecessor, Growing Forward 2. The federal government, in partnership with the provinces and territories, has allocated $3 billion over the next five years to […] Read more

Cows on pasture in Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, England

The U.K. packs a lot of agriculture into a small space

British farmers need to get along with neighbouring communities, 
cut greenhouse emissions, and fend off cheap foreign competition

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s an area steeped in history and culture that is also a breadbasket of diverse agriculture. The United Kingdom is home to 214,000 farms, which nearly mirrors Canada’s 205,000 farms, although the average size is 142 hectares (or about half the size of the average Canadian operation). And though the farms may be the same […] Read more

Government needs to be ‘more serious and strategic’ about fostering an agri-food processing, says Joe Makowecki, president of Heritage Frozen Foods, a major purchaser of Alberta potatoes, flour, and canola oil.

Food processing could be the next Alberta advantage

Despite hundreds of millions of investment, agri-food processing 
in Alberta is just ‘muddling along,’ says entrepreneur

Reading Time: 4 minutes One year after a call to build Alberta’s agri-food processing sector, not much has changed. “Everything has stalled,” said Jerry Bouma, co-founder of Toma & Bouma Management Consultants. “We have a new government and the formation of a new ministry. Any time you have a restructuring — both politically and bureaucratically — it takes awhile […] Read more