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USDA plans more pandemic programs for disadvantaged farmers

Review found disparities in farm aid distribution

Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday it will dedicate at least US$6 billion to help smaller-scale and socially disadvantaged farmers who were hurt by the pandemic, along with producers of organic food and other specialty crops. The agency said it would also increase by approximately $5.6 billion payments made […] Read more

A trip to Ethiopia, as part of a Canadian Foodgrains Bank learning tour, was eye-opening for Alberta agronomist Lindsey Cowan.

Hope and heartache in drought-stricken Ethiopia

Reading Time: 3 minutes When Lindsey Cowan went to Ethiopia in early February, she expected to find subsistence farmers eking out a meagre living on lands that haven’t seen rain in the past two growing seasons. She expected to find poverty, famine, and drought. But she didn’t expect to find joy amidst it all. “Everyone was running around with […] Read more