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Bibeau says government committed to federal plant breeding

Seed royalty consultations stalled

The Canadian government is committed to plant breeding, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told members of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation on Tuesday. Some farmers and seed industry officials suspect Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) variety development work, along with many other programs, will be on the chopping block post-COVID-19 as the government tackles its […] Read more

Foreign worker isolation support extended

Federal program extended alongside federal restrictions

The federal program helping employers of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) cover the costs of isolating new workers for two weeks on their arrival in Canada has been extended through November. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Monday that the Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program will now run to Nov. 30, as the government […] Read more


Federal irrigation pledge seen flowing mainly to Prairies

Infrastructure plan also includes promised broadband support

Prairie provinces will receive the bulk of Ottawa’s $1.5 billion commitment to support irrigation projects, according to federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday launched a three-year, $10 billion infrastructure plan aimed at five different sectors, including agriculture. The $1.5 billion is expected to result in 700,000 acres of irrigated land. […] Read more

St. Mary River Irrigation District’s chair says investing in irrigation infrastructure produces a good return for the provincial economy.

Irrigation districts say they’re grateful for provincial funding

This year's allocation is smaller, but there's recognition that 'tax dollars are very hard to come by now'

This year’s allocation is smaller but there’s recognition that ‘tax dollars are very hard to come by now’

Reading Time: 2 minutes It was cheque-cashing time for Alberta’s irrigation districts earlier this month as the provincial government announced $10 million in allocations through the Irrigation Rehabilitation Program (IRP) for the 2020-21 budget year. In place for over 50 years, the IRP is a 75-25 cost-share program between the province and Alberta’s irrigation districts. As its name suggests, […] Read more


Smart ag research program receives $5.1 million in funding

Reading Time: < 1 minute Olds College’s Smart Farm has received $5.1 million in federal and industry funding for its applied research program. The funds will be used for a series of “industry-driven, college-led” projects to develop, evaluate and demonstrate smart ag technology. “Our goal is to provide beta testing research that will support small to medium enterprises and help […] Read more

Federal government to backstop TFW isolation with funding

Employers backed to provide mandatory two-week isolation

Farming and agrifood employers bringing temporary foreign workers (TFWs) to Canada will get per-worker support to make sure those employees can self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Monday announced up to $50 million for such employers to put such measures in place. As part of its response to the COVID-19 […] Read more


Fraser: Bibeau buying time, BRM not a federal priority

The federal government is buying time when it comes to making drastic improvements to AgriStability and other business risk management (BRM) programs. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau recently announced minor, cost-free tweaks to AgriStability, during the same week the public was given an updated look at Canada’s fiscal situation. That update shows the Liberal government’s […] Read more

Host of community organizations in Alberta receive funding

Reading Time: 2 minutes A host of communities across Alberta will be proceeding with improvement projects after receiving grants from foundations. Fifteen organizations, one school and one municipality in the province shared $282,000 grants given out by FCC AgriSpirit Fund, which supports rural capital projects across the country. The charitable initiative of Farm Credit Canada awards $5,000 and $25,000 […] Read more


Cattle producer Pearl Gregor installed wetland fencing two years ago with help from ALUS Canada.

Wetland protection a no-brainer for cattle producer

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pearl Gregor was on the phone the instant she read about ALUS Canada in her county newspaper. “When I heard about ALUS, it was automatic — I had to do it,” said the New Sarepta-area cattle farmer. “We’ve lost so much of the Alberta wetlands. As farmers, we need water, so we need ALUS.” ALUS […] Read more

Ag societies get their funding wish

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta’s ag societies got their wish in last month’s provincial budget — stable funding from the province. The government pledged to give the 283 primary and seven regional agricultural societies $11.5 million per year for the next three years. “This longer-term commitment ensures that agricultural societies can plan ahead and budget for the facilities, events, […] Read more