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Indigenous farming has a rich, although largely lost, history but many communities want to make ag part of their future, said Shaun Soonias, director of Indigenous relations for Farm Credit Canada.

Indigenous communities eye opportunities in agriculture

Farming has largely become a lost skill but there’s a keen interest in both production and value adding

Reading Time: 3 minutes Costly land. Labour shortages. Knowledge gaps. Expensive equipment. New farmers in Canada face plenty of hurdles — but for a growing number of Indigenous producers, those barriers are even bigger. “We see a tremendous amount of interest in all forms of agriculture,” said Shaun Soonias, director of Indigenous relations for Farm Credit Canada. “But a […] Read more

Ag lender pledges new approach to Indigenous people

Reading Time: < 1 minute The country’s top ag lender says that in order to serve Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs, it needs to “better understand” them. “Diversification of Canada’s agriculture and food industry is one of our top priorities,” said Michael Hoffort, president and CEO of Farm Credit Canada. “It begins with developing a deeper understanding of Indigenous agriculture — […] Read more


A file photo of Brazil’s Mata Atlantica (Atlantic rainforest). (FG Trade/E+/Getty Images)

Bolsonaro gives Brazil farm ministry powers on indigenous land

Rio de Janeiro/Brasilia | Reuters — New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued an executive order on Wednesday making the agriculture ministry responsible for deciding on lands claimed by indigenous peoples, in a victory for agribusiness that will likely enrage environmentalists. The temporary decree, which will expire unless it is ratified within 120 days by Congress, […] Read more

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Duration limit lifted from foreign worker program

Canadian farm groups are among the sectors hailing Ottawa’s decision to axe the cumulative duration rule, or “four-in, four-out” policy, which stood to sideline temporary foreign workers from the Canadian market. The federal government announced last Tuesday (Dec. 13) it would lift the restriction, effective immediately. The cumulative duration rule had been in place in […] Read more