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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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Feds pondering more self-reliance in Canada’s food

'Even if we are already in a good position, we can always do better,' Bibeau says

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is looking for ways to make Canada’s food supply more autonomous. In an interview Thursday, Bibeau pointed to her minority Liberal government’s pledge in the throne speech to further support the food value chain. That could mean a review of food infrastructure across the country, according to Bibeau. Specifics aren’t yet […] Read more


The Outstanding Young Farmers program has been “nothing but a blessing” for her family, said Tara Sawyer, who won the 2011 award with husband Matt.

Outstanding Young Farmers creates cross-country connections

Reading Time: 2 minutes It can be tough to find your fit as an up-and-coming farmer — that’s where Outstanding Young Farmers comes in. “I always looked at Outstanding Young Farmers as a graduate program for people past 4-H,” said regional chairperson Steven Snider. “This is a great place for that generation to connect across all sectors.” The 35-year-old […] Read more