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Labour shortages cost Canadian agriculture sector $3.5 billion in 2022: research

Labour shortages cost Canadian agriculture sector $3.5 billion in 2022: research

OTTAWA — The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council says labour shortages cost the agriculture sector $3.5 billion in sales in 2022. Research by the Conference Board of Canada on behalf of the council found the sector has a vacancy rate of 7.
Spooky harvest: Droughts, heavy rain create challenge for Canada's pumpkin season

Spooky harvest: Droughts, heavy rain create challenge for Canada's pumpkin season

FREDERICTON — Extreme weather caused by climate change — droughts followed by heavy rains — wreaked havoc with the pumpkin harvest across Canada this year. Nova Scotia pumpkin farmer Danny Dill said the spring planting season was extremely dry.
Canadian ranchers brace for long, lean winter after droughts, soaring feed costs

Canadian ranchers brace for long, lean winter after droughts, soaring feed costs

CALGARY — It could be a long, lean winter in cattle country as drought-ravaged western Canadian ranchers struggle to secure feed to get their livestock through the cold months.
Grain farmers hit by seaway strike, as both sides agree to sit down with mediator

Grain farmers hit by seaway strike, as both sides agree to sit down with mediator

MONTREAL — The federal government has instructed workers and management in the St. Lawrence Seaway strike to sit down with a mediator this Friday and hash out their differences, as groups ranging from grain farmers to steelmakers feel the squeeze.
Better data, management of water needed for Canada's agri-food sector: report

Better data, management of water needed for Canada's agri-food sector: report

OTTAWA — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute is recommending that governments across the country develop a national plan to sustainably manage and use water for the agri-food sector.
Alberta livestock producers affected by drought to receive aid to offset costs

Alberta livestock producers affected by drought to receive aid to offset costs

CALGARY — The governments of Alberta and Canada are to provide $165 million to support livestock producers affected by drought and extreme weather conditions.
Orchids, veggies and beer: pot producers pivot in tough market

Orchids, veggies and beer: pot producers pivot in tough market

When Miguel Martin first visited Bevo Agtech Inc.’s Langley, B.C., greenhouse, he saw potential bursting from every corner. Hundreds of trays of tomato seedlings stretched away under the glow of LED lights.
Dairy Farmers of Canada recommend delaying farmgate milk price adjustment

Dairy Farmers of Canada recommend delaying farmgate milk price adjustment

OTTAWA — The Dairy Farmers of Canada are recommending that an upcoming adjustment to the farmgate price of milk be delayed amid ongoing food inflation and pressure on the food industry to stabilize prices.
Government review of Cannabis Act drags despite 'sense of urgency' from pot industry

Government review of Cannabis Act drags despite 'sense of urgency' from pot industry

TORONTO — When Canada legalized recreational cannabis in 2018, there were still many unknown implications for health care, industry and the country at large.
Pot shops lucky to be in business amid competition, advertising rules and THC limits

Pot shops lucky to be in business amid competition, advertising rules and THC limits

TORONTO — Sean Kady spent most of his 20s toting around a teal tackle box that once belonged to his roommate's grandfather. Occasionally, people would spot the box and ask to borrow a wrench, but it didn't contain tools or bait.