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Agriculture AgTech Investments

AgTech firm Farmers Business Network raises $250M

Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., a US based agtech firm with a mission to power the prosperity of family farmers around the world by helping them maximize their profit potential, has closed a $250m Series F funding round. The round was led by BlackRock Inc., with participation from new investors Baron Capital Group, Balyasny Asset Management […]

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Agriculture AgTech Incubation

WGCIT, a California-based AgTech incubator secures first international partner

Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT), a California-based AgTech incubator, announced July 30 the government of Canada as its first international partner. The WGCIT, which is located in Salinas, California, is one of the first agricultural technology centers in the United States that is dedicated to bringing innovative entrepreneurs together with farmers to […]

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AgTech Food Processing Investments

Saskatchewan Launches $1 Million Agtech Growth Fund

The Agtech Growth Fund (AGF) is a research and development (R&D) funding program designed to accelerate the commercialization of game-changing technological innovations in the province’s agricultural sector. Through AGF, Innovation Saskatchewan (IS) provides non-repayable grants to projects that address a specific industry challenge. “Growing our ag economy is a key part of Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan […]

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AgTech FoodTech Protein

Government of Canada announced $100 million financing for Merit Functional Foods plant

The Government of Canada announced the financing of close to $100 million for the new Merit Functional Foods plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Merit Functional Foods will construct a commercial-scale protein extraction facility that will produce plant proteins superior in solubility, flavour and purity. This plant, scheduled to be fully operational in December 2020 will create […]

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Food Security Local Food

Buy local branding initiative: “Buy Algoma, Buy Local”

Given the urgent need for change in the global food market, there has never been such a demand for locally grown, fresh, organic food. Local production helps mitigate reliance on imports and serves as a buffer during supply disruptions to import sources, which contributes to the food security. It not only stimulates the local economy, […]

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Agriculture Policy

Agri-Food Pilot to ensure Food Security in Canada

The Agri-Food Pilot is conceptualised to build resilience in the agriculture sector, which sees thousands of jobs go unfilled each year. It helps address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. The pilot provides a pathway to permanent residence for experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific industries and occupations. It will run until May 2023. […]

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Agriculture Education

Agriculture Training Support Program in Alberta

Agriculture Training Support Program is intended to offset costs for COVID-19 safety and training, including the costs for personal protective equipment and to remove any barriers to getting Albertans safely working. As part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Risk Management programs, this program will improve the agriculture and agri-food sector’s ability to anticipate, mitigate and […]

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Food Safety Supply Chain

It’s not the food supply chain that’s breaking, it’s the meat supply chain

Supply lines across the food industry have been impacted by the coronavirus. Shuttered restaurants, university dining halls, workplace food providers, and more have all strained the food supply chain. In particular, the meat industry has suffered the hardest hit. In addition to closures of many of its largest purchasers, COVID-19 outbreaks inside meatpacking facilities have […]

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Milk

Consumer preference for Milk in Europe and America

Americans prefer chilled milk, while Europeans store their milk outside the refrigerator. The difference arises due to different taste/ flavor preferences of consumers and the pasteurization technologies used by dairy industry in these two geographies. Pasteurization, here means, heat-treatment process that destroys pathogenic microorganisms in certain foods and beverages.The treatment also destroys most of the […]

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Policy

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership opens up E-Business opportunities for agri-food

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) is a five-year federal- provincial-territorial initiative to strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri- products sectors, and increase their competitiveness, prosperity and sustainability. The Governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors to capture online e-business opportunities that will help create new, expanded or enhanced […]

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European vegetable producers are asking to open the Russian market for export

The Association of European Fruit and Vegetable Manufacturers (Eucofel) called on the European Commission to open export to the Russian market. An open letter asking to resume dialogue with Russia was signed by representatives of the fruit and vegetable sector of Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland and Portugal. In addition, producers of fruits and […]

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North American agri suffers as beef processing plants close

The increasing closure of meat processing plants in the US and Canada amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, will have a marked impact on the agricultural economies in those countries. The meat processing and packing plants were reportedly closing down because staff members were testing positive for COVID-19. This included plants run by some of […]

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Agri-food industry to receive federal support for migrant workers in Canada

$50-million has been allocated to help farmers, the fish industry, and meat processors put in place measures to be able to provide migrant workers the ability to isolate for 14-days. Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau says the food and supply chains are essential for maintaining fresh foods and vegetables for all Canadians. […]

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Half Your Plate

Ever thought, “Gee, I should eat more veggies, but I have no time!,” or “I have no clue how to cook a squash, I’ll just stick with salad” ? Then Half Your Plate was developed for you! Half Your Plate is a healthy living alternative empowering Canadians of all ages to more eat fruits and […]