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Week in review: March 25’s COVID-19 updates

A round-up of COVID-19 updates from this past week that impact fruit and vegetable producers across Canada, from seasonal workers to free resources available for producers.

Prime Minister announces $5 billion in additional lending support through FCC for farmers

Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Canadian government that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors.

Weekly CFA producer survey focuses on business risk management programs

This week’s producer survey from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture will focus on business risk management programs. Complete the survey before 12:00 p.m. EST on March 26.
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Fruit and Vegetables: Harvesting, Handling and Storage, 2nd Edition

The second edition of this very well-received book, which in its first edition was entitled Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables, has been welcomed by the community of postharvest physiologists and technologists who found the first edition of such great use. The book covers, in comprehensive detail, postharvest physiology as it applies to postharvest quality, technology relating to maturity determination, harvesting, packaging, postharvest treatments, controlled atmosphere storage, ripening and transportation on a very wide international range of fruits and vegetables. » Learn more
Featured Articles 

How is COVID-19 impacting our food system?

Rethinking inventory, supply chain shifts, needing investments into regional processing – a pandemic shines a light on if Canada’s food system is built to last. Evan Fraser, director of Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, shares his thoughts on what the COVID-19 pandemic could mean for Canada’s food system. » Read more...

Marketing Matters: Keeping it authentic in Ireland

In her monthly column, Cathy Bartolic shares her experience at Causey Farm in Ireland. Bartolic lists four key takeaways for any producer planning their own agritourism initiatives. While the pandemic is no time for agritourism, it is an opportunity to make changes and start fresh. » Read more...