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Canada’s ag industry adds 800 jobs for youth in the 2020-21 year

Approximately 800 new positions are expected to be created through the Youth Employment and Skills Program for the 2020/2021 program year. In May, the cost-share employment program received $9.2 million in additional funding to attract Canadian youth.

Members announced for Canada’s first-ever Agricultural Youth Council

From more than 800 applications, 25 young people were selected to form Canada’s first Agricultural Youth Council. They represent all sectors, provinces, and will have an opportunity to inform Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s priorities.

Always in Season project highlights opportunities to support agriculture and local food

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s Always in Season project aims to increase local food sales, provide new opportunities for local producers for value-added agriculture, and enhance agri-tourism and culinary tourism opportunities.
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The Food Lover’s Garden

Grow it, cook it, eat it! From the vegetable patch to the dinner table
Put off by the origin-unknown, not-so-fresh, pesticide-laden offerings at the grocery store? Hungry for delicious high-quality veg and fragrant herbs, and looking to have some control over where your food comes from but never planted a seed in your life?
Foodie meets gardener in this deliciously accessible, easy-to-use guide to growing, cooking, and preserving twenty-some popular, easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs. Taking the budding gardener from planting, growing and harvesting, to preparation of delicious, nutritious, and affordable meals, this book is a celebration of food in all its stages.
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New program allows Ontario agri-food workplaces to assess their COVID-19 risk

Farms can book a consultation with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services to assess the COVID-19 risk of their operations and provide awareness training for workers. Valued at $2,000, each two-day consultation is being funded entirely through the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program and available for agricultural operators on a first-come, first-served basis. » Read more...
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Opinion: Farmers being blamed unfairly for COVID-19 spread among workers

“In the midst of an already difficult season – navigating a combined health and economic crisis – farmers have never felt more misunderstood, misrepresented and demoralized,” writes Ken Forth. Forth is a broccoli farmer and president of Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services, the non-profit organization that administers the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. » Read more...