Have a nice day and welcome to Sprout where I have been asked to remind all of you that it is National Coffee Day! It is also National Bakery Day. Mmm coffee and baked goods – what a delicious combo.

Here is the agricultural news of the day.

The head

Canadian farm groups hope the return of the two Michaels – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – to Canada and the end of a legal saga with China’s Huawei leader Meng Wanzhou will lead to a de-escalation of tensions between Canada and China. including a full recovery in the canola trade.

As CBC News reports, more than two years of bans and restrictions on some exports of Canadian canola to China have reportedly cost the industry an estimated $ 2 billion in lost sales and falling prices.

Around the city

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to appoint his new cabinet in October, with plans to bring Parliament back before the end of the fall. As reported by CTV News, Trudeau said Toronto MP Chrytia Freeland will remain the country’s finance minister and deputy prime minister.

A 50-year-old horse farm caught fire last Thursday in Smiths Falls, Ontario. As reported by CTV News, the fire is believed to have started in the main living room. No one was hurt.

A new report from Farm Management Canada examines some of the unique needs of Indigenous farmers in Canada. Farms.com has more.

In Canada

A new study by the Business Development Bank of Canada has found that Canada’s labor shortage is widespread across the country and affects several different economic sectors – a shortfall that may hamper the recovery of Canadian businesses after the COVID-19 crisis. CBC News has this story.

Meanwhile, apple growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan region are struggling to bring in this year’s harvest due to persistent labor shortages. Global News has this story.

And, in the restaurant industry, worker shortages are forcing restaurants to cut hours and cut menus. The National Post has more.

North America’s best-known weed, Palmer pigweed, has been found in Manitoba. As Real Agriculture reports, the plants were found in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin, which surrounds Carman, Man.

The Financial Times examines how soaring pea prices could hurt plant-based meat producers.

A chicken company in Chilliwack, British Columbia, has pleaded guilty to two counts under the Health of Animals Regulations for causing undue harm to chickens. As CBC News reports, the guilty plea comes after an investigation was sparked by an undercover video. CBC News has more.

In other news related to farm animals in British Columbia: The province’s deadly heat dome is said to have killed at least 651,000 farm animals between June 24 and June 30. Glacier Farm Media Reports.

Food courts in Alberta are now checking proof of vaccination after the province quietly made changes to its vaccination passport over the weekend. City News has this story.

Moving on to the food bank news: The Regina Food Bank launched its Million Meal Challenge with help from the Mosaic company. Meanwhile, in Windsor, Ont., Demand for food bank support is on the rise, while food and cash donations are down, resulting in empty shelves. In Halifax, the food bank is in dire need of a new delivery truck, and the Calgary Food Bank thanks the seniors who donated an “absolutely phenomenal” crop of fruits and vegetables.


The Guardian dives deep into the European meat industry, where long hours, low wages and broken dreams are all too common. As the newspaper reports, the union is calling for a Europe-wide ban on the use of contract workers in the meat industry, while grocery chains warn they will cut ties with meat suppliers who exploit workers.

CNN examines how Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit choices are exacerbating fuel and food shortages in Britain.

Bloomberg explores how global food and agricultural costs are likely to rise further due to a forecast difficult harvest season in China.

The United Nations World Food Program warns Myanmar faces “extreme deprivation” due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has pushed more people into poverty. BNN has more.

South Korea is reportedly considering a ban on dog meat consumption as the number of pet owners grows in the country. The Washington Post has this story.


The kick

BBC News examines how sea otters can help fight climate change. As if we didn’t need another reason to love lovable, playful creatures more.

Until tomorrow.

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