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Good News Grows serves up helpings of positivity by spotlighting the people making a difference in Canadian agriculture. Farmers putting food on the plates of Canadians, researchers working on a new food discovery, and food bank volunteers helping those who need it—these personal stories will help put a smile on your face.

John Shi

From culture shock to community: How Dr. John Shi used his years abroad to promote diversity and inclusion at AAFC

Early in his career, he studied and worked around the world, learning about different cultures along the way. Read how the travels of our scientist, Dr. John Shi, influenced his work and how he promotes diversity and inclusion every day.

Frances Braceland

The conservationist and the bog: How Frances Braceland helped bring new life to PEI wetlands

Frances Braceland is turning her passion for nature into real climate solutions through her work at Souris Wildlife. Learn about their wetlands project, and how Living Labs is helping make it happen.

Dr. Michelle Franklin

As busy as a weevil: Dr. Michelle Franklin's pest management approach has an eye to the future

It may sound cute, but the strawberry blossom weevil was anything but for Dr. Michelle Franklin and her team. Find out how she used a new approach to battle this threatening pest.

Leanne Wilson

The donation innovation: Leanne Wilson kick-starts a government effort to reinvent food donation

Reducing food waste is essential in helping the environment, and Leanne Wilson is doing her part. Learn how she and her team found an innovative approach to food donation.

Samia Berraies

To Wheat, With Love: Dr. Samia Berraies' worldly wheat research and the fight against genetic diseases

She was born in Tunisia and grew up passionate about wheat. Learn how Dr. Samia Berraies ended up as one of our scientists helping Canadian farmers keep their crops healthy.

 

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Title First Published Date Abstract
From culture shock to community: How Dr. John Shi used his years abroad to promote diversity and inclusion at AAFC 2022-05-11 Early in his career, he studied and worked around the world, learning about different cultures along the way. Read how the travels of our scientist, Dr. John Shi, influenced his work and how he promotes diversity and inclusion every day.
The conservationist and the bog: How Frances Braceland helped bring new life to PEI wetlands 2022-04-22 Frances Braceland is turning her passion for nature into real climate solutions through her work at Souris Wildlife. Learn about their wetlands project, and how Living Labs is helping make it happen.
As busy as a weevil: Dr. Michelle Franklin's pest management approach has an eye to the future 2022-03-22 It may sound cute, but the strawberry blossom weevil was anything but for Dr. Michelle Franklin and her team. Find out how she used a new approach to battle this threatening pest.
The donation innovation: Leanne Wilson kick-starts a government effort to reinvent food donation 2022-03-10 Reducing food waste is essential in helping the environment, and Leanne Wilson is doing her part. Learn how she and her team found an innovative approach to food donation.
To Wheat, With Love: Dr. Samia Berraies' worldly wheat research and the fight against genetic diseases 2022-02-08 She was born in Tunisia and grew up passionate about wheat. Learn how Dr. Samia Berraies ended up as one of our scientists helping Canadian farmers keep their crops healthy.
Money grows on trees: Dr. Colin Laroque's shelterbelt app saves trees across Canada 2022-01-25 There's more than one way to save a tree, and Dr. Colin Laroque found an innovative way to keep roots in the ground. Find out how he proved their worth for Canadian farmers.
An Emissions Mission: Dr. Karen Beauchemin and her ground-breaking work in reducing methane 2021-11-15 Animal nutrition is her specialty. Reducing Canadian agriculture's environmental footprint is her goal. Find out how Dr. Karen Beauchemin uses her expertise to cut emissions in the sector.
Turning barriers into bridges: Dr. Joyce Boye explains how collaboration and a healthy workplace are key to success and work fulfillment 2021-08-12 AAFC scientist Dr. Joyce Boye is a leader in the food science field. Find out how she has turned barriers into bridges towards a more inclusive workplace throughout her career
Research That Keeps Dairy Cows Healthy and Happy 2021-07-16 Dr. Pierre Lacasse has been working on the science of dairy production for over 15 years. Read about his work at AAFC's Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre that has helped farmers across Canada make real improvements the comfort and production of their cows.
A Brewer's Tale: How AAFC researcher Dr. Jason McCallum turns Maritime wild hops into unique and delicious beer 2021-06-11 Dr. Jason McCallum and his team have been studying Maritime hops for several years now, and tips from the public have been a big help in finding samples! Learn more about their tasty work.
Fighting Hunger Across Canada the Salvation Army Way 2021-05-19 The Salvation Army has a long history of providing healthy meals to those in need. Learn about how Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is helping them keep hope alive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
St. Paul's Community Garden: No small potatoes 2021-04-19 In the small town of St. Paul, Alberta, a local community garden has created a sense of belonging by teaching people of all ages about gardening and giving back to their local food bank.
Greener Village: Fredericton's food bank continues to grow 2021-04-14 For Canadian food banks, every year brings unique challenges. But the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic were unlike anything they had seen before.
The green people powering the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan 2021-03-31 Canadian farmers have to be experts at many things, including the environment.
Being Agri-Literate: Canadian Agricultural Literacy Month Celebrates its 10th Anniversary 2021-03-12 This year marks the tenth anniversary of Canadian Agricultural Literacy Month, a time for students to get their hands into the soil to see how deep our farming roots go.
Cultivating a Passion for Organic Farming at Ferme Lève-tôt 2021-02-21 At Ferme Lève-tôt, in the beautiful Outaouais region of Quebec, we don't just grow vegetables... but also passions.
The Researcher and the Cranberry: A Holiday Tale 2020-12-21 A holiday story about an AAFC researcher who had never heard about cranberries but is now studying them in poultry to fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Technology and youth on the farm: Bringing Alberta's agriculture into a new age 2020-11-09 How one young Albertan is giving back to the agriculture sector amid a unique year.  
A partnership pioneer: Dr. Douglas Hedley joins the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame 2021-02-24 For his roadmap to bringing the Canadian agriculture sector together, this man is a member of the 2020 Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Dr. Hao and his amazing automated greenhouse 2021-01-28 AAFC researcher Dr. Xiuming Hao's green thumb brought his team to victory at the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge where AI and horticultural expertise is leading the way to feeding the world.
East Coast food banks find a way to keep their cool 2020-12-24 Providing families with hearty holiday food, is "a very bright spot after a hard year."
Western food banks draw on community spirit during hard times 2021-01-21 In western Canada, two communities are drawing on the power of food and community spirit to get them through challenging times.
Eyes on the prize: Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers 2020-12-07

Checking in with last year's honourees of the Outstanding Young Farmers competition.

Teaching through a pandemic 2020-10-22 After adapting to COVID-19 in physical and virtual ways, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum has reopened its doors to the public!
Cold storage: Making the most of your harvest 2020-10-22 How to store your harvested apples and potatoes.
Bulk buying: How one British Columbian initiative is helping protect Canada's food-sector workers against COVID-19 2020-10-14 How one B.C. association stepped up to help keep Canadian food-industry workers safe, when they needed it most.
Pleasing pollinators: Supporting your hardworking garden allies 2020-08-05 Many pollinators are hard at work on farms and in your garden.
Plan(t) for success 2020-06-11 How to manage common pests in your home garden
Digging in: The dirt on a healthy home garden 2020-05-15 This spring, nature is calling out to Canadians once again.