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Accepting applications to the Agricultural Methane Reduction Challenge

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada invests in innovative, scalable and economically viable practices, processes, and technologies that reduce enteric methane emissions from the cattle sector, specifically cow-calf operations, feedlot, and dairy.

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Learning partnership is power: Thousands of students in Atlantic Canada learn about careers at AAFC through Agriculture in the Classroom

AAFC employees in Atlantic Canada teamed-up with their provincial Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) programs and headed to schools across New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Take a look back at AAFC’s collaboration with AITC in Atlantic Canada!

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60 years of science: Dr. Umesh Gupta receives Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

AAFC Emeritus Research Scientist is rewarded for more than 60 years of agriculture research and dedication to community on Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Ana Badea and Dr. Judith Nyiraneza

Two AAFC scientists top Canada's 2023 list of influential women in agriculture

Research Scientists, Dr. Ana Badea in Manitoba and Dr. Judith Nyiraneza on Prince Edward Island, are honoured in this year's crop of Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture.

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On the farm with On-Farm Climate Action Fund: Nova Scotia farmer recaps rewards of program

Nick van Vulpen, owner of van Vulpen Farms Ltd, and his son, Denzel, help the farm tackle climate change by adopting beneficial management practices in nitrogen management and rotational grazing through funding under the Agricultural Climate Solutions On-Farm Climate Action Fund.

Living Laboratories, Atlantic Field Trip

Beyond research results, one of Living Lab – Atlantic’s greatest accomplishments is the collaboration between farmers and scientists

With Living Lab – Atlantic now complete, participants are reflecting on the project, its approach, and its successes for farmers and researchers.


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Learning partnership is power: Thousands of students in Atlantic Canada learn about careers at AAFC through Agriculture in the Classroom 2023-11-06 AAFC employees in Atlantic Canada teamed-up with their provincial Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) programs and headed to schools across New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Take a look back at AAFC’s collaboration with AITC in Atlantic Canada!
A bountiful garden: Sophie Wood grows vegetables and confidence at a local community farm 2023-11-01 With high school graduation looming, Sophie found herself wondering what would come next. With help from The Reena Foundation, she's flourishing in her community garden. Read more about her story.
Power to the pomace: Kirk Moir upcycles wine waste to pair flavour with sustainability 2023-10-13 Crush Dynamics is changing the way we see the waste of wine. Read their story about how the team is uncorking the hidden flavours within the pomace through AAFC's Food Waste Reduction Challenge.
The organic dynamic: Dr. Myriam Fernandez champions organic agriculture in a changing Prairie climate 2023-09-22 Championing organic agriculture is more than a job for Dr. Myriam Fernandez—it's her passion. Read all about how she has worked to change the mindset on organics.
Farming the future: Innovation and the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council 2023-06-05 The Canadian Agricultural Youth Council represents the next generation of agriculture professionals. They are farming's future and are embracing the latest technology to promote sustainable and productive agriculture in Canada and around the world. Read their stories here.
60 years of science: Dr. Umesh Gupta receives Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal 2023-10-30 AAFC Emeritus Research Scientist is rewarded for more than 60 years of agriculture research and dedication to community on Prince Edward Island.
Two AAFC scientists top Canada's 2023 list of influential women in agriculture 2023-10-27 Research Scientists, Dr. Ana Badea in Manitoba and Dr. Judith Nyiraneza on Prince Edward Island, are honoured in this year's crop of Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture.
On the farm with On-Farm Climate Action Fund: Nova Scotia farmer recaps rewards of program 2023-08-28 Nick van Vulpen, owner of van Vulpen Farms Ltd, and his son, Denzel, help the farm tackle climate change by adopting beneficial management practices in nitrogen management and rotational grazing through funding under the Agricultural Climate Solutions On-Farm Climate Action Fund.
Beyond research results, one of Living Lab – Atlantic’s greatest accomplishments is the collaboration between farmers and scientists 2023-08-25 With Living Lab – Atlantic now complete, participants are reflecting on the project, its approach, and its successes for farmers and researchers.
On-the-farm with On-Farm Climate Action Fund: Prince Edward Island farmer praises cover crop payoff to farmers and the environment 2023-08-23 Francis Farms receives funding under the Agricultural Climate Solutions On-Farm Climate Action Fund for cover crop practices that can help improve soil health, reduce soil erosion, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Working toward a healthier and more sustainable food system 2023-08-03 Canada’s National Pathways is the product of multiple consultations. A draft version was first published in the summer of 2022. The final document is now available, and summarizes actions that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the Food Policy for Canada.
Swallows and avian influenza: assessing transmission risk to poultry 2023-07-21 Avian influenza is a concern for poultry farmers across the country. Disease surveillance partners tested hundreds of swallows nesting around agricultural facilities in eastern Canada to understand if this species is responsible for spreading disease to farms.
Finance and manage your risk during periods of inflation 2023-07-21 Rising costs make farming more challenging. We have tools to help you with your finances, protect your investment and find a safe place to talk about debt and mental health.
How we protect crop biodiversity for climate resilience 2023-06-28 Read Canada's Country Report on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture! This report is part of a global effort to protect and use the biodiversity of crop plants and their wild relatives in the face of climate change. It helps increase food security while supporting agriculture and the environment.
Canada Brand 2023-06-26 It's more than a symbol, it's a story of our Canadian values, it evokes trust in our world-class, sustainable production systems, and it creates excitement and demand for our unique offerings.
Donation nation: AAFC Research and Development Centres across Canada leading a project to donate surplus crops 2023-06-23 AAFC Research and Development Centres realize the potential to reduce food waste by donating surplus crops to local food banks.
Budget 2023 and Canada's Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector 2023-06-14 Budget 2023 is the Government of Canada's plan to build a strong, more sustainable, and more secure Canadian economy – for everyone.
Researchers uncover biodiversity below ground 2023-03-14 Researchers have launched a groundbreaking project to map soil biodiversity in Eastern Canada, and they're looking for producers to join in.
Share your ideas through the Sustainable Agriculture Strategy Consultations 2023-03-02 Consultations on the new Sustainable Agriculture Strategy (SAS) are happening now. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) wants to hear from you!
Vietnamese consumer views of Canadian food and seafood products 2023-02-31 Understand Vietnamese consumer shopping behavior, perceptions of, and market demand for Canadian food and seafood.
An application to discover the agricultural environment of Quebec 2023-02-23 Meet Quebec's agriculture and agri-food sector with the eat local application, called Mangeons local plus que jamais! Learn about the region's producers, the proposed gourmet tours, the blog of delicious recipes and the role of AAFC research and development centres. Don't wait any longer, download it!
Growing hope: Dave Kranenburg reinvents the farmer's market to challenge food waste 2023-02-23 Before he was a farmer, he had a mind for technology. Learn how Dave Kranenburg is combining the two to end food waste and support his fellow farmers.
The new Canada Brand: your competitive edge in international markets 2023-02-22 Find out how a new set of free, digital branding tools can help you stand out from the competition on the world stage.
Taste the Commitment campaign highlights the dedication of Canadian farmers and agricultural businesses 2023-02-15 With the new Taste the Commitment campaign, Canadians will meet the people behind their food and see how they are growing a better future.
Protect your farm with AgriStability 2023-02-10 In agriculture, there are no guarantees. AgriStability is a tool that can help you manage risks and financial losses. Find out how you can plan ahead and protect your farm.
AAFC scientist wins award for outstanding beef forage research 2023-02-01 Dr. Yousef Papadopoulos was recently awarded the 2022 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. Learn more about his decades of research at AAFC.
Read about the latest AAFC science in agricultural innovations 2022-12-19 Have you heard the buzz about Canadian agricultural science? If not, you will want to read Agricultural Innovations (Volume V)., the latest update from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on what's trending in the field.
Episode 025 - Turning manure into gold 2022-12-15 "Waste is not waste. It's just misplaced resources". That is according to Rajinikanth Rajagopal and the team of researchers at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre as they work to adapt anaerobic bio digestion to a Canadian climate and livestock sector. We also speak to Mauricio Alanís, Director of Sustainability Strategy and Partnerships at Maple Leaf Foods. His company is interested in the technology and AAFC's expertise as it could all play an important role in Maple Leaf Foods' sustainability journey.
Weeding out resistance: How Dr. Jichul Bae is helping B.C. farmers manage an invasive pest 2022-12-12 Weeds might be persistent, but so is Dr. Jichul Bae. Find out how he's tailoring a weed management plan for B.C. farmers.
Helping farmers expand and innovate 2022-12-08 As a farmer, there are many reasons why you might consider taking out a loan. With the Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA) program, you can access a credit solution with low interest rates, low down payments, and flexible repayment options.
A 10-year plan for departmental agri-science 2022-11-23 With the goal of building strong, resilient agriculture and agri-food systems, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released a renewed strategy that will guide the department's science and research activities over the next decade.
Episode 024 - Modelling the future of water 2022-11-23 To predict the future of water, we have to understand the present. That's exactly what AAFC's Dr. David Lapen and Dr. Steven Frey from Aquanty Inc., are endeavoring to do. Listen in as they discuss their work on a complex, country-wide hydrological modelling tool. It is designed to help researchers, producers and decision makers anticipate water resources of tomorrow and make better, more informed decisions today. This is the Canada 1 Water project.
Canadian producer views of strategic issues in agriculture 2022-11-22 Discover and track producer attitudes and perceptions of the agriculture sector in Canada.
Trouble resolving farm debt? 2022-11-21 The Farm Debt Mediation Service offers financial counselling and mediation services to farmers. Find out if you are eligible for our free and confidential service and get the support you need to get your debt repayment back on track.
AgPal unveils new toolkit 2022-11-09 Help spread the word about AgPal – a program and service finder for farmers and agri-businesses.
Keep cold and carry on: David Long brings fresh foods to Greater Vancouver communities 2022-11-08 As the demand for fresh food increased at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, CEO David Long knew he needed to act quickly to find a solution. Find out how our Local Food Infrastructure Fund has helped him bring fresh food to those in need in his community.
Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture reach a new partnership agreement 2022-10-07 During the Annual Meeting of federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from July 20-22, 2022, Ministers reached agreement on the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The new five-year agreement takes effect April 1, 2023. It will inject $500 million in new funds into the sector, representing a 25% increase in the cost-shared portion of the partnership.
A deep dive into consumer and producer views towards sustainability in agriculture 2022-10-06 New qualitative research highlights consumer and producer views on sustainable agriculture.
Biovigilance brings together the vegetable and fruit horticultural industry in Quebec 2022-10-04 Interested in biovigilance? Immerse yourself in the engagement activity of last July 6. Also, learn more about the research projects underway at the Sainte-Clotilde Experimental Farm and at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research Centre in Quebec.
Episode 023 - Saving our organic soils 2022-08-24 40% of Quebec's fruits and vegetables are grown in the Montérégie region due to its abundantly fertile organic soils. But these soils are under threat. We speak to Jacynthe Masse, an agroecology researcher, and Denys Van Winden, a vegetable producer from Sherrington, to learn about the challenges they're facing and the experiments they're running to save these soils.
Consumer attitudes towards innovative agricultural technologies 2022-08-10 In 2016, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada undertook a study to better understand Canadians' perceptions and attitudes towards emerging agricultural technologies and their applications in the sector. The department has recently redone this study to find out where consumers stand today.
Two heads are better than one: Dr. Wade Abbott and Dr. Greta Reintjes' international collaboration creates a more sustainable future 2022-08-09 Collaboration can come from unexpected places. Just ask our scientist Dr. Wade Abbott! He was giving a lecture in Germany when he met Dr. Greta Reintjes, who was studying marine microbiology. Learn how her research methods proved invaluable in his work to improve the health of Canadian livestock.
We want to hear from you on the Next Agricultural Policy Framework 2022-08-08 Join the conversation and share your experiences and ideas for the Next Policy Framework, a five-year investment by provincial and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen and grow Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector.
The buzz on honey bees 2022-08-05 World Honey Bee Day is on August 20, 2022. Discover how busy bees play a critical role in Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector!
Living Lab – Atlantic Field Trip: Protecting water in Kensington 2022-07-26 Take a field trip around Prince Edward Island to see various Living Lab – Atlantic sites in a four-article series. You'll hear from participants and see the work they are doing to protect the environment and support sustainable agriculture.
Comparing apples to apples: Karen Burgher's fruit sensory evaluation program adapts to a virtual world 2022-07-14 Have you ever wondered what makes an apple so tasty? What about a strawberry? Our scientist Karen Burgher-MacLellan and her team are finding the answer! Learn how they are doing it here.
New plant breeding guidance from Health Canada 2022-07-13 The new guidance from Health Canada addresses the latest innovations in plant breeding under the Canadian Novel Food Regulations.
Give your business a digital boost to stay competitive 2022-07-12 Be where your customers are! Find out how to grow or expand your e-commerce presence.
Episode 022 - Agroforestry: The new-old science 2022-07-11 When agriculture meets forestry, the result can have a surprising impact on the environment, wildlife habitats, crop production, and beyond. AAFC research scientist Dr. Raju Soolanayakanahally and Kevin Boon, General Manager of the BC Cattlemen's Association, explore the roots of the long-standing practice of agroforestry, and the benefits it brings to the future of agriculture and climate change.
Living Lab – Atlantic Field Trip: Wetlands cropping up in Souris 2022-07-06 Take a field trip around Prince Edward Island to see various Living Lab – Atlantic sites in a four-article series. You'll hear from participants and see the work they are doing to protect the environment and support sustainable agriculture.
Temporary changes to Advance Payments Program to improve cash flow 2022-07-05 Exceptional circumstances have led to increased input costs like fuel and fertilizer. Changes to the Advance Payments Program can help you meet your cash flow needs sooner.
Advancing international agricultural cooperation at the G7 2022-06-30 Minister Bibeau concludes a productive trip to Germany for the annual G7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting, advancing Canada's agricultural interests regarding trade, supply chains, food security and environmental sustainability.
Episode 021 - Shedding light on food fraud 2022-06-21 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency come together in this special two-part episode on honey fraud in Canada. Hear a scientist from each organization discuss how they identify fraudulent products – and check out the CFIA's Inspect and Protect podcast for the perspective of a policy leader and a beekeeper!
A true flower child: Remembering Isabella Preston, Canada's home-grown horticulturalist 2022-06-10 She bred an array of flowers, turning her passion for gardening into a career. Read the story of how Isabella Preston rose to become Canada's first female horticulturist.
Episode 020 - Putting a rope around antimicrobial resistance in cattle 2022-05-25 When veterinarian Dr. Greg Dimmers noticed an alarming pattern of infection in beef cattle, he contacted microbiologist Dr. Tim McAllister to get some answers. Hear the two speak about their respective paths in the study of antimicrobial resistance.
Living Lab – Atlantic Field Trip: Being precise in Spring Valley 2022-05-19 Take a field trip around Prince Edward Island to see various Living Lab – Atlantic sites in a four article series. You'll hear from participants and see the work they are doing to protect the environment and support sustainable agriculture.
Budget 2022 and Canada's Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector 2022-05-18 Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable highlighted a number of investments to support Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector.
Living Lab – Atlantic Field Trip: Protecting soil in Harrington 2022-05-18 Take a field trip around Prince Edward Island to see various Living Lab – Atlantic sites in a four-article series. You'll hear from participants and see the work they are doing to protect the environment and support sustainable agriculture.
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.
Episode 019 - The Cutting Edge 2022-04-27 Have you ever wondered where companies go to develop their secret recipes and test new food processing technologies? Canadian innovators go to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's research centre in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec to develop and test new products. Listen to Sabine Ribéreau, the pilot plant manager, and Deena Alari, the research and development manager from Smuckers, as they discuss the Saint-Hyacinthe Industrial Program and how it can help get your products on grocery store shelves.
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.
Connecting Canadians with Canada's farmers 2022-04-21 Canadian agriculture has an amazing story to tell. The new AgriCommunication Initiative will help build stronger connections and awareness between Canada's farmers and consumers.
Scale homegrown technologies to reduce food waste - challenge accepted. 2022-04-12 Every year, over half of Canada's food supply is wasted, and nearly $50 billion of that wasted food is avoidable. To help reduce food waste in Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada launched the Food Waste Reduction Challenge to support new innovations and solutions across the supply chain
Seeking new members for the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council 2022-03-04 Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau invites applications for the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. This volunteer council comes together to find ways to build a vibrant future for food and farming in Canada that reflects the values and aspirations of young people from all walks of life.
Integrated Pest Management: AAFC Scientists Recognized by International Science Community 2022-03-04 Integrated pest management (IPM) is an all-encompassing holistic approach to pest management in agriculture, and AAFC researchers win awards for their role in it!
The Normandin Research Farm in Quebec looks to the future 2022-03-04 After consulting farm organizations in the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region, Agriculture and Agri Food Canada adjusted the key focuses of the Normandin Research Farm. Find out how science teams will be able to better support farming in northern areas, while developing the knowledge to support local Indigenous agriculture.
Noura Ziadi, a woman with a passion for research and people 2022-02-25 Meet Noura Ziadi, a soil research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She is one of the 7 honourees of the Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture program.
Prince Edward Island conservationist and AAFC collaborator recognized with national award 2022-02-25 Prominent conservation champion, Fred Cheverie has been working for more than 40 years to conserve wildlife and nature on Prince Edward Island. Since 2009, Fred has worked alongside Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to ensure local farmers are conscious of their efforts to preserve the environment and sustainable agriculture.
Episode 018 - Resolving soil nutrient loss and pollution in Lake Erie 2022-02-23 From buckwheat and bees to cover crops and no-till practices, we explore how Henry Denotter, a farmer on the Wigle Creek watershed, and Pamela Joosse, a soil and nutrient management specialist, worked together to reduce pollution in Lake Erie as part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Living Labs program.
Growing legumes to reduce greenhouse gases 2022-02-03 Grass pastures deteriorate over time. But farmers have options: they can take the pastures out of production, reseed them or rejuvenate them. A federal program has been helping producers discover how reseeding with legumes can not only extend a pasture's lifespan, but reduce the greenhouse gases it emits.
Glimpse into your crop's future with Canadian Crop Metrics 2022-01-27 Try out our new crop yield forecasting app that lets farmers, agronomists and market forecasters make more informed decisions through the growing season.
The Farm Management Survey is coming January 31 2022-01-27 The Farm Management Survey collects data on today's farming practices to help inform decisions on current Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada programs and policies, as well as their future development.
Agricultural Innovations During the Pandemic – Science Grows On 2022-01-27 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's dedicated team of scientists didn't let the COVID-19 pandemic slow them down. Find inspiring stories about how they continued their ground-breaking research across the country in the 2020 issue of Agricultural Innovations.
Episode 017 - Reducing greenhouse gasses with drainage systems 2022-01-26 Anything's possible when researchers and producers come together. Hear from Dr. Chandra Madramootoo of McGill University and Guy Vincent, a grain and cash crop producer, as they discuss their collaborative journey to reduce greenhouse gasses and increase crop yields.
A new initiative for greener agricultural practices 2022-01-17 The On-Farm Climate Action Fund encourages producers to take immediate action to fight climate change. See how this program will contribute to achieving our 2030 emissions-reduction targets and carbon neutrality by 2050.
AgPal – an easy-to-use program and service finder for your agricultural needs 2021-12-15 AgPal gathers agricultural information from various sources including academic, federal, provincial and territorial governments and stores it in one, easy-to-navigate website.
What's in your toolbox to help you manage farm risk and finance? 2021-12-15 Are you in need of cash advances, loans or confidential mediation for debt repayment? Learn more about some of our key farm support programs and services available to you.
Canada's Ministers of Agriculture hold annual meeting and release Guelph Statement 2021-11-25 Find out how Ministers of Agriculture established a shared vision, priorities and principles for the next agricultural policy framework and the future of the sector, and learn more about the Guelph Statement.
Potatoes are hot and cool! 2021-11-23 Did you know a potato has more potassium than a banana? Learn more about what makes potatoes exciting, including how we can combine science and potatoes, and what potato varieties are best for your dish.
Canada Grain Act review: what we heard 2021-11-23 Last winter, members of the Canadian grain sector came together to discuss updates to the Canada Grain Act. Read highlights from consultations and what they could mean for grain policy reform.
Episode 016 - Cybersecurity and agriculture 2021-11-17  Farmers and many others in our sector spend much of their time managing risk. In this episode we focus on a new risk to manage - cyber threats. Dr. Janos Botschner from the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance and Christine Beauchamp from the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security tell us some true cyber heist stories. And they share some solid advice on how we can up our cybersecurity game.
Helping Canadians in need access food 2021-11-15 The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for more Canadians to get enough food on the table. Additional funding for the Emergency Food Security Fund will help those who need it most.
Helping agri-businesses develop clean technologies 2021-11-10 The cost of creating clean agricultural technology can keep an agri-business from going green. But the Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Research and Innovation stream can help by providing financial support for research and development of clean technologies.
Episode 015 - Citizen Science 2021-10-20  Researchers cannot be everywhere at once. Laura Richard manages the Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR). This citizen science projects relies on producers all across the country to help our scientists and decision-makers to know how the weather impacts agriculture at a local scale. Trevor Atchinson is a fourth generation rancher from Pipestone MB and a second generation contributor to AIR.
Farm income is forecast to reach new heights 2021-03-26  Farm income is forecast to have set new records in 2020 and 2021 – an indication of the strong economic situation of much of agriculture, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.
Episode 014 - Mental health: UPA's work to break the stigma 2021-07-29  In this third episode on mental health, we explore the topic from the perspective of a professional agricultural association. We speak with Marcel Groleau, President of Quebec's Agricultural Producers Union (UPA), who tells us about the resources available to producer. From overcoming mental health challenges, to breaking the stigma, he shares insights into the unique programming developed in Quebec.
Get free COVID-19 rapid tests for your employees 2021-07-28 Did you know rapid tests can help identify employees who may be infected with COVID-19 but have no symptoms? Learn more about the benefits of rapid testing and find out how you can start your own screening program.
Helping feed at-risk Canadians 2021-07-27 Too many Canadians are struggling to access food. Additional funding for the Local Food Infrastructure Fund will continue to address food insecurity and strengthen our food systems.
Episode 013 - Mental health: from the farmer's perspective 2021-07-27  Cynthia Beck and her family run a cattle and grain operation in South-East Saskatchewan.  After facing her own mental health challenges and discovering a lack of resources tailored towards the agricultural sector, Cynthia decided to do something about it.  
Enjoy the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables with a tasty snack 2021-07-19 Canada's fruit and vegetables and those who grow and harvest them are resilient, overcoming shorter growing seasons and the latitudes of the north to make their way on to your plate. This year, we celebrate them!
Fields of Science – Encouraging the next generation 2021-07-12 Explore Fields of Science and discover how our scientists help get food from the field to your plate. Check out their research and the path that lead them to become an agricultural scientist.
New website address 2021-06-23 becomes, and joins the big family! This allows Canadians to have a consistent look and feel when searching for government information online.
Episode 012 - Food Waste Reduction Challenge: The Next Level 2021-06-23 Over 300 ideas were submitted to the Food Waste Reduction Challenge. Twenty-four of the best ideas were selected for funding. Now it's time to test their concepts and compete for the $1.5M grand prize. In this episode, jury member and celebrity chef, Bob Blumer, tells us about the selection process. He also shares tips on reducing food waste at home. Mohamed Yassine from Impact Canada joins the conversation to tell us what's next.
Food Waste Reduction Challenge: novel technologies put to good use 2021-06-21 Innovators can now apply with their novel technological solutions to reduce food waste.
Better Grown Together 2021-06-16 The benefits of intercropping are endless. While making the most out of your soil, intercropping allows for more diversity within your produce selection and can make better use of resources.
New programs will help supply-managed farmers 2021-06-08 An investment of more than $691 million will support innovation and growth for Canada's chicken, turkey and egg farmers.
Wetlands and Farmlands: Celebrating World Environment Day 2021-06-05 Several environment groups and conservationists, including Ducks Unlimited, are taking notice of the work by Living Lab – Atlantic partners to construct new wetlands on Prince Edward Island farms.
Food Waste Reduction Challenge: innovators advance to the semi-finals 2021-05-21 For the next 8 months, the 24 semi-finalists will put their business model solutions to the test in order to demonstrate effectiveness.
Episode 011 - Climate change and agricultural solutions 2021-05-12 Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for our times - and the impacts are especially challenging for the agricultural sector. In this episode, we talk about a science model that the Government of Canada is using to generate solutions, as well as issues related to climate change and agriculture. We hear from two generations of environmental scientists on the topic.
Increased investment to improve the recruitment and development of young agricultural workers 2021-05-05 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is doubling its budget for the Youth Employment and Skills Program in order to develop the skills of the workforce of tomorrow while meeting the considerable needs of the agri-food sector.
Budget 2021 and Canada's Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector 2021-04-28 Find out how Budget 2021's proposed investments and initiatives will impact the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.
Fast tracking the adoption of climate-smart best practices in agriculture 2021-04-27 The Agricultural Climate Solutions Program will establish a strong, Canada-wide network of regional collaboration hubs, led by farmers, that develop and share farming practices to mitigate climate change.
Raise a glass to the success of the west coast wine industry for BC Wine Month 2021-04-27 British Columbia wines are a perfect reflection of the province itself in which a significant portion of the grapes for Canada's wineries are grown. Honour your favourite west coast wine and learn some interesting facts about the lands and industry they originate from.
Everyone at the Table: Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council convenes first meeting 2021-03-30 In June 2019, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the first-ever Food Policy for Canada while visiting Montreal's Carrefour Alimentaire Centre-Sud, a community organization dedicated to improving access to healthy food for all.
Good food starts with good research! 2021-03-24 Our scientists are doing outstanding work! Check out Fields of Science to learn more about how their work contributes to the food on our plates.
Episode 010 - Mental health on the farm 2021-03-17 In this episode we speak with Dr. Briana Hagen about tailoring mental health programs to the needs of farmers. She explains how mental health in farming is fundamentally different than in other sectors. And she points toward solutions and successful programs across the country including the program called, In the Know, which she helped developed at the University of Guelph.
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.
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.
The 2021 Census of Agriculture is now faster and easier to complete 2021-02-18 Farm operators: watch for the Census of Agriculture this spring. Here's what to expect for the 2021 edition.
Episode 008 - Leading Women 2021-02-09 Minister, President, CEO: This is a very frank discussion with three women leaders in the agriculture and food sector. They talk about their experiences and the benefits of a more inclusive and diverse sector at all levels.
Helping Canadian businesses expand their export opportunities 2021-01-27 The AgriAssurance Program provides Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) with financial support to obtain the certifications needed to export to a new market.
Dr. Hao and his amazing automated greenhouse 2021-01-21 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.
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.
Episode 007 - The opportunity of food waste 2021-01-06 Is food waste really an opportunity? Denise Philippe of the National Zero Waste Council believes so. Listen to this discussion where she outlines gaps in our food system and shows us where opportunities exist. As well, learn about the new, Food Waste Reduction Challenge.
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."
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.
Episode 006 - The next generation: Who is going to produce your food tomorrow? 2020-12-14 Meet the next generation of Canadians working in agriculture and agri-food sector. Jerry Bos, a young dairy farmer and co-chair of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council, shares his vision for the future. Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau tells us why it's important to have young farmers like Jerry and the other members of the council at the decision-making table.
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.

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.
Episode 005 – Saving nutrients with novel science 2020-11-04 Christopher Garhnham and his team at the AAFC has discovered something very small that could have big impacts in the food and feed industry.
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.
Episode 001 – Farmers, innovators! And how good ideas spread 2020-09-30 Interview with Julie Dawson, a beef specialist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and who is also a sixth generation farmer. Listen in on this fascinating discussion about how much farming has and is changing, and how fast.
Episode 002 – Rapid response: Feeding Canadians during the pandemic 2020-09-30 Listen in as we shed light on an innovative and nimble collaboration that is addressing food insecurity during the pandemic.
Episode 003 – The science of reconciliation! Bridging Indigenous knowledge with agricultural science 2020-09-30 In discussion with two agents of change in the world of agricultural science, we explore a new and brilliant way forward.
Episode 004 – RADARSAT Constellation Mission - Agriculture from space 2020-10-14 Learn about the Radarsat Constellation Mission, the type of data that flows from it, its applications in agriculture and how it is used by environmental stewards to work with farmers.
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.
Budget 2019: New investments to grow Canadian agriculture 2019-04-15 Funding for Canada's first food policy, supply management sector, innovation for the food processing sector and more.
Everyone at the table: Launch of the Food Policy for Canada 2019-07-16 Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau launched the first-ever Food Policy for Canada at the Carrefour Alimentaire Centre-Sud in Montreal.
Beef Genomic Prediction Trial 2018-10-11 The Canadian beef cattle industry is working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers to produce a more efficient and environmentally sustainable herd.
Budget 2018 2018-03-16 Budget 2018 takes the next steps towards building an equal, competitive, sustainable and fair Canada - where science and innovation spur economic growth.
A Food Policy for Canada 2017-11-08 Consultations on A Food Policy for Canada have wrapped up after reaching almost 45,000 Canadians in an online survey, a national Food Policy Summit, as well as regional engagement sessions held across the country.
A Food Policy for Canada – Let's build it together 2017-07-28 Consultations on A Food Policy for Canada are now underway - the Government of Canada is asking Canadians for their views on what should be included. Complete the online survey by August 31st, 2017 and have your say!
Budget 2017 supports Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector as an important driver of economic growth 2017-05-04 Find out how Budget 2017 is investing in the success and growth of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector!