The Sprout: Bibeau tested positive for COVID-19


Have a nice day and welcome to Sprout, where we hope you all had a restful, laughing and happy holiday season. If your real tree is still basking and you don’t know what to do with it, it turns out the fir might do a delicious snack for goats. CBC News has more.

Here is the agricultural news of the day.

The head

We’re starting with a COVID-19 update. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said she had tested positive for COVID-19. In a tweet Released on Monday, Bibeau said she had tested positive for the virus “despite spending the holiday season quietly at home” and planned to work virtually while she remained in isolation.

The federal agriculture minister said she was following all public health guidelines.

“My symptoms are mild,” Bibeau tweeted before urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “I want to emphasize how important it is to get the vaccine and thank the health workers who work hard to help us get through this wave. “

In other COVID-19 related news, indoor dining is set to close in Ontario after province announced new restrictions amid a high number of COVID-19 cases. As the Ottawa Citizen reports, Ottawa restaurants say they are resigned to the fact they will likely lose more income due to the closures, with restaurateurs worried about the financial blow the latest round of restrictions could have on their staff.

Around the city

Kenneth Knox, an Ontario farmer and former Deputy Minister of Agriculture for the province, was appointed Member of the Order of Canada. has more.

Knox was not the only Order of Canada inductee with an agricultural background. The parents of the President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Mary Robinson, John and Hazel Robinson have also been named to the Order of Canada for their leadership in the farming community of Prince Edward Island. . You can read a profile of Robinson’s, courtesy of CBC News, here.

Bibeau congratulated Knox and the Robinsons on Twitter.

In data-linked releases: Statistics Canada released food services and drinking places data for October 2021 on Tuesday morning. You can find the version here.

In Canada

Prince Edward Island potato growers head into 2022 with a continuing trade ban on exports of their potatoes in the United States because of the continuing concerns of Americans about the potato wart fungus. As CBC News reports, three MPs from Prince Edward Island wrote a letter to Bibeau asking the federal government to “release immediately” the results of a recent survey by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to its American counterparts.

You can read the full letter to Bibeau from the deputies here.

The CFIA released the results of a national investigation in late December that found no evidence of a wart in 1,000 fields tested across Canada, including nearly 200 in PEI . CBC News has this story too.

You can find the full CFIA press release on the National Wart Scabies Investigation here.

Moving to the West Coast, residents of British Columbia’s Sumas Prairie area (a major agricultural center) filed a class action lawsuit alleging the province failed to properly warn people of the impending flood disaster, which limited the ability of residents to save their property. Global News has more.

Meanwhile, The Canadian Press examines how BC farmers have been deal with extreme weather conditions – from thermal domes to flooding to freezing temperatures – which affected their operations in 2021.

Manitoba Farm Days have been reported after the province introduced new capacity restrictions in response to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. As Real Agriculture reports, the farm show was scheduled to take place Jan. 18-20 after being canceled last year.

And CBC News examines how dairy prices in Ontario are about to increase in 2022.


The Biden administration has unveiled his plan to tackle the market power of giant conglomerates in the country’s poultry and meat processing sector. As Bloomberg reports, US President Joe Biden has vowed to “fight for fairer prices” for consumers and producers, with the administration noting that four major meat packers currently control about 85% of the beef market.

“Capitalism without competition is not capitalism, it is exploitation,” Biden said on Monday. “This is what we see in meat and poultry. As CNN reports, the plan includes a $ 1 billion investment to stimulate competition within the sector.

You can read a backgrounder on the Biden administration plan released by the White House. here.

Also from Bloomberg: How the Port of Oakland plans to open a new container yard to help facilitate shipping currently affecting exporters of agricultural products.

And, Modern Farmer shares the stories LGBTQ + farmers that are helping to reinvent American agriculture.


the kick

Today we end with a story that warmed our hearts on this cold winter day. Two Abbotsford dairy farmers are collecting gift cards to help flood-affected families buy warm clothes, groceries and other needed supplies. CBC News has this story.

Until tomorrow.

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