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Meet the International Workers: Moses & Margarito

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Moses and Margarito are two brothers who now work together on the same farm. However, this hasn’t always been possible. You see, Margarito cannot speak or hear. On a farm where teamwork and communication are so important, such a disability could be a show-stopper.   Several years ago, Moses was working as an international farm…

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UofG internship pilot program seeks agri-food employers

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Are you an employer in the Food and Agriculture sector? Become an industry partner with the University of Guelph! The Flexible Internship Program is an innovative pilot program, which is comprised of an upper-year university credit course designed to teach job relevant skills and an internship with an industry partner. Visit the UofG website for…

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Prime Minister appoints new CFIA President

Siddika Mithani

Dr. Siddika Mithani has been appointed President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, effective February 27, 2019. CHC works closely with the CFIA on a number of issues, including the Canadian Plant Health Council, the Plant Health Network, food safety (including recalls), and ensuring that the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations are implemented as smoothly…

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New video: An essential workforce


We have just published our eighth video in our awareness campaign in celebration of international farm workers. View video Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Video description An apple grower from B.C. talks about how important his workers are to him. He has developed a real bond with them because they live close to each other and…

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Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers have a new Chair and Vice Chair

Bill George

Grape grower Bill George Jr. was elected as the new Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) at the organization’s 160th annual general meeting on February 19, 2019 after serving two years in the Vice Chair position. He takes over the role from greenhouse grower Jan VanderHout, who became Chair in 2017.…

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Government announces $50.3 million in funding to address emerging agricultural issues and capitalize on opportunities

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On February 12, 2019 Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced the new Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP), an investment of $50.3 million over five years. CASPP is a $10 million per year program of non-repayable contribution funding. The program succeeds the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program that ended in March 2019. Funding available…

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Meet the International Workers: Felix Guzman Acosta


For Felix, being an international farm worker in Canada has been a life-changing experience for his entire family. He’s been coming to Canada to work for 28 years; the last 14 years have been in Leamington, Ontario. “I’ve worked with a lot of different crops, people and had the privilege to live with workers who…

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