Beef Australia 2021 saw metaphorical shots fired between meat producers and supporters of plant-based alternatives, and the controversy continues as the Australian Senate holds an inquiry on whether plant-based products can use the term “meat,” reports Business Insider Australia.
Prairie farmers are being tempted to grow more canola in response to growing demand, but shortening their crop rotations risks increasing diseases, weeds, and insects, Brittany Hennig of Alberta Canola told Alberta Farmer Express.
The Information and Communications Technology Council is inviting agri-food businesses to participate in the Agri-Food Tech Labour Market Survey to better understand the labour market implications of technology in Canada’s agri-food sector. It is open until July 30.
The Smart Agriculture and Food Digitalization and Automation Challenge from Alberta Innovates is providing up to $500,000 to projects that develop or advance smart technologies to improve Alberta’s agri-food commodities. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is Aug. 13.
The UFA Rural Communities Foundation will award grants of $10,000 to $100,000 to charities, non-profit organizations, or community service co-operatives for projects that support recreational, educational, and cultural facilities and programs. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31, and recipients will be announced in October.
Agriculture education program providers can apply for the Youth Agriculture Education Program, which provides up to $200,000 per project per year to develop or expand education programs for youth between kindergarten and Grade 12.
The Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF) is giving $2.5 million to agrifood investment platform SVG Ventures|THRIVE so that the Silicon Valley-based company can set up a Canadian headquarters in Calgary. OCIF’s board chair said the investment will help foster Canada’s “agrifood tech renaissance.”