Thursday, February 16, 2017

National Agricultural Day

Today is Canada’s Agriculture Day and with it comes an opportunity to get involved, celebrate and be a part of the conversation about food and farming. This year is the first time the industry has dedicated a day to celebrating agriculture nationwide. Every link in the food production chain – from the farm to the grocery store and restaurant – plays a vital role in bringing food to your table every day. Across the country numerous Canadian farmers, businesses and groups had the date on their calendars and were listing the ways they planned to mark the day.

Canada’s Agriculture Day follows a week after the release of 2016 Canada Census population data showing the intense urbanization of the population, with Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver now home to one-third of all Canadians (12.5 million). Less than three per cent of the Canadian population today have any link to agriculture today — in the 1930s more than 90 per cent of the population did.

It’s all about showing our love, pride and passion for an industry that puts food on our tables,” Hill said. We want to give everyone the opportunity to have a voice in the conversation and celebrate the industry that feeds the world.

An often overlooked area of potential for newcomers to Canada, CFN is currently in the process of creating an employment training program for immigrants that addresses the shortfall of 26,000 employees in the Canadian agriculture market. Partnering with employers in the agriculture industry and receiving support from the MLA for Olds, CFN are exploring a potential partnership with Olds College to implement this program. This initiative is designed to match agricultural workers who have arrived in Canada, with suitable work here in the Calgary Area. CBC News Radio talked about the importance and practicality of such an initiative to CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen. To hear the story in its entirely simply CLICK HERE. 

From all of us here at CFN, a huge thank you to everyone within and attached to the agricultural industry. Happy Agricultural Day!

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