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(File) Press Release: Senator Rob Black Highlights National Soil Conservation Week 2020

Fergus, Ontario, April 23, 2020 – With the Senate of Canada not sitting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Honourable Rob Black was unable to deliver a statement on National Soil Conservation Week in the Senate Chamber.  However, Senator Black, who has been discussing the need for a soil health study in the Senate for over 14 months, would like to share his statement and highlight the importance of Canadian soils:

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(File) Opinion: We must keep supporting our agri-food sector through this time of crisis

In these past weeks, life has changed dramatically for all Canadians because of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are staying home, limiting social interactions, and unfortunately, many have lost money, jobs, and even loved ones.

While some sectors are experiencing a slower or suspended period, agriculture is not. Regardless of anything else going on, we still need to eat and, therefore, the agricultural industry still needs to function – and function well!

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(File) Opinion: Removing barriers to interprovincial trade could have enormous benefits for Canada’s value-added food sector

Since this year’s federal election, Canadians have been engaging in important discussions regarding inter-governmental relations. Perhaps unexpectedly, these discussions tie into recent work done by the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (AGFO). Canada is a diverse country with an excellent reputation for the food we produce; each province has wonderful agricultural products to brag about – Alberta beef, Saskatchewan canola, and PEI potatoes, to name a few. However, Canada’s interprovincial trade has been impeded for decades.

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