b'Foundation, a mental health support network for Canadian farmers, which has had an uptick in farmers reaching out since COVID-19 set in.In addition, the canola industry has crush plants to deal withThe future, particularly for our and Toma admits he was initially worried the pandemic mayAGM and grower meetings, interrupt supply chains like it did with packing plants. Luckily for his members, it never materialized. the technology and cost (Crush plants) dont have a high mass of people in thatdropped to the point that we confined space, he says. Its very much industrial type presses and processes that are run with machines. While there aremight be able to stream them people there, theyre not shoulder to shoulder. online and bring a whole new Aside from hearing smaller issues related to members being asked to not come into the grading room during a grain delivery,demographic to the meetings. Toma says the year, farming-wise, has been relatively normal.Ward TomaThe food production and farm system handled it fairly well, he says. And while Canolas farm meetings are all online, Toma is actually excited as he wants to engage a demographic that never went to meetings. week mandatory quarantine period compounded many issues. The future, particularly for our AGM and grower meetings,The federal government has pledged more than $100 the technology and cost dropped to the point that we might bemillion to date to support farms that utilize temporary foreign able to stream them online and bring a whole new demographicworkers (TFWs) and help with safety protocol implementation to the meetings, he says. since April 2020 in various ways, including the extension of its Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Temporary Foreign Workers Workers Program until Nov. 30, 2020. Alberta has a very small With border closures, Canadian farm managers scrambledpercentage of the countrys TFWs and provincially it was a when it came to securing foreign labour. Issues around labourminor issue.shortages in spring were top of mind for many and the two-Trevor BacqueHOW MUCH SEED CAN A SEED CHECK SEED TECH CHECK?Seed testing experts in purity, germination, vigour and seed health.YOUR SEED LAB1\x1f866\x1f980\x1f8324 OFFICE\x1eSEEDCHECK.NET SEEDCHECK.NET LIKE US ONSpring 2021 11'