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Agriculture sector scrambling to offset consequences of COVID-19 crisis

Reference: CTV News

CALGARY -- Canada's agriculture sector is warning of higher prices and potential food shortages if it it isn't designated an essential service and allowed to do business as usual during the COVID-19 crisis.

Already people worried about food staples have emptied some grocery store shelves, although governments have all said supplies are secure.

"We're in unknown territory. We have concerns about potential problems," said Todd Hames, president of the Alberta Wheat Commission. "That's why we need to have governments recognize that farming is an essential service supplying food for the world."

Hames, who has a grain farm near Marwayne in east-central Alberta, said railways, the Port of Vancouver and companies that supply fuel and farm implements also need to remain open with spring seeding only weeks away.

It's especially important since there have been delays in getting grain to market due to strikes and rail blockades, he said... Read More