Wheat, Barley Growers Call on Gov. to Prioritize Ag Input Shipments

- Barley field at dusk

As borders close and priorities shift in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission are calling on the government to prioritize agricultural input shipments, the groups say in a release.

“Delivery of medical and food supplies is currently prioritized, next to this should be the delivery of agricultural inputs (fertilizer, seed and crop protection products) to ensure that farmers can provide the necessary raw materials to the food system,” the release says.

Seeding is nearing and farmers will need a steady supply of agricultural inputs to be able to plant and provide a safe supply of food, the release says.

The groups are paying close attention to the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds and say they are committed to monitoring the potential impact on farmers and their operations. They are aware retailers, grain companies, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation and other service providers have adopted a wide range of protocols to protect their workers and their clients, and urge farmers to check with businesses for more information.

For more on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Alberta farms check out the release.

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