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Mushroom farmers riding an "ugly dragon" as pandemic hits supply chain

Mushroom farmers riding an "ugly dragon" as pandemic hits supply chain

“The majority of what we sell gets picked, packed and shipped within the same day ... there is no ability to weather challenging times and difficult storms by building inventory,” Hamer said.
Alberta dairy farmers pare back milk production

Alberta dairy farmers pare back milk production

The cut helped even out an oversupply of milk that was forcing some farmers to dump their milk for lack of anywhere to send it.
Baking and big breakfasts help egg farmers through pandemic

Baking and big breakfasts help egg farmers through pandemic

After restaurants closed, Sturgeon County egg farmer Paul Wurz immediately began fielding calls from grocery stores as far away as Slave Lake who were seeing an uptick in demand for eggs.
Chicken farmers adapt to pandemic with lower quotas

Chicken farmers adapt to pandemic with lower quotas

Cutting their spring and summer quotas means farmers can give processing plants some more breathing room.
Alberta cow-calf farmers harried by backlogs brought on by COVID-19

Alberta cow-calf farmers harried by backlogs brought on by COVID-19

'I think we are in a little bit of trouble,' said Chris Sloan, who runs a large cow-calf operation north of St. Paul.
Potato farmers facing mental, financial stress from production cuts

Potato farmers facing mental, financial stress from production cuts

“I’m worried about the growers, the families – the mental stress and the mental strain on the family farms. It’s hard on the spouse, it’s hard on the kids, it’s hard on the workers. That’s where the untold story is – the mental stress and the financial stress on these family farms,” Hochstein said.
Some pork farmers operating at a loss due to COVID-19

Some pork farmers operating at a loss due to COVID-19

“This is as bad as we’ve seen it,” said Alberta pork farmer Jurgen Preugschas.
Alberta farmers struggle to find footing amid pandemic

Alberta farmers struggle to find footing amid pandemic

“Generally consumers don't get impacted at all. It's the farmers that really take the brunt," said Jim Vercammen, a food supply economist at the University of British Columbia.