Le budget fédéral dévoilé mardi prévoit un « rabais pour l'épicerie » sous forme d'aide ponctuelle pour aider les citoyens à composer avec l'inflation. Cette mesure de 2,5 milliards de dollars, qui profitera à 11 millions de personnes, pourra atteindre 467 $ par an pour un couple avec deux enfants.

L'économiste Pascal Thériault, chargé de cours au département des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'environnement de l'université McGill, n'est pas convaincu de l'efficacité d'une telle mesure.

Classified as: Pascal Thériault
Published on: 3 Apr 2023

Dairy processor Agropur continues to refocus its activities. After selling its interests in IÖGO yogurts two years ago, in December it sold a Wisconsin-based plant used to manufacture dairy and non-dairy ingredient blends. The sale price was not disclosed.

Classified as: Pascal Thériault, agropur, dairy industry
Published on: 13 Jan 2023

Food prices have increased by 11% in Quebec in 2022, the largest increase in Canada. In an annual report released on Monday, 26 researchers predict that the upward trend will continue into 2023, but will be less marked. Price increases in Québec in 2023 should be below the national average, around 5%.

Classified as: Pascal Thériault
Published on: 7 Dec 2022

Congrats to FMT students Diego Occhicone and Rami Sader, FMT’22, who had a successful season in their new venture, the Ferme des Paniers market garden. The pair who met at Macdonald during their studies, sell their produce through subscription baskets and at local markets.

Published on: 17 Nov 2022

L'Épicerie recently featured Rosemarie Allen (B.Sc.(AgEnvSc)’12) and Jacob Morin (FMT’11) of Ferme Le Paysan Gourmand in Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey who participate in an on-farm program to reduce food waste. The episode follows Meilleur Après volunteers who harvest produce that would have remained in the field. Produce harvested is then shared between the participants, the producer and Meilleur Après – who in turn redistribute the produce to organizations in the region or transform it into products that are then sold to finance operations.

Classified as: food & sustainability
Published on: 20 Oct 2022

Hydroponic strawberry growers and Co-founders of Vertité, Ophelia Sarakinis (FMT’19) and Phillip Rosenbaum (B.Sc.(AgEnvSc)’19, MSc.’21) and their partners have just won the first phase of the Homegrown Innovation Challenge, a “six-year, $33-million initiative from the Weston Family Foundation to future-proof food production in Canada.”

Classified as: Shangpeng Sun, Mark Lefsrud, Benjamin Goldstein, homegrown innovation challenge
Published on: 20 Oct 2022

On Friday, June 3rd, Joe Harrel accepted his Farm Management and Technology (FMT) diploma during Spring 2022 Convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Unlike many members of the Class of 2022, however, Harrel will not be seeking employment upon graduation. Truth of the matter is, he is already gainfully employed.

“I own the Speedy Auto Service and the Novus Glass in Kirkland with my partner Andy Arbuckle, and I own and operate Optimum Business Brokers as well,” says Harrel, who was also selected valedictorian by his classmates.

Classified as: Convocation, valedictorian
Published on: 23 Jun 2022

Lachlan, FMT‘22, Ross, FMT’23 and Gavin McDonald, FMT’24, have a long family history with Macdonald. The brothers grew up on Kerrydale Farms established by their ancestor Donald McGillis, an immigrant from the Scottish Highlands, who arrived by canoe on the banks of the Raisin River in Williamstown, Ontario in 1784. Over the next two centuries, the McGillis family grew Kerrydale Farms into a successful operation that is now in the hands of brothers William “Bill” McDonald, FMT’97, and Thomas “Tom,” DipAgr’93 – father to Lachlan, Ross and Gavin. 

Published on: 23 Jun 2022

Paul Meldrum is no doubt a busy man. From establishing a dairy farm from the ground up to working as an agricultural journalist with CBC and CTV, he has been involved in both telling the stories and improving the mechanics of our food systems.

Classified as: Paul Meldrum, Sustainability
Published on: 10 Mar 2022

In 2020, Quebecers spent more than $1.78 billion on frozen and ready-to-eat meals in grocery stores, but how will the rising cost of inflation impact the price of these convenient ready-made meals?

Classified as: Pascal Thériault
Published on: 2 Mar 2022

Congratulations to Farm Management and Technology’s Caitlin MacDougall who has been named Quebec 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year. Caitlin is currently on educational leave pursuing a Global MBA Candidate at EDHEC Business School in France.

Read the full announcement at 4-H Canada.

Classified as: Caitlin MacDougall, Awards
Published on: 23 Feb 2022

Congratulations to Maxime Leduc, BSc(AgEnvSc)’12, a self-employed consultant in forage systems and Farm Management and Technology Program Lecturer, who has been awarded the Prix Jeune Agronome from l’Ordre des Agronomes du Quebec for his exceptional contributions to Quebec agriculture. Earlier this year Maxime received the Macdonald Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Classified as: Maxime Leduc, Ordre des Agronomes du Quebec, agrology
Published on: 24 Jan 2022

McGill alumnus Marc-André Isabelle (Dip.FMT, BEng. Bioresource) is a course lecturer in the Farm Management & Technology program. The Isabelle farm in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, has evolved and expanded throughout the years, from dairy to strawberries to produce, and most recently launching FestiFleurs, a popular pick-your-own bouquet event.

Classified as: isabelle, farming, alumni
Published on: 4 Aug 2021

Women make up more than 50 per cent of the graduating cohort for first time in program history.

Convocation is a special time and an important milestone in the lives of graduating students. Today’s virtual Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences enjoyed a milestone of a more collective fashion, however.

For the very first time, the graduating cohort from the Farm Management and Technology Program (FMT) was made up of more than 50 per cent women.

Classified as: Kahshennoktha Deer, Sara Bohemen, Lydia Roy, FMT
Published on: 15 Jun 2021

Même si le consommateur est de plus en plus sensibilisé à l’enjeu du gaspillage alimentaire, l’achat de légumes moches demeure un marché de niche au Québec. Pourtant, quand on abandonne un légume laid à la ferme, on ne jette pas seulement une denrée, on gaspille toutes les ressources naturelles et la main-d’œuvre nécessaires pour la produire.

...Pour l’économiste agricole Pascal Thériault, qui enseigne à la faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’environnement de l’Université McGill, il est difficile de pointer un seul coupable.

Classified as: Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security, food wstage, gaspillage alimentaire
Published on: 5 Oct 2020


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