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COVID 19 updates and resources

Published on 03.27.2020 by

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The story of COVID-19 and its global impact continues to unfold, and we continue to try to adjust to a new normal, while at the same time, know the situation continues to change.

That’s why we’ve compiled some of the most useful and practical resources and magazine articles here for your quick reference.

Business

COVID-19 wage subsidy FAQ

The Canada Revenue Agency has now released a more detailed breakdown of who is eligible and how the subsidy will be implemented.

Government of Canada

Four key considerations for Canadian businesses

Several resources are available for small and medium-sized businesses, outlining considerations for employees, businesses, business travel and events and business in international markets.

What does social distancing really mean?

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Here are some details, and alternatives, to sharing space and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

An extensive list of resources has been compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Canadian Federation of Agriculture COVID-19 surveys

The CFA is conducting weekly membership surveys about the pandemic and how farmers are responding and dealing with the current situation.

Mental Health

COVID-19 and mental health

This is a very stressful time for individuals and communities. It’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety. It’s also very common for people to display a great resiliency during times of crisis.

Pandemic pushing your anxiety buttons?

Anxiety is a common reaction to uncertainty and things that may harm us. For many of us, the coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness make for a very uncertain future. It’s important to be kind to yourself.

Anxious about coronavirus? Try these 7 science-backed coping strategies

Anxiety related to the COVID-19 outbreak is on the rise. Tolerating uncertainty and tackling the anxiety paradox are two science-based approaches to help manage fears.

Leadership

Ways to show true leadership during a crisis

A crisis like the current COVID-19 pandemic is a time when you can show up as a leader and exhibit your company's values. It's all in how you communicate.

"We don't move the cattle out on a certain time period, but at a certain plant growth height," Finn says. He adds if grassland is grazed too hard, it will take longer to regrow.

Variabilities to consider

Steve Kenyon, owner of Greener Pastures Ranching near Westlock, Alta., says it's important to recognize that no two years are the same. The weather, animals and their needs are always changing. It’s also important to always be working on grazing practices.

"Do some good rotational grazing, manage for the grazing concepts, understand the principles behind that," Kenyon says.

A thought that is echoed by Sean McGrath, who farms near Vermillion, Alta. He says farmers should constantly be monitoring the production, forage quality and soil health so they can build on previous year's successes and learn from failures.

Bottom line

Grazing experts say farmers should always be thinking ahead when it comes to grasslands. Avoid over-grazing and give grass time to replenish before putting cattle back on it. Replenished grassland has deeper roots and gathers more nutrients and water, building resilience for drier years.

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