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What Canadian agriculture stands for

It has been said that organizations are best defined by what they oppose versus what they support. That seems too cynical a view of the world. I want to talk about what we stand for. Canadian agriculture stands for science-based regulations and rules of trade. Farmers across this country depend on access to international markets […] Read more


Good information about bad stuff

Good information right at the time of large-scale tragedy can be hard to find. The right information is even tougher. The loss of 16 people in a rural automobile accident is a hard thing to report on. Some of our readers have wondered why we haven’t been, other than in our shared grief that appears […] Read more


Intercropping still faces unanswered questions

Many producers, myself included, are intrigued by the concept of intercropping — growing two crops together and separating the seeds after harvest. Interest is at an all-time high, but it’s tough to predict whether the practice will ever command a significant acreage. Some crops, such as chickpeas and flax, would seem to have natural synergies. […] Read more



MPs resume session with tributes to Sask. hockey tragedy

A lone hockey stick, taped with maple leaf embossed hockey tape, leaned outside the main doors of the House of Commons April 16 as MPs returned to Ottawa after a two-week break. Inside, politicians of all stripes sported jerseys of all colours, shapes and sizes in silent tribute to those who died or were injured […] Read more


Despite early hiccups, TB investigation did the job

With the investigation into 2016’s bovine tuberculosis outbreak in Alberta finally over, it’s important to stress what was learned from one of the most complex investigations the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has ever conducted. The discovery of one infected cow by a U.S. slaughter facility in September 2016 launched a process that would see 58 […] Read more



Letters to the editor – April 19, 2018

B.C. saving us from bad oil British Columbia is standing up for all of us. If the Kinder Morgan Pipeline gets expanded, oil tanker traffic will increase by seven times in the waters off Vancouver in the Georgia Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. That beautiful coastal area and its waters will be […] Read more


Alta. land use plan called a good step

A cynic might observe that we plan more but accomplish less, or, as Woody Allen commented, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Yet, a goal without a plan is just a wish so, if we want our public lands to conserve water, protect fish and wildlife, provide space for […] Read more


Producer channels inner beaver to keep water on his farm

As a keystone species in North America, the beaver is so much more than just a hat with legs. It is indisputably one of the most important and influential species, responsible not only for biodiverse ecosystems, but also for drought prevention. Takota Coen, a fourth-generation farmer, educator, and carpenter, has been channelling his inner beaver […] Read more



Measuring financial performance starts with budgeting

Analyzing and managing financial performance can be both simple and complex, depending on what you’re trying to understand about it. In it’s most simple terms, financial performance can be defined as sustained positive cash flow. Positive cash flow comes from the profit being generated by the farm business, and that’s where the complexity comes in. […] Read more


Possible rail strike adds to Liberal headaches

A pending Canadian Pacific Railway strike could pose problems for the Trudeau government in light of an ongoing grain backlog in Western Canada. Conductors and locomotive workers have voted 94 percent in favour of going on strike. This authorization means up to 3,000 workers could walk off the job as early as April 21. The […] Read more