Site C decision rewards renegades

Hydroelectric dam in its early stages on the Peace River

When British Columbia’s new government was sworn in last spring, many people hoped for a renewed respect for treaty rights and First Nation communities. The promise to have the B.C. Utility Commission report on the construction plans of Site C was encouraging. When the report was issued in October, there were even more reasons to […] Read more


Commodity groups abound, but system works

Western Canada has an array of commissions, boards and councils representing all the crops we grow. Not surprisingly, there are always changes afoot in this complicated jigsaw puzzle. Many producers wonder why we have so many organizations and what exactly they all accomplish. The way legislation works in Canada, it’s very difficult to establish multi-province […] Read more


Farms are where the money is

Like farmers who need more and more land from which to draw their incomes, grain traders are also feeling the pinch of the currently low commodity prices. There is less room in a low-priced bushel than a higher one from which to wiggle grain business profits as the major commodities remain under pressure from over-supply. […] Read more



Richardson pulling out of oilseed councils regrettable

Richardson International’s decision to withdraw from the three oilseed councils — canola, flax and soybeans — is regrettable. Aside from the Winnipeg-based grain company’s participation in establishing the strategic initiatives of these organizations, it’s withdrawing about $1 million in funding, most of which went to the Canola Council of Canada. It is hoped that other […] Read more


Canada’s trade prospects becoming increasingly precarious

It’s a pinnacle time for the Canadian trade file. The North American Free Trade Agreement remains in jeopardy — a situation, it’s safe to say, few expected that Canada, the United States and Mexico would be embroiled in a year ago. It’s no secret that the future of the trade deal continues to be uncertain. An […] Read more



Farmers: If you love TPP, get out and get loud

Because the opponents are likely to declare holy war on it

There’s no way the government would back out of its newly announced support for the re-engineered Trans Pacific Partnership, right? No way at all! That’d be humiliating. That’d be like announcing major small business tax changes and then have to painfully back out of them in the face of outrage and denunciation . . . […] Read more


Loblaw, Weston bake the numbers, burn consumers in price-fix scandal

Most Canadians were stunned and dismayed to learn that the country’s leading grocer was caught in a price-fixing scheme with bread-maker George Weston Ltd., which is owned by the same company. The scheme lasted from 2001 to 2015. As a result, Loblaw Companies Ltd. fired several people and gave $25 gift certificates to millions of […] Read more


Number of female farmers has risen in Canada since 2011

At Lazy T Farm, a holistic cattle ranch near Halkirk, Alta., and a short drive from my own family farm, the future really is female. Jenna Hauck and her mother, Clara Nibourg, represent the fourth and fifth generations of women in Nibourg’s family to take over the farm. With that kind of history — a […] Read more



Top stories of 2017

At the end of each year, we like to share with readers the most popular online stories from the previous 12 months. This gives us an indication of what people like to see, and readers can take the measure of what fellow farmers like to read. So here are 2017’s top stories: 10. Grain bag […] Read more


Crop budget numbers can be misleading

Beware the numbers used when comparing cropping options. Various government and private players get into the game, and this is the time of year when those estimates garner the most attention. Unfortunately, questionable assumptions skew the results. The Saskatchewan agriculture ministry recently released its Crop Planning Guide for 2018. A lot of thought and work […] Read more