Producers have come a long way since Old McDonald toiled on the farm. He retired a long time ago, says the author.  |  Robin Booker photo

Ag must celebrate modern farming

Most farmers are reluctant to talk about modern agriculture. Our own industry advertisements promote the image of a farm with a faded red barn and a few chickens running about in a pastoral setting. That is not modern agriculture and we need to stop letting agriculture be portrayed this way. It is not hard to […] Read more

The collective effort on transportation is one example of the power of co-operation with agricultural value chains.  |  File photo

Harnessing the power of co-operation

There is a common adage in agriculture: “wheat is 14 percent protein and 86 percent politics.” This was often applied in the era of debates over marketing, but it still fits today on many issues in agriculture. This is unfortunate and it comes at a cost. When governments in Canada receive different and conflicting policy […] Read more

Deviating from an evidence-based approach, such as banning or limiting pesticides that have been shown to be safe or limiting the use of modern biotechnology, will limit the tools available to farmers.  |  File photo

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


Science must be an open and transparent process that is willing to review research that might not support current beliefs.  |  File photo

Real science willing to correct mistakes

I likely can’t count the number of times I have spoken or written the words science-based. It is a mantra of sorts. And for good reason. Technology is the most important competitive advantage for Canadian agriculture. This is how we are going to compete with emerging exporters and key international competitors. The alternative to science-based […] Read more

Health Canada regulators assess food hazards and risks through science-based assessments.  |  File photo

Hazard, risk study helps combat food fear

Should genetically modified products be labelled? Is organic healthier? Does glyphosate cause cancer? Do you put your kids at risk if you feed them meat or is the cave-man diet the way to go? All of these questions, and a few conspiracy theories, flood Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools. Celebrities are using “food […] Read more


Modern farming has brought us a sustainable and plentiful supply of food. It’s a story that farmers need to tell.  |  File photo

Agriculture should be seen as positive

There are some organizations that don’t like modern agriculture. I really don’t understand why. My personal hero is Dr. Norman Borlaug, who led the green revolution, which lifted millions of people out of poverty and provided food for millions more who would have otherwise starved. The green revolution and the many innovations that have followed […] Read more

There’s no need to panic over the new protectionist mood in the United States, but we can’t be complacent either, says ag industry official.  |  File photo

The new reality: Trump and anti-trade

There have been a lot of questions about trade since the U.S. election. Donald Trump, the new president, promised to take the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and he did just that with his first executive order. Recently, Trump has promised to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement, causing exporters in Canada […] Read more

Canada’s cereal industry uses the new crop missions program to maintain and expand exports.  |  File photo

Canadian ag missions provide value

The Canadian cereals industry is united in reaching out to international customers. The 2016 Canadian Wheat New Crop Missions ran for seven weeks from the beginning of November to mid-December. The sessions kicked off Nov. 10 with a seminar for Canadian millers, the largest buyer of Canadian wheat. The missions are expected to reach customers […] Read more


Application of glyphosate will result in absorption and increased residue levels if seed moisture is 30% or higher. | File photo

Keep customer in mind when combining

Warren Buffet once quipped, “it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” This is something worth thinking about as we start to prepare for harvest. Canada has a strong reputation for consistently delivering safe, high-quality grain to our customers both […] Read more

Strategic research involves collaboration with farmers, marketers, shippers and end users.  |  File photo

Getting our research priorities right

Saskatoon recently hosted a meeting of some of the most important minds in Canadian wheat research. A workshop was held that included public and private researchers from across Canada, farmers from coast to coast and Canadian exporters. Our goal was to move forward on the development of key priorities for Canadian wheat research. Why is […] Read more