A relatively strong handling of the pandemic helped bolster Trudeau’s fortunes, leading to the current Liberal gamble that he had built enough political capital to once again reach majority status. | Reuters photo

Liberals’ once promising prospects appear to be dwindling

As another federal election winds down, it’s discouraging to see so many Canadians once again disgruntled with their options, but I can’t blame them. Leading into this election, the governing Liberals had spent much of the political capital they earned following their 2015 victory. Optimism over electoral reform and climate change action, for example, was […] Read more

The Sept. 9 debate, hosted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, had plenty of discussion about climate change and how best to support producers in a changing environment. | Screencap via YouTube/Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Support for farmers focus of ag debate

An agricultural debate ahead of the federal election gave representatives from political parties an opportunity to pitch their ideas to producers, resulting in debate over how best to support farmers. The Sept. 9 debate, hosted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, had plenty of discussion about climate change and how best to support producers in […] Read more

Farmers might want to ask themselves, what has the Conservative party done for them lately? On issues such as carbon pricing, the Conservatives now support the policy and any continued farmer opposition will fall on sympathetic, but mostly deaf, ears. | File photo

Producers urged to question their devotion to Conservatives

Producers on the Prairies are expected to once again support the Conservative Party of Canada . Polling suggests the Conservative vote share could be on the rise, and there is a chance the party sweeps all the seats in Saskatchewan again, this time with a higher share of the vote than in 2019. We’ve seen […] Read more


The most intriguing question in this election might be how the parties decide to frame discussion around the next Agricultural Policy Framework. | Jeannette Greaves photo

Platforms reveal few major differences on ag

Election ’21: The political parties are divided more on cultural issues such as gun control than they are on policy files

As is the case with modern day elections, agriculture is not expected to feature heavily in the political debates being had in advance of Canada’s upcoming vote. Since taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had plenty of opportunity to demonstrate to farmers his version of the Liberal party can be one that […] Read more

There is a general acceptance among political watchers that Conservatives understand the needs and wants of rural Canada better than their Liberal counterparts. | File photo

Election platforms reveal few ag differences

As is the case with modern day elections, agriculture is not expected to feature heavily in the political debates being had in advance of Canada’s upcoming vote. Since taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had plenty of opportunity to demonstrate to farmers his version of the Liberal party can be one that […] Read more


The most potential for mitigating emissions from agriculture can be found in soil carbon sequestration (or carbon sinks). The IPCC estimates about 89 percent of mitigation potential can be achieved through this.
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Canadian farmers already familiar with many climate solutions

A new, particularly stark warning about climate change shows Canadian agriculture could be a lighthouse to other nations trying to mitigate greenhouse gasses. Word that global warming is “widespread, rapid and intensifying” has likely spread across the country by now. Yet another report, this one from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), […] Read more

Disasters, like droughts and pandemics, can force competing factions to work together. The minor changes recently announced to AgriStability once again prove this can be the case, but further co-operation on the file isn’t likely. | File photo

Prairies continue to balk at program improvements

A drought forced the federal and Saskatchewan governments to reach an agreement on AgriStability, but is it a sign of what’s to come? Near the start of August, the two governments agreed to allow Saskatchewan producers early access to the 2021 payments they are entitled to. Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatachewan’s David Marit […] Read more

Interest in a code of conduct for the retail food sector has been prompted by an increasing number of fees that the industry has been levying on suppliers.  |  File photo

Retailer code of conduct looms

A report from a federal-provincial working group says the retail sector has levied an increasing number of fees on suppliers and is proposing the formation of a code of conduct as a potential solution. Canada’s agriculture ministers are now calling on industry to lead the process. They had formed the working group to study the […] Read more


Many countries participating in the recent pre-summit discussed climate change as a concern when addressing delegates.  |  File photo

Climate change concerns prominent at UN Food Systems pre-summit

Attendees of a recent United Nations event hint that a heightened focus on agriculture and climate change is coming. Held in Rome as well as virtually, the UN Food System Pre-Summit acted as a precursor to the main event scheduled in September. Simply put, the objective of attendees is to launch new strategies to help […] Read more

Drought aid includes tax deferral, AgriRecovery

Ottawa also trying to adjust the AgriInsurance program so that drought-damaged crops can be made available for feed

As the federal government looks to manage impacts of ongoing drought conditions, livestock producers in regions of five provinces are now eligible for a tax deferral program. Minister of Agriculture Marie Claude Bibeau announced last week that producers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario would be eligible for support. “At times like this […] Read more