CETA will challenge Canadian traders

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union is on track for implementation in 2017, a decade since leaders first began discussions. So now what? On March 31, The Western Producer finished a three-part series on CETA, assembled by a team of reporters from Glacier FarmMedia publications. The series explores the […] Read more

Manitoba farmer slides into curling rink job

WASKADA, Man. – Doug Wright isn’t the only prairie farmer who spends his winters at the curling rink or who escapes the arctic ambiance for a tropical climate. But he’s one of the few who can say he does both, and who makes money doing it. Wright is a curling ice technician – a skill […] Read more

Manitoba pool backs off on Crow benefit stand

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Pool Elevators delegates have voted to temper their long-standing policy of opposing changes to the Crow Benefit method of payment and negotiate the best deal possible. The resolution, approved during a closed session early in the week, calls on MPE officials “to enter into meaningful discussions with the appropriate parties to obtain […] Read more


Special crops: old system out, two options under discussion

WINNIPEG – Canada’s special crops industry will soon have new legislation regulating its activities, a commissioner with the Canadian Grain Commission said last week. But it’s letting the industry decide through a public discussion launched last week what shape that legislation will take. “The only thing we’re sure of is the old system isn’t going […] Read more

U.S. finds partners in assault on CWB

MINOT, N.D. – American trade negotiators are teaming up with Argentina and the European Union to attack the Canadian Wheat Board under the GATT, farmers here were told last week. “We are not alone in opposing Canadian Wheat Board practices,” said Carol Brookins, a Washington-based trade consultant who advises the U.S. government. “And with the […] Read more


United pool voice to be less vocal

WINNIPEG – The voice of the three prairie wheat pools will be a little quieter in the future, the chair of Prairie Pools Inc. said here last week. Ray Howe told delegates attending the Manitoba Pool Elevators annual meeting that PPI has scaled down its profile and its staff, returning the job of speaking out […] Read more

Lentil farmers win GRIP battle

WINNIPEG – Manitoba farmers who suffered a crop loss on lentils in 1992 will soon be getting another cheque from the Gross Revenue Insurance Plan. The province has decided to pay $5.6 million to 991 lentil farmers after a Manitoba Court of Appeal decision ruled the government illegally reduced their 1992 coverage. A group of […] Read more

Benefit gone: Swanson

WINNIPEG – Farmers have likely lost the Crow Benefit subsidies they have relied upon to get their grain to market, the president of Manitoba Pool Elevators said this week. Charlie Swanson warned delegates attending the co-operative’s 69th annual meeting that “probable changes” to the Western Grain Transportation Act will lead to increased freight rates. Despite […] Read more


Southern market eyed by Manitoba pool

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Pool Elevators is gazing south as it enters its 70th year of marketing grain on behalf of Manitoba farmers. Chief executive officer Greg Arason told delegates meeting here this week that the U.S. market will become more important for the province’s largest grain handler and its farmer owners. Increasing transportation costs make […] Read more

Pasta makers eat crow to regain support

MINOT, N.D. – American pasta manufacturers are busy mending their tattered relationship with domestic durum growers in hopes of enlisting their help in another trade dispute. The National Pasta Association wants the powerful farm lobby behind it as it launches a trade battle against subsidized imports of Italian and Turkish pasta products. But chair Luke […] Read more