Don’t look to new movie for historical accuracy

Hollywood tells some interesting tales. Some are based on true stories. Others, such as the soon-to-be-released move entitled Percy, appear to be based on untrue stories loosely connected to events. Based on the pre-release movie trailer, the narrative pits a prairie farmer and his collection of home-bred, saved seeds against an evil, multi-national genetics and […] Read more

Merging speed too high for country’s seed growers

Seed growers sent the rest of their trade a message last week — trust for farmers is earned. A multi-year project to bring five groups involved in the seed growing and development business together under one umbrella entity was shut down at the 11th hour by producers. The four other groups involved — the Canadian […] Read more

In recent weeks a poll of Canadians revealed that our fellow citizens support agriculture as an industry pretty well but the animal side of the business is not as popular with them as are plants. This is especially true among younger people, according to the survey. | File photo

Livestock sector vital part of big agriculture picture

Agricultural producers tend to have strong beliefs about their independence. However, commercial agriculture is really a team sport. No one element can be left behind without harming the whole. In recent weeks a poll of Canadians revealed that our fellow citizens support agriculture as an industry pretty well but the animal side of the business […] Read more


Canadian ag stabilization due for major overhaul

It might be time to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Too many things may have changed to keep tweaking Canada’s agricultural programs and still expect them to keep the industry stable and serve the interests of all involved. Farmers often feel as though their interests are the only ones to be considered when […] Read more

War of trade giants precarious for Canada

The United States and China are not about to enter a shooting war any time soon, but their war of tit-for-tat is still damaging for those on the periphery. Countries including Canada are poised to be winners and losers in this fight between economic behemoths depending on how these giants throw their punches. Just when […] Read more


When fair’s fair

The fairs, agricultural exhibitions, fowl suppers and rural sports days have stopped this year in the name of safety. Many of these traditions were carried on through wars, financial and farming collapses and might be thought of as footnotes in the tales of Canadian culture. But that underestimates their role in rural society, where isolationism […] Read more

The UN tweeted that the meat industry was responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies, but then later deleted the tweet. | file photo

Latest UN emissions report further reduces credibility

A week ago the United Nations managed to find another cow pie to step in. Taking to social media, the UN tweeted that the meat industry was responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies. The forehand slap was for livestock production. The backhand was aimed at the petroleum industry. After […] Read more

Slide back to ag subsidies a troubling development

There was a time, not so long ago, when advanced economies were headed down a path where farm commodities were largely free from government subsidies or other supports. Compared to 40 years ago, this is still the case. It was good for global agriculture and especially good for Canada. However, farm subsidies have recently been […] Read more


Margin erosion leads to risk for all Canadians

This season might turn out to be one of the best for grain farmers since 2014 — provided the weather holds and prices remain steady or improve. Currently, most clouds on the horizon seem to contain thunder showers, yet producers appear edgy about extra costs, amounting to a dollar here or there per acre. Why […] Read more

It was politics and a lack of long-term economic vision by successive governments that stopped irrigation implementation in Saskatchewan in the 1970s and kept it halted. It’s time to take this job off the Prairies’ to-do list. | File photo

It’s about time the Prairies took irrigation off its to-do list

Irrigation expansion has its friends and foes. It doesn’t favour every farmer or segment of the industry or society equally. It picks regional winners and losers and requires all to share in some of the costs. Producers and municipalities in irrigatable areas generally pick up the lion’s shares of operations, but the expense isn’t exclusively […] Read more