Spread the word — facts not all in yet on butter

Is butter really harder than it used to be? Some think it is. But what if harder butter is like other versions of the truth? You know, like the ones we learned in the past four years in the United States political scene. Some folks down there have successfully claimed secondary truths are just as […] Read more

Prairies need better voice on Vancouver port board

Canada’s international ports are highly regulated spaces and, in this country, they are only partially accountable monopolies. The Port of Vancouver is one example. Legal monopolies must be accountable to those they affect. Without market forces to apply pressure or firm regulations to ensure performance, there is significant danger that they will not be as […] Read more

Depending on who is asked, 15 to 20 percent of all earth-stored carbon, the terrestrial-contained stuff, is in farmland or pastures. Well-managed pastures get a lot of credit for carbon storage. Land used for crop production gets pretty good marks too if tillage is kept to a minimum. Most players agree on those two points.
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Start date crucial part of fair carbon payments

Storing carbon in farmland isn’t quite as straightforward as it might seem. Paying farmers properly for doing it is even more complex. That’s what governments appear to believe but before any payment plan is formed, we need agreed ground rules about western Canadian soil. Depending on who is asked, 15 to 20 percent of all […] Read more

Cattlemen’s group name worthy of a conversation

Last week members of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association decided not to instruct their board to pursue a name change that might have resulted in gender neutrality. It is a surprising development that the organization might want to rethink. Yes, in today’s society there is an often wearying sensitivity to political correctness but acknowledgement that both […] Read more

Cattle theft serious issue, despite portrayal on TV

Livestock theft is real and there’s no glamour to it. It affects owners’ livelihoods and carries a high probability of animal abuse. The portrayal of cattle rustlers as anti-heroes, in fiction or even non-fiction, does no one any favours. Farmers and ranchers make up only a couple of percentage points within the population and that […] Read more

Information is power, and producers want some

Western Canadian farmers are asking commodity buyers to hand over export sales information. Maybe they should ask for even more. It is often difficult for farmers to determine whether the price offered for their commodities is a good one. There are a lot of farmers and only a few buyers. It has always been so, […] Read more

The Grassy Mountain project in particular, which appears to be furthest ahead in the process and which would see part of a mountain leveled, runs through the Oldman River headwaters. It is creating fears of water shortages for agriculture and reduced water quality for all. 
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Open-pit coal mining needs more review in Alta.

Changes to Alberta open-pit coal mining policies, done without public consultation, could jeopardize agricultural operations downstream and destroy irreplaceable natural habitat. At the least, public hearings should be held into these changes. At most, the current government should abandon its revocation of the previous policy, put in place by the Lougheed government, and forgo its […] Read more

Fewer usually not better, and that includes ag offices

Manitoba might be doing it right. Time will tell, but closing agriculture offices that serve producers in their home regions is never a popular decision. The province announced last week it would close 21 offices, citing it as a way to retain and better use the agricultural budget. Other provinces have made similar changes over […] Read more

Farmers caught in political games over carbon tax

Beginning with the Green Shift policy in the federal Liberal platform of 2008, the party showed that it really didn’t understand the physics of carbon in crop and livestock production or the economics. Or, maybe they do. And now as government, with little to no representation in rural, agricultural Canada, they might be choosing to […] Read more

Bills don’t protect farmers, strong trade agreements do

Supply management shouldn’t need bills of the House of Commons to defend it against further quota erosion due to trade skirmishes. Hard negotiations at the international trade tables are where Canadian agriculture should be protected. And it was, in the fine print. A recently introduced private member’s bill, Bill 216, that would put supply managed […] Read more