People’s vision of a food policy is influenced by whether they are primarily a food producer or a food consumer.
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Creating national food policy will require give and take

Sometimes during an election, a candidate will choose an event at a farm or farmers market to solemnly state that Canada for too long has been without a national food policy. Most voters will nod in agreement and applaud. But the problem is that different people have different ideas of how a national food policy […] Read more

Farm groups speak out on Alberta’s Bill 6, Alberta’s proposed farm labour changes

Many agricultural and rural groups in Alberta have issued public responses to Bill 6, the Alberta government’s Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. Here is a summary of their views. Alberta Federation of Agriculture The federation said it has met with government officials to discuss farm safety but without detail. “Specific information relating […] Read more


Short-line railways get shunted by ramp-up on main lines

It is clear that Ottawa had good intentions in March when it imposed regulations re-quiring Canada’s Class 1 railway carriers — Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway — to move a million tonnes of western Canadian grain each week to market or export position. But now that the regulations have been in place for […] Read more

SARM names new directors

Cal Jorstad of the Rural Municipality of Moose Jaw was elected to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities board last week. He is the new director for Division 2, replacing Ray Orb of Cupar, who is the new vice-president. The moves came about after vice-president Jim Hallick from the RM of Keys retired after 17 […] Read more


SARM in brief

Wildlife compensation lacking Saskatchewan Crop Insurance is supposed to pay 100 percent of wildlife damage to crops but rural municipal politicians say it is falling short. John Priestley, from the Rural Municipality of Blaine Lake, said the damage includes the cost of cleaning grain after wildlife has contaminated it. He said insurance pays 32 cents […] Read more

Wall’s rural support appears steady

REGINA – Delegates to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual convention held March 8-11 rose to their feet to applaud Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall, a sign that Saskatchewan Party support in rural areas is holding. The premier pointed to livestock loan programs, crown lease sales, gopher control, crop insurance improvements, the water infrastructure program […] Read more

Rural businesses get money

CAMROSE – More rural communities in Alberta will benefit from government programs designed to boost rural business opportunities and increased high speed internet access. The Canadian Badlands tourism cluster development initiative in southeastern Alberta recently received $444,300 from the Rural Community Adaptation Grant Program. The Municipal Districts of Peace River and Northern Lights, Northern Sunrise […] Read more


Sask. committees to advise on highways

Saskatchewan residents will continue to have a say in which roads are upgraded. Highways minister Jim Reiter recently signed a memorandum of understanding with 11 area transportation planning committees (ATPCs). The committees were established during the 1990s to provide input and help plan for the long term. “We really do rely on them,” Reiter said […] Read more

Western Producer Livestock Report – for Sep. 10, 2009

Hogs rally Hog demand was stronger than expected, helping lift hog cash prices. Packer margins remained positive, although pork carcass cut-out values fell from the start of the week. Iowa-southern Minnesota cash hogs rose to $37.50 US per hundredweight Sept. 4, up from $34 Aug. 28. The U.S. pork carcass cut-out value fell to $54.04 […] Read more