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Other than a couple of political shots at the Liberal agriculture minister, taken by Ontario Conservative agricultural critic Dave Epp, there wasn’t a lot of to-and-fro at the Canadian Federation of Agriculture-sponsored debate. | Screencap via YouTube/Canadian Federation of Agriculture

It was a very Canadian agricultural debate

Canada’s political agricultural leaders seem to get along very well, at least during public outings. Last week’s agricultural debate, held online, was no exception. They got along so well that it was hard to tell them apart. Other than a couple of political shots at the Liberal agriculture minister, taken by Ontario Conservative agricultural critic […] Read more

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

Next spring’s seeding intentions will be influenced by the returns currently being generated. | File photo

Crop return story has both good and bad sides

What will be your best paying crop this year? Here’s a look at how various crops compare based on average yields and current prices. For this analysis we’ll use the yields being reported by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture based on a network of crop reporters. Prices have been volatile with some continuing to increase […] Read more


WP news editor Bruce Dyck shares his thoughts on the election as we prepare to head to the polls. | Elections Canada photo

Musing about the election as race winds up

Election day is looming, and a few thoughts about the contenders have been forming in my head: Liberals — A party that focuses on fighting climate change, with the inevitable ambivalence toward fossil fuel, is never going to make many friends in Western Canada. While the Liberals can make a decent case for their actions […] Read more

The National Farmers Union says the Canadian Food Inspection 
Agency’s gene editing regulatory proposal is not based on science. | Reuters/Shannon VanRaes photo

Gene editing process not transparent

Canada is deciding how to regulate gene-edited plants, and is largely proposing not to. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is responsible for regulating genetically modified plants for environmental safety under the Seeds Act Regulations — Part V. These regulations define what is considered a “plant with novel traits” (PNTs) and how they are regulated. The […] Read more


Improving the Prairie

I remember getting my face sandblasted during the drought of the late 1980s. That would happen anywhere in downtown Regina, where the grit and dust and dirt of farm country blew through in ugly blasts, filling a young city lad’s eyes. I remember seeing dirt-drifted ditches across farm country in those days, and my dad […] Read more

Improving the Prairie

I remember getting my face sandblasted during the drought of the late 1980s. That would happen anywhere in downtown Regina, where the grit and dust and dirt of farm country blew through in ugly blasts, filling a young city lad’s eyes. I remember seeing dirt-drifted ditches across farm country in those days, and my dad […] Read more

Different political parties, similar ag platforms

Different political parties, similar ag platforms

The three major federal parties have released their platforms ahead of the Sept. 20 election. While most Canadians won’t spend much time with these plans and promises, the agricultural community could find some good, light reading ahead of casting a vote. But good luck finding many differences among the top three players. The farm community […] Read more


Nationwide in 2017, 2.4 billion  bushels of corn were grown on 11.6  million irrigated acres by using, on  average, 325,500 gallons of water  per acre. That same marketing year,  U.S. ethanol plants used 5.6 billion  bu. of corn to make ethanol. | File photo

Ethanol’s future is running out of gas as new reality looms

The key ingredients for a looming crack-up in ethanol — the fast rise of electric vehicles, lukewarm politics, and more evidence of catastrophic climate change — are in place and few in United States policy circles are prepared to face that reality. In fact, none of those woes are new; they’ve been building for years. […] Read more

The writer calls food inflation a hidden, regressive “COVID tax” that  is an issue for people who are struggling financially. | File photo

Grocery buyers paying COVID-19 tax

Canadians’ ballot decisions in the Sept. 20 federal election will likely differ depending on what they care about. But since everyone eats and most of us try to manage a limited food budget, the most important electoral issue will likely be inflation. Or at least it should be. Everything is costing Canadians more, including food. […] Read more