The author argues that mainstream media and politicians are complicit in the problem of misinformation, whether it be about genetically modified food or COVID-19 vaccines. | Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne photo

Plenty of blame for biotech scepticism

Biotechnology began to be applied to crop agriculture in the early 1980s, with the first commercialized products coming to market in the mid-1990s. Biotech-developed crops, fruits and vegetables have been approved for production and consumption, following more than 4,400 risk assessments by government scientists in more than 70 countries. Over the past 25 years, no […] Read more

American geophysicist Marion King Hubbert had first introduced

Peak oil fizzles as demand starts to slide

Remember peak oil? The term was in vogue a couple of decades ago as oil prices went through the roof and the price of fuel at the pump skyrocketed. American geophysicist Marion King Hubbert had first introduced it to the world in 1956 when he suggested that world oil production would fall into terminal decline […] Read more

If extreme droughts like the one experienced this year are the new norm, why are so many companies investing hundreds of millions to expand the network of grain terminals, build new canola crushing plants and establish pea protein fractionation facilities? | File photo

Muddled thinking mars climate change debate

If you ask most members of the general public about this year’s record heat and drought across the Prairies, they’ll accept the idea that it’s linked to climate change. After all, that’s what the scientists, activists and media say at every opportunity. However, there are many examples of muddled thinking on the whole climate change […] Read more


Do more with less? That seldom works

Do more with less? That seldom works

Use 30 percent less fertilizer and put 30 percent more food into the global system. That is, at first blush, what the federal government has suggested Canadian farmers should be doing over the next nine years. The ag industry isn’t impressed. Farmers in Western Canada are outraged that their operations are so misunderstood by the […] Read more

FHQ Development’s two-day, Indigenous Agricultural Innovation Conference was held virtually in September. | Screencap via Facebook/FHQ Developments Ltd.

Help needed to foster First Nations agriculture

The combined enthusiasm of First Nations for agriculture, mixed with added interest from government and industry, is creating exciting opportunities, despite continued barriers. That enthusiasm was on display during FHQ Development’s two-day, Indigenous Agricultural Innovation Conference held virtually in September. Attendees heard from a diverse set of speakers, including Melissa Arcand, an associate professor in […] Read more


Statistics Canada’s CPI methodology needs tweaking. Since prices are changing more quickly, some of the data-capturing process needs work and certainly more transparency. | Getty Images

How serious is food inflation in Canada?

If you think food prices are increasing at a much faster pace than what Statistics Canada suggests, you’re likely not imagining it. For a few years, many Canadians have suspected that the federal agency was either underestimating our food inflation or there was some lag between what was going on at the grocery store and […] Read more

If you appear to always be busy, and are, you avoid too much scrutiny. | Getty Images

Journalism in the busiest times

I have taken many classes in journalism over my 35 or so years in the business, and been given plenty of advice from other, often older-than-me farmers. A few bits have remained forever with me. “Look busy, Jesus is coming,” I was told at the Poynter Institute in Florida. Just what did that investigative reporter […] Read more

Many future gazers have farmers of the future sitting in their offices controlling farm equipment virtually and while that is the direction technology is heading, driverless tractors will remain the anomaly rather than the norm for the near term and perhaps much longer. | Getty Images

Beware those oft-cited technology predictions

Predictions abound on how agriculture will evolve in the years ahead. In my opinion, some-often cited predictions are out to lunch. Many future gazers have farmers of the future sitting in their offices controlling farm equipment virtually and while that is the direction technology is heading, driverless tractors will remain the anomaly rather than the […] Read more


Families looking to transfer their business to the next generation should contact  their tax advisers to get more information on how these new rules might work in their situation. | Getty Images

Transferring the farm to the kids now has new tax rules

Business owners often look to sell their businesses when they retire. With farming, the new business owners are often one or more children. This has historically been a problem from a tax perspective. If the parents operate their business through a corporation, the sale of the business will usually proceed by selling the assets of […] Read more

Letters to the editor – October 7, 2021

Ivermectin — we don’t agree I am writing to express my dismay and disappointment that your paper would publish the tasteless and false cartoon regarding the use of ivermectin. Actually ivermectin is a common and safe human pharmaceutical used worldwide. Most recently it is being used in many countries as an inexpensive treatment for COVID-19. […] Read more