It’s estimated that 371 million acres of U.S. farm and ranchland will change hands in the next 15 years.  |  REUTERS/Dan Koeck photo

Agriculture faces a heart transplant

If government and private estimates are accurate, hundreds of millions of American farm acres will have new owners in the next 15 years. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s survey takers and record keepers predict that 100 million acres of today’s farmland will be sold by its current owners by 2023. The American Farmland […] Read more

Change tactics in clash over carbon tax

The federal election results demonstrate that the majority of Canadians support the carbon tax. Two-thirds of voters chose a Liberal, Bloc Québécois, NDP or Green candidate, and each of these parties’ platforms included a carbon tax. An overwhelming majority of voters in Alberta, Saskatchewan and all rural ridings in Manitoba disapprove of the Liberals and […] Read more

Investing in professional development good for business

Danny Klinefelter, former professor and extension specialist at Texas A&M University’s department of agricultural economics, notes that four states of knowledge exist: What you know. What you know you don’t know. What you don’t know you don’t know. What you think you know that isn’t so. What does all that mean? Well, it can be […] Read more

Canada needs to consider tougher approach to trade

Should Canada stop being nice when it comes to agricultural trade? That seems to be the gist of October’s policy note by research firm Agri-Food Economic Systems. The argument in the report is solid. The options for Canada range from nice to naughty. So, at what point should Canada’s government and the agri-food industry accept […] Read more

A new study that questions a blanket ban on red meat consumption is the latest instalment of what has been described as an often-biased approach to the subject.  |  File photo

Red meat debate has been one-sided

For a few years, we’ve been force-fed the notion that red meat and processed meat products threaten our health. But the protein war between the livestock industry and plant-based supporters has taken an interesting twist. In 2015, the World Health Organization went as far as to say that processed meats were carcinogenic, adding them to […] Read more

Advantages of a single farm corporation include its simplicity, while disadvantages include everyone being tied together, which can complicate decision making.  |  File photo

Weighing pros and cons of single family farm corporation

There are many options on how to structure your farm with family. A one-size-fits-all solution does not exist and there are many advantages and disadvantages of each potential structure. This article takes a deeper look into using a single family farm corporation for the succession of your operation. Family background Darren and Marilyn are each […] Read more

Current ‘race to apathy’ era not welcome

Social justice advocates argue a defining characteristic of the globalization era that began in the 1980s is an international trade environment that promotes a “race to the bottom.” Some of the developing countries that have been subject to this pressure are now huge economies that have much more power to shape their relationships with western […] Read more

Better pay for MLAs would improve quality of candidates

We discourage skilled and experienced people from entering elected public life because seeking office often means settling for a lower income and can involve significant family sacrifices. Recent pay cuts to members of Alberta’s legislature raise the important question of whether our elected representatives get paid too much or even enough. The question of salaries […] Read more

Don’t expect election to end political bickering

Regardless of the election results and what party or parties form government, the election campaign demonstrated how far Canadian politics has shifted to the left of the political spectrum. It also showed that the concerns of farmers don’t rank very high on the political agenda. The Liberals have long been the middle-of-the-road big tent pulling […] Read more

Supporters watch the results come in at the Conservative leader Andrew Scheer's campaign headquarters during the federal election in Regina.  |  REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Life in the afterglow of the commodity boom: Is this why we’re all so mad and raging?

Everybody wants somebody to blame. Better blame Mr CommoditiesCycle

It’s a truly dark time in Canada, with the rise of an angry, raging, denunciatory politics taking over this nation the way that it has been doing in the U.S. for a few years now. The federal election supplied ample evidence of this, with ill will and personal attacks hanging over the entire campaign. Beyond […] Read more