Consumers are gradually walking away from traditional grocery stores.  |  Getty Image

Online groceries change retail business

One after the other, grocers are going online. All of them, at some point over the last 12 months, have announced some sort of commitment to an e-commerce strategy. Costco launched its home delivery pilot in Ontario, while Maxi, Loblaws’ discount stores in Quebec, jumped on the virtual bandwagon with their Click and Collect program. […] Read more

Canadians must address non-market trade clause

Is article 32.10 in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement a tempest in a teapot or a slow-building hurricane? Whatever it is, it could have an effect on Canada’s agricultural trade with China. Article 32.10 says any country that pursues a trade agreement with a non-market country must provide the text of the deal to the other […] Read more

Parents who want to help finance their children’s education can invest in a Registered Education Savings Plan or compensate them from the family farm.  |  Getty Image

Parents have options when investing in kids’ education

An education is important for the new generations of farmers. There is a long list of the abilities that education helps to develop, such as making sound business decisions, running technology, applying appropriate agronomic practices and marketing This also provides a potential back-up plan or career to the farm. As parents, what is the best […] Read more

Border divides trade deal opinions

It’s interesting to take a quick look at how the Canadian and U.S. media viewed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in the immediate aftermath of its announcement. In Canada, it was mainly relief. In the U.S., it was mostly, “did we win?” The Toronto Star noted that it “came down to making a few acceptable concessions […] Read more

A Canadian carbon tax won’t save the world

Those are great sentiments, but what “we” as Canadians do doesn’t mean a darn thing in the grand scheme. With an estimated 1.6 percent of global emissions, we could discontinue all economic activity and huddle together in igloos and it wouldn’t make a measurable difference in worldwide emissions. As silly as it sounds, some people […] Read more

Agricultural issues will remain a hot file for Ottawa

Folks wishing for a reprieve on the agriculture file following several hectic months shouldn’t get their hopes up. It’s busy, and unlikely to quiet down any time soon. For starters, it’s been snowing on the Prairies, a situation that’s made a challenging harvest even tougher. Alberta is in particularly bad shape. As of Oct. 12, […] Read more

Letters to the editor – October 18, 2018

Canada’s dairy system should be emulated Supply management restricts dairy production within Canada so that consumers are not oversupplied. Supply, for the most part, equals demand for dairy products in Canada. Furthermore, according to the April 2018 Export Action Global report, on a global scale when factors are described in common terms, Canadian consumers pay […] Read more

Clubroot stigma may help spread the canola disease

It is the news that any farmer dreads: a field of canola doesn’t look right. Samples are sent off, there is a desperate feeling of hope, but the truth is obvious: tests confirm the presence of clubroot. This process isn’t confined to canola, but unlike say, fusarium in wheat, discovery of clubroot seems to bring […] Read more

Rather than being primarily motivated to undertake activities in the best interest of the Canadian grain industry, the author argues that the Canadian Grain Commission risks being motivated by a need to create and apply regulations in a way that generates the most revenue for itself.   |  File photo

Cost recovery may place CGC in conflict

The retention of the Canadian Grain Commission surplus by the CGC raises questions about the organization’s purpose, services and sources of funding. The CGC’s budget is covered through user fees paid by the farmer through grain companies. The industry has no say in the establishment of CGC’s budget but is required to cover these costs. […] Read more

What category temporary migrant farm workers find themselves in will determine how their income is treated by the Canada Revenue Agency.  |  Michael Raine photo

Work on a Canadian farm, meet the CRA

Eighty percent of seasonal agriculture workers in Canada are Canadian residents, but there is still a demand for additional workers, many of whom come from Mexico and the Caribbean. In 2014, for instance, more than 45,000 visas were issued for such workers, although only 40,000 took advantage of the access to work in Canada. Of […] Read more