Strong action necessary to gain control of COVID-19

Canada’s ranchers and producers, many of whom are located in isolated areas, are no doubt astonished by what they see going on in the rest of the world. But rural dwellers are not isolated from the global pandemic. Future generations will look back to see how well we reacted, how much we were willing to […] Read more

Labelling for imitation meat must be more clear

As the market for alternative proteins — imitation meats — continues to grow, the imperative for getting the labelling right grows with it. Unfortunately, while regulations seem to tackle the issue reasonably well, enforcement is another matter. The Canadian Pork Council, the Canadian Meat Council, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association […] Read more

PMRA should rethink strychnine decision

Health Canada’s decision to phase out strychnine to control the gopher population on farms appears to be based more on changing sensitivities rather than any new data indicating the environmental issues have worsened. That’s unfortunate, because while sensitivities have changed, producers’ realities haven’t. Strychnine has long been used to target Richardson’s ground squirrels, more commonly […] Read more

Ottawa needs to move on carbon tax, grain drying

It is bewildering to read that Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says there is no business case to drop the carbon tax on grain drying. Bibeau asked for, and received, input from grain farmers on the impact of the carbon tax on grain drying, yet she maintains the case has not been made. “Weakening the pricing […] Read more

A sign lies on train tracks as supporters of the indigenous Wet'suwet'en Nation's hereditary chiefs camp at a railway blockade as part of protests against British Columbia's Coastal GasLink pipeline, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Feb. 19, 2020.  REUTERS/Codie McLachlan

Canada has not addressed root of railway blockades

The railway blockades by Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in British Columbia protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline and by sympathizers in various parts of Canada, most notably, in Ontario, were deemed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week to be “unacceptable and untenable.” Yet they were, for almost three weeks, accepted. As for untenable, let’s take a […] Read more

Kristjan Hebert, who farms near Moosomin, Sask., and three other farmers are putting up their own funds to hire an employee tasked with setting up a journeyman training program for farm labourers.
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Journeyman farmer idea is worthwhile to explore

The efforts of four farmers collaborating to set up a journeyman training program for farm labourers are welcome. Given the vacancies in farm labour jobs, they should receive good support. Kristjan Hebert, who farms near Moosomin, Sask., and three other farmers are putting up their own funds to hire an employee tasked with setting up […] Read more

Food Freedom Day reflects on ag goals, achievements

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s proclamation of Feb. 8 as this year’s Food Freedom Day — the day in which Canadians, on average, have earned enough disposable income to pay their annual food bill — came and went as it usually does, with a statement, and relative silence. Yet there is much to be said […] Read more

Elected directors vital, but farmers must step up

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers did agricultural trade associations a favour by reviewing the composition of its board of directors in a public forum, which allowed for fruitful discussion. At the annual general meeting, members voted to expand its board by two directors, who will be elected by the membership. The SPG had proposed a plan to […] Read more

It is too soon to write off glyphosate access just yet

Is there an inexorable drive to ban glyphosate? Is it inevitable? There is certainly a drive by some opponents to eliminate the world’s most commonly used herbicide, but whether it’s unstoppable is to be determined. Weed scientist Hugh Beckie, formerly of Agriculture Canada and now director of Australia’s herbicide resistance initiative at the University of […] Read more

Wise call to delay new livestock transport rules

The federal Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to soften the introductory period for new livestock transportation rules by allowing a two-year wait time before enforcement begins is a welcome move, one that came after requests from cattle associations. One can argue that the ministry jumped the gun on setting next month for implementation, since there is […] Read more