CETA not necessarily a bust because of slow exports

In 2016, shortly after the Canada-European Union trade deal was signed, Glacier Farm Media published a story outlining the challenges Canada’s agricultural sector would face to take advantage of the deal. Most concerned understanding new markets, establishing certification processes and whether there’s energy to take advantage of new opportunities in Europe. The story turned out […] Read more

Canada needs to address trade dilemma with China

Canada’s quest to double agricultural trade with China, which both countries agreed to in November, is effectively handing China an economic bludgeon to wield as it sees fit. It is a dilemma for Canada. Increasing trade with China is vital if agricultural exports — seen as a foundation of Canada’s export growth — are to […] Read more

CFIA must rethink its new livestock transport rules

It’s often said that if both sides don’t like changes to something, then it must be right. But that is not necessarily the case for updated transport regulations. The balance between outcomes and prescriptive rules for animals that was sought by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is not necessarily the way to go. We have […] Read more


Canada-China trade deal faces variety of hurdles

The pursuit of a Canada-China free trade agreement, or even an agreement covering just the agriculture sector, is becoming increasingly complicated, which is unfortunate, because there are benefits to a deal. Western Producer reporter Robin Booker has posted a blog gleaned from information produced by an access to information request outlining the nature of concerns […] Read more

New commercial truck driver licensing costs for training, as they relate to agriculture, should be paid for by everyone, not just farmers.
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Everyone should help pay for new trucker regulations

New commercial truck driver licensing costs for training, as they relate to agriculture, should be paid for by everyone, not just farmers. The movement for change in how commercial drivers are licensed is driven by a tragic accident that focused the public’s attention on the potential risks that large commercial trucks can pose. Those risks […] Read more


Rail companies are regulated with maximum revenue entitlements on grain transportation, in part because there are only two major carriers, so farmers are justified in seeking to know how much it actually costs to move their grain.
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Shelving rail costing review puts gov’t on wrong track

It’s puzzling that both the governing Liberals and the Conservative government before them have avoided a full costing analysis for moving grain by rail. Rail companies are regulated with maximum revenue entitlements on grain transportation, in part because there are only two major carriers, so farmers are justified in seeking to know how much it […] Read more

All sides will win under recent orphan well ruling

Last week’s Supreme Court decision establishing that bankrupt oil companies cannot renounce their environmental responsibilities strikes the appropriate balance between economic opportunity and the environment. The 5-2 decision released Jan. 31 means that trustees who oversee disbursement of assets belonging to insolvent companies must first use the proceeds from those assets to clean up abandoned […] Read more

Recommended utopian diet admirable but impractical

There is nothing wrong with setting the bar high when it comes to planning a diet that will be healthy and heed the environmental requirements of the planet. Indeed, it’s admirable. But if, as The Lancet journal’s report on a healthy and sustainable diet concludes, the world must accept the report’s recommended diet changes to […] Read more


Better case needed for farm-saved seed royalties

Given that seed companies have the ability to negotiate contracts to collect royalties, the definitive argument for government regulation to sanction royalties applied to saved seed has yet to be made. Agriculture Canada is in the midst of a consultation process on a proposal to determine whether royalties on saved seed should be included in […] Read more

Senate report on climate change deserves action

A Senate report on climate change and carbon pricing has worthy recommendations on how to mitigate the effects of federal climate-change policies, but it’s unlikely to significantly affect how farmers work in the near future. That’s because most farmers have already made the most important changes affecting climate change. The Senate agriculture committee’s report on […] Read more