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


People’s Party platform requires a closer look

Farmers who take a close look at Maxime Bernier’s platform — that of the People’s Party of Canada — will find some things to like. The question lies in the bigger picture — are these agricultural policies compelling enough for farmers to accept the massive cultural change the party would put the country through? And […] Read more

New trespass laws welcome, but come with cautions

The most ominous signal surrounding proposed changes to trespassing laws governing rural land in Saskatchewan came from Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, who offered that he hoped “there are no more tragedies” as a result of the law. It is important to heed this. The proposed changes come two years […] Read more