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Comment: Huawei, SNC-Lavalin and sick pigs

Our relationship with China is a make-or-break one for Canadian aspirations to grow food exports

Relations between China and Canada have never been more uncertain. The SNC-Lavalin affair has exposed the Trudeau government to attacks from Chinese authorities, who claim Canada has unfairly treated Huawei’s executive Meng Wanzhou. She was arrested in Vancouver in December, at the request of the U.S. due to allegations of a conspiracy to defraud banks. […] Read more


Comment: The costs of evolving education in Manitoba

Some change may be necessary but a recent article offered a very simplistic interpretation

As a lifetime farmer and school trustee for over 25 years, I wish to give my perspective on an article in the November 15, 2018 edition of the Co-operator, by Alexandra Burnett and Rodney Clifton of the Frontier Center for Public Policy. The article commented on how some policy changes by the provincial government are […] Read more



Comment: Building a safe and strong farm for my family

Living and working in the same place means risks for your family that must be managed

Whether in a city, town or on a farm, raising a family is a challenge no matter where you call home. When raising a family on a farm, the experience isn’t just challenging; it is also incredibly rewarding. But what makes raising kids on a farm so rewarding, is also what makes it the most […] Read more


Comment: Long positions on corn liquidated

Funds sold their entire CBOT corn long position undetected during U.S. govt. shutdown

Within the span of six weeks, commodity funds dumped bullish bets in Chicago-traded corn futures and options without the market’s knowledge. Market participants were under the impression that speculators closed out January relatively optimistic toward the grains. However, data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) confirmed otherwise on Feb. 19. Hedge funds and […] Read more



Comment: Keep education decisions local

A drive to centralize decision-making will not serve rural Manitoba well

Those who live in rural communities in Manitoba know how important it is to keep programming and services such as health care and education local. Bit by bit, core programming has been centralized and decisions made further away from those who depend on these vital services. But this is not so for education. And people […] Read more


Comment: ‘Roll Up The Rim To Win’ needs an environmental reboot

Canada’s iconic fast-food brand is beginning to fall out of step with the times

Tim Hortons needs to reconsider its ‘Roll Up The Rim’ promotion. The entire campaign rests on the physicality of the cup itself. Almost 300 million cups are produced for the campaign, which usually ends in mid-April. Some winners have been required to send in the entire cup to claim their prize, instead of just ripping […] Read more



Comment: Farmer push-back on cereal seed royalty proposals

Most people don’t like change or paying more but a lack of trust could be a factor too

Western Canada’s wheat, barley and oat grower commissions say it’s unlikely farmers will accept either one of the two options to get farmers to pay more royalties for cereal seed. Some push-back was to be expected, but the seed industry no doubt was, and likely still is, hoping its arguments, including that farmers will gain […] Read more


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Opinion: Celebrate World Wetlands Day

February 2 is a day to remember the vital ecological importance of these distinct ecosystems

February 2, 2019, is World Wetlands Day celebrating the signing of the Ramsar Convention in Iran in 1971 where the purpose was to recognize the importance of wetlands to society. So what’s the big deal about wetlands? To start, we know that wetlands are considered to be a vital part of the Manitoba prairie landscape. […] Read more



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Comment: The unavoidable death of ‘click and collect’

Consumers want to get food products delivered directly to their homes but they don’t necessarily want to pay for it

Grocers can no longer afford to wait for their money to show up at their stores. That’s a given. They need to go after it as well. E-commerce in the grocery business was barely a thought five years ago. Most of them did not want to cannibalize sales and decrease foot traffic. The primary idea […] Read more


Comment: U.S. Farm Bill: ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’

The latest Farm Bill does nothing about the major problems — low prices and overproduction

As we began reading details from the recently passed 2018 Farm Bill, it reminded us of the old 1960s spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Except in this case no one is likely to end up with the gold. Let’s start with the […] Read more