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Editorial: Human nature

It’s one of those philosophical questions — can there really be too much of a good thing? In the case of glyphosate it would seem the answer might be yes, especially when it comes to crop residues. There’s little doubt why so much of the product is used here in Western Canada. It’s nothing short […] Read more


Opinion: U.S. farm economy under stress

An excerpt from testimony by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue before the United States House Committee on Agriculture, Feb. 27, 2019. Ever since the record prices and farm income levels reached in 2013 the U.S. farm sector has faced declines, leaving producers increasingly vulnerable to production disruptions posed by natural disasters and market disruptions. Net […] Read more



Editorial: Testing the limits of rural Internet

Anyone who’s spent time recently in voice-mail jail can confirm often it’s best to take one’s interaction with large organizations online. True, it’s probably just a cost-cutting measure and they’re pushing that cost onto you, the client. But it’s often also undeniably easier to take the self-serve option, where you do it yourself, at a […] Read more


Opinion: Dairy industry should be compensated

Excerpts from testimony by Mark Taylor, chief executive officer, Parmalat Canada, to the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, Feb. 26, 2019. In order to address these challenges, it’s important that the Canadian government uphold the commitment made by Minister Freeland to compensate the dairy sector, including processors for losses resulting from these trade […] Read more




Editorial: Lose the certificate, lose the brand

These days you can hardly read an article on business success without a reference to the importance of branding. But last week the federal budget confirmed what we reported in the last issue — the Canadian Grain Commission and its Certificate Final for export shipments are under review. That means that so is the brand […] Read more






Editorial: A valuable question

The Irish writer and humorist Oscar Wilde once famously noted that a cynic is one who “… knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” Wilde wrote those words in the play “Lady Windemere’s Fan” more than 125 years ago, as a rebuttal to what he saw as the growing cynicism of the […] Read more





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