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Opinion: Not all interest rate increases are equal

Rising interest rates are disruptive. They can hit cash flow budgets and create the need to adjust the level and mix of short- and long-term liabilities. Or they can shift the demand for farmland, which can impact farm asset values. The bottom line is that interest rates – and changes to those interest rates – […] Read more

Comment: The blockchain party

Grocers are finally climbing aboard the blockchain initiative and consumers should rejoice

Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, recently notified its leafy green suppliers that they will need to use blockchain by the end of next year. Walmart is banking on its relationship with IBM to put pressure on the entire sector to comply with what consumers want from the food industry: more transparency. But others […] Read more

Editorial: Seeking allies

The rubber has hit the road in U.S.-Canada trade negotiations and the news isn’t good for Canadian dairy producers. It appears they’re set to lose as much as 3.5 per cent of their market to tariff-free U.S. dairy imports. That’s on top of similar concessions made during negotiations for the Canada-European trade deal that saw […] Read more

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Comment: Tell me if you’ve heard this before

Because agriculture policy-makers can’t remember history, farmers may be doomed to repeat it

Truisms don’t need to be completely true to be a truism. For example, “If you live long enough, you’ll see everything” doesn’t mean you will see everything if you live a long life. You may see a great deal, but it’s highly unlikely you’ll see “everything.” Simone de Beauvoir, a French novelist and existentialist, turned […] Read more

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Opinion: Emergency payments: Déjà vu all over again

The Trump administration’s US$12 billion in “trade-dispute-related” emergency payments were a surprise. The current set of emergency payments was put into effect by administrative action while the earlier set of emergency payments were voted on by Congress and signed into law by the administration. Though there is a 17-year gap between the earlier emergency payments […] Read more

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Comment: Authors of their own misfortune

Canada’s dairy industry is about to lay in a bed of its own making

Remember the early days of the NAFTA renegotiations, when all Donald Trump wanted to do was “tweak” the agreement as far as Canada was concerned? That seems like a century ago now. A lot has happened to poison the well between then and now, including the U.S. president’s over-the-top reaction to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s […] Read more

Editorial: Self-reflection

As the debate over the fate of the Canadian Wheat Board was coming to a head a few years back, one of the key points repeatedly raised was how Canada’s quality assurance system gave it a leg up. Having a centralized sales desk meant there was an entity with a rational reason for maintaining and […] Read more

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Comment: September slips away — and so do political solutions

The clock is ticking on several U.S. policy decisions that could have global implications

There are never enough days in September for farmers, ranchers, and pennant-chasing baseball teams. Every day, whether spent in a combine, pasture or batter’s box, brings change to what’s real today and what’s possible tomorrow. And it happens fast; September days don’t pass, they evaporate. The U.S. Congress, however, seems not to notice days, months […] Read more

Opinion: Let’s get moving on CPTPP

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada The Honourable Andrew Scheer, leader of the Official Opposition and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada Sept 12, 2018 Dear Messrs. Trudeau, […] Read more

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