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Opinion: Amazon and Whole Foods – one year later

The blockbuster deal has forced domestic grocery giants to adapt quickly

One after the other, grocers are going virtual. All of them, at some point over the last 12 months, have announced some sort of commitment to an e-commerce strategy. Costco launched its home delivery pilot in Ontario, while Maxi’s, Loblaw’s discount stores in Quebec, were the latest to jump on the virtual bandwagon with their […] Read more


Opinion: Corn may be an unintended trade war victim in 2019

Wheat is also likely to see the effect of a stampede out of beans

U.S. corn supply is predicted to plunge by 23 per cent over the next year, but the tighter domestic market may be a short-lived phenomenon pending the resolution of the U.S.-China trade war. The world’s two largest economies have been embroiled in a trade battle in which Beijing hit U.S. soybeans with a 25 per […] Read more



Editorial: Beggar-thy-neighbour

To steal a line from “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas, on the night of Nov. 8, 2016, I felt a ‘great disturbance in the force.’ The occasion, of course, was the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, and the subsequent horror of many. At the time I was more sanguine. He may arguably be […] Read more


Comment: You don’t have to be alone with farm worries

There are resources to help those whose mental health can be determined by the level of the rain gauge

I thought I was doing fine. Not too worried or concerned. I kept telling myself it would all work out, and if it didn’t we’d be OK. We’ve always had a crop. We would this year too. It wouldn’t be a bumper crop. Not even an average one, but after being married to a farmer […] Read more



Editorial: Bringing innovation to life

The annual Ag in Motion outdoor farm show hosted by the Manitoba Co-operator’s parent company, Glacier FarmMedia just west of Saskatoon every July has evolved into an event that attracts more than 30,000 farmers from all over the world. This year’s AIM featured 459 exhibitors on the 320-acre show site that included 32 acres of […] Read more


Farmer Walking Through Field Checking Wheat Crop

Wheat industry moving forward

I was very disappointed this paper chose to publish the opinion piece from Stewart Wells on GM Wheat Policy (Cereals Canada’s irresponsible GM wheat policy) but actually an attack on industry groups. I am proud of what I call Team Canada — namely Cereals Canada and what it has done for the Canadian wheat industry. […] Read more



Tariffs not the answer to U.S. trade woes

Testimony by Minnesota Farm Bureau president Kevin Paap to the U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade, Washington, D.C., July 18. Agricultural exports are important economic drivers. Once you lose a market, it is really tough to get it back. In 2017, we exported $140 billion in farm products, which is $21 billion more […] Read more


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Donald Trump has it wrong on the Canadian dairy system

The president is in reality championing a globalized system that will disadvantage U.S. dairy farmers

Anthony Pahnke is vice-president of the Family Farm Defenders and an assistant professor of international relations at San Francisco State University. This piece appeared in a recent issue of Wisconsin State Farmer.  President Donald Trump is wrong on dairy because he supports free trade. At first, this may appear incorrect, especially with the trade disputes […] Read more



Editorial: The Trump discount

If you follow markets, especially if you grow soybeans, you’ll know about the price debacle resulting from President Trump’s decision to start a trade war with China. In retaliation for his duty on manufactured goods, China slapped a 25 per cent tariff on U.S. soybeans. That’s caused U.S. futures to plummet to a 10-year low […] Read more


Readers can write, too

Reader feedback is always interesting for a column writer

There’s an art and elegance to letter writing that electronic communication — email, texting, direct messaging, Twitter, and other ethereal forms — simply can’t capture. The biggest difference is also its most ironic: paperless communication encourages brevity and emphasizes urgency. Why, I wonder, is there a weight restriction on email? NNTR. (No need to reply.) […] Read more




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