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COVID-19 and Elections Canada related signs seen inside Edmonton Expo Center in Edmonton, Alta.

Comment: Your voice matters this election – let it be heard

Vote. This is your chance to ensure agriculture’s voice is heard in government

Political campaigners have an adage, “public policy is set by those who show up.” We are in the middle of a federal election and now is the best time for individual producers to influence policy. Now is the time for you to actively participate in the political process and let your voice be heard, and

We need to move beyond passive efforts, such as unrestricted hunting, that have been shown to disperse wild pigs and make the problem worse. – Cam Dahl

Comment: Wild pigs an alien invasion

It’s time for co-ordinated, targeted eradication efforts on wild pigs

We have been invaded by aliens. No, not green creatures from Area 51, but by plants and animals that don’t belong here. Take, for example, the common dandelion, which is not native to North America. European settlers brought dandelions here in the mid-1600s to enhance their gardens. Zebra mussels are another example; they are not


‘… when it comes to tending to the environment in a sustainable way and caring for animals humanely, Manitoba farmers are world leaders.’ – Cam Dahl.

Opinion: Public trust and modern agriculture

Don’t dread the public’s newfound interest — treat it as an opportunity

I find that many farmers react to the words “public trust” like a cat running across hot pavement. The subject is often viewed as a threat, seen by some as rhetorical cover for those who want to dismantle modern agriculture. While I understand the reaction, I have a different response. I see public questions on

Animal care in modern hog production does not stop at codes of practice and regulatory enforcement. There is also verification.

Comment: Agriculture, the environment, and animal care

Pork producers have stringent care standards and deserve protection from intruders

Legislation brought forward by the provincial government has sparked debate about agriculture in Manitoba. The Animal Diseases Amendment Act has drawn comments about environmental impact and animal care. In the past, farmers produced a little of everything. A few animals, a bit of grain, produced with minimal inputs. Some nostalgically view this bygone era as

The threat of disease outbreaks is why we are seeing provincial governments across the country pass legislation that imposes penalties for those who trespass onto farm operations.

Comment: COVID-19 pandemic – lessons to keep

Most of us can’t wait to turn the page on the pandemic, but we’ve also learned a lot

As we approach the one-year anniversary of pandemic lockdowns, COVID-19 fatigue has set in for most. We want to see our families again. We want to have a barbecue with our neighbours. We want to be able to meet a group of friends at a restaurant. While we don’t want to talk about positives coming


The strength and resilience of Canadian agriculture and our food supply chain is a result of science and research.

Comment: Is science back in style?

There have been some unexpected impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these is the new celebrity status of our chief medical health officers. A lot of people who just a few short months ago never even knew every province had a chief medical health officer are now hanging on to every word. Does this mean science and respected authority

Farmers need to ask political candidates and their parties what their plans are to encourage growth and development in Canadian agriculture.

Comment: Food, technology and the election

Canadian agriculture can’t become a political football — it’s too important for that

We love technology. Apple brings out a new cellphone and there are lineups around the block. We are talking to our own houses these days as our homes become “smart.” And our houses are talking back (I think the Irish Rovers had a song about that). Yet, when it comes to technology and agriculture, the

Opinion: The next trade election

Now is the time to push politicians on developing a new approach for a new era

There is a federal election coming this October. Now is the time for farmers to push for policies that will allow agriculture to deliver economic growth. Agriculture is a driver of the Canadian economy. But our jobs are spread out across Canada. So we don’t see headlines about thousands of jobs being lost because of


How does Canada protect its trading relationships when the rules of trade have been thrown out the window?

Comment: Protecting trade in a protectionist era

Canada needs to respond to trade barriers by using dispute settlement mechanisms

The world has become protectionist. There is, justifiably, much focus on issues with China. But it is not just China. Canadian agriculture commodities are blocked in India, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam and face issues in key markets like Peru. Countries are turning inward, finding new ways to block trade. How do we protect our

The time has come for the grain, oilseed and special crops sectors to accept both the responsibility and opportunities that come from concretely demonstrating the sustainability of modern agriculture. – Cam Dahl

Comment: Time for a code of practice for grain production

Farmers urged to participate in a process started by the Grains Round Table

I was on a panel a few weeks back with a farmer who said he never wanted to hear the word ‘sustainability’ again. I understand the sentiment but we, as an industry, are going to be hearing that word more and more from customers and consumers. Farmers shy away from sustainability because they see people