One of the key metrics that crop protection products are evaluated on is one known as ‘efficacy.’ You’re quite right if you think that’s a $5 word for ‘effectiveness.’ Whether or not a crop protection product does what it says it will do is a critical part of its evaluation by federal regulators. If it
If agriculture garners attention during the 2021 election campaign, it will likely be as part of a larger discussion as candidates duke it out over climate change, an emerging green economy and post-pandemic recovery. That’s the perception of a number of observers in the province’s agriculture sector who recently spoke to the Co-operator. Why it matters:
Crop and beef farmers across the province have faced the same challenging times this year but when it comes to being backstopped by support programs, there are some sharp differences. Early reports suggest many grain farmers are seeing yields in the 60 per cent of normal neighbourhood on their cereals. Some have, of course, done
As farmers settled in for the winter late last fall, agrometeorologists were already looking ahead with worry to the 2021 growing season. After a pair of dry years, the typical fall recharge of ground moisture had failed to materialize, and they realized that the stage was being set for a major challenge the following year.
For those who care about such things, it’s been an eventful few days in politics, both provincially and federally. Here in Manitoba, Brian Pallister, the only Manitoba premier in many years to have grown up on a farm, confirmed speculation that he won’t be leading the Progressive Conservatives into the next campaign. And federally, the
Canadian farm publications — or Canadian farmers for that matter — don’t often heap well wishes on U.S. farm groups. While there are often shared interests there are also, all too often, bones of contention. From country-of-origin labelling (COOL) to dairy quotas, Canadian agriculture frequently finds itself under withering not-so-friendly fire from our southern neighbours.
There’s little doubt that Ralph Eichler enjoyed the agriculture portfolio the last time he led it. From 2016 to 2019, Eichler was a fixture at agriculture events throughout the province. He clearly relished the role and felt it was an important one within the provincial government; it was an industry he was proud to represent.
A familiar face is once again taking the helm at Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. Ralph Eichler, who was provincial agriculture minister from 2016-19, returns to the portfolio in a cabinet shuffle after a term as minister of economic development and training. Blaine Pedersen, who held the role from 2019, is retiring from cabinet and
It was the fall of 1981. Pierre Elliot Trudeau was once again in Sussex Drive after the brief prime ministership of Joe Clark. Ronald Reagan was just settling into the White House. And down the road, at the U.S. Federal Reserve, legendary central banker Paul Volcker was targeting inflation with high interest rates. From the
Over the past few decades, there’s been a decided decline in leadership throughout the political spectrum. Leadership once meant exactly that — leading. These days however, it’s come to mean watching public opinion polls and blowing with the wind, or triangulating amongst special-interest groups. In both cases, the goal appears to be power for the