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Editor’s Take: On vaccine efficacy

Editor’s Take: On vaccine efficacy

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

Canada's 44th federal election will be held on Monday, Sept. 20.

Agriculture recognition election goal

Sectoral leaders say industry will do its best to push its issues onto the agenda

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:

It’s clear there’s going to be a big crop insurance payout this year, even if nobody’s exactly sure how big.

Editor’s Take: A tale of two programs

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

The Canadian Drought Monitor map for 2021. (see below for maps from 1961 and 1988)

A long dry cycle

The current drought crisis has been building for several years and costs are compounding

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.

Editor’s Take: The political winds are blowing

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

Editor’s Take: The enemy of my enemy is my friend

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.

Editor’s Take: A full plate for returning ag minister

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.

Eichler returns to ag

Former agriculture minister will fill role again after recent cabinet shuffle

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

Editor’s Take: What comes down must (eventually) go up

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

Editor’s Take: True leadership on display in Morden

Editor’s Take: True leadership on display in Morden

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