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Editorial: Farm policy for the future

It’s safe to say that most farmers in Canada don’t really know the history of farm policy developments in this country, and they don’t really care. What they do care about is whether supports will be there for them in their times of need — whether that’s when dealing with this year’s drought, last year’s

‘It’s no surprise that the industrial cheeseburger is no longer sustainable and is no longer competitive,’ said a U.K.-based consultant during a recent webinar on the Future of Food.

Editorial: Disruptive change is coming to our food sector

Farmers are no stranger to new technology and are usually quick to adopt developments that can increase production, or at the very least reduce the risk of losses. Most are well aware that the digital age is likely to bring transformative change to agriculture and food — even if they aren’t quite ready to fully

Editorial: Community spirit

The last time the military rolled in to help Manitobans deal with a crisis beyond their capacity to manage was in the spring of 1997 during the Flood of the Century. Troops, engineers and equipment were put to work building the Z-dike that ultimately protected Winnipeg from the potential of overland flooding creeping around the

Editorial: Effective ag stabilization programs a must

It’s tempting to look into the shadows for a deep, dark conspiracy behind the three Prairie provinces’ reluctance to fully support AgriStability. The farm income support program, cost shared 60-40 by the federal and provincial governments, compensates participating farmers if their farm income minus eligible expenses drops below a certain threshold. Farmers and their organizations

Editorial: Good times, great opportunities

It’s well documented that the pandemic has had an uneven effect on Canadian incomes and businesses. While some have suffered greatly due to the disruptions caused by lockdowns, others have experienced an unprecedented surge in spending ability, or alternatively, debt-reduction capacity, because of the limits on how and where they can spend money. Looking back,

Paying farmers to store carbon in their soils is, at least in theory, a win-win scenario.

Editorial: The carbon credit reality

Canadian farmers, industry and governments should pay close heed to the recent announcement that one of Canada’s largest food processors has inked a deal to buy carbon credits from American farmers. Maple Leaf Foods will pay $20 per tonne to U.S.-based Indigo Ag for carbon stored on American farms applying soil-building practices. It represents a

Editorial: Maintaining independent agricultural extension is key

The Manitoba government’s announcement that it will close agricultural offices and consolidate services this spring is a significant shift, but one that reflects a modern reality. As of April 1, public-facing services will be delivered out of 10 regional service centres instead of 21 and they will be staffed by provincial Agriculture Department representatives, crop

Before the pandemic hit, the food industry’s labour shortages were barely on the public’s radar.

Editorial: Our food security is vulnerable

A common theme that emerges when talking to food-industry observers about the ongoing pandemic is that while Canada’s agriculture and food systems are highly efficient and productive, they lack resilience. Six months into a pandemic that shows no signs of being over any time soon, cracks that were virtually invisible before are now becoming impossible