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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

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

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

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

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.


Guest Editorial: The thorny issue of people on your land

There are more people roaming around rural Canada during the pandemic and that’s increased concerns about trespassing and trash that finds its way onto farms. We live on a corner property and one of the side roads that runs along our farm is a no-winter maintenance road. Early in the pandemic it became a magnet


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