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New tech in agriculture can make a farm more efficient and sustainable, but strong connectivity to the internet is essential to make it work.

Opinion: Universal internet helps make food more sustainable

Urban consumers could become great advocates for rural internet

Consumers wanting to reduce the carbon intensity of their food should advocate for better rural internet. Most agricultural towns have broadband, but in the country cell service fades. Telematics produced by farm equipment has to be stored, getting pushed to the cloud at the farmyards while IoT devices use networks, like LoRaWAn. Network-controlled automation is

Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Indiana are being considered swing states – each also ranks among the country’s top 10 agricultural-producing states.

Opinion: No winner for Canadian farmers

No matter the outcome of the U.S. election, subsidies are going to keep flowing

No matter who wins the upcoming election in the United States, Canadian farmers can expect to continue facing tough competition from their heavily subsidized peers south of the border. Fairly early in his 2016 election bid, it became clear producers saw Trump as the favoured candidate. His nationalist rhetoric helped win farmers over. A candidate

Opinion: Plenty of work for new-look Agriculture Committee

This body is generally fair minded and pragmatic, an anomaly for Ottawa

Members of Parliament sitting on the committee studying agricultural and agri-food issues will have no shortage of topics to explore. The first meeting of the current parliamentary session was held on Oct. 8, the latest since July. It was then MPs were concluding the work they had done studying business risk management (BRM) programs. Between

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in 2018.

Opinion: Federal Liberals making good on throne promises

So far the feds are ready to put money where their mouth is

The governing minority Liberals are making good on recent promises made to those living in rural communities. They are building on commitments to enhance rural broadband access, pay compensation for supply-managed industries impacted by trade deals and look to agriculture to be an economic driver in the fight against climate change from the throne speech

Opinion: Reason for cautious optimism after throne speech

The biggest-ticket item for farmers in the government’s upcoming plans is better rural internet

The recent throne speech was predictably light on specifics, but producers should be cautiously optimistic about most of the ambitious legislative plans laid out by the minority governing Liberals. The biggest potential win comes in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to enhance rural broadband access. “In the last six months, many more people have worked


Comment: ‘How much evidence do you need to vaporize a zombie?’

Farm & Food File: U.S. ag trade policy has a ‘zombie idea’ infestation

While “zombie ideas” isn’t a phrase you often see in farm publications, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has popularized it to describe a uniquely American political condition. Zombie ideas, the Nobel Prize-winning economist explained in a 2018 column, are,” ideas that should have died long ago, yet still keep shambling along, eating politicians’ brains.”

Opinion: Canada’s work to reform WTO is a good sign

As nations turn inward the global order is being upended

Canada’s efforts to reform the World Trade Organization are commendable. It is apparent more countries are deciding to turn inwards rather than focusing on multilateral trade relationships. The United States, India, Italy and others have all taken actions domestically that have negatively impacted Canadian farmers. Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) executive director Claire Citeau was

Canadians should resurrect the so-called “Third option” first proposed in 1972.

Opinion: Canada needs to rethink U.S. relationship

Recent events should force Canadians to rethink our country’s relationship with the U.S. Canada will always be a mouse in bed with the elephant, but we need to realize the elephant is sick. American leadership is deeply corrupted, with President Donald Trump making clear he values economic and personal gain over human life. He has


A program distributing food – particularly perishables – to help feed Canadians who would otherwise not be fed is admirable.

Opinion: Food recovery program should be permanent and expanded

The program isn’t a true win for farmers, but it’s better than food waste and total losses

Now that we know more about how the Surplus Food Rescue program will work, there should be a recognition for its need beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was announced as part the federal pandemic response and comes with $50 million in funding to help move extra food to vulnerable Canadians. Now that details are available, there is clear indication the program

Opinion: Conservative front-runners both ag supporters

There are, however, important policy distinctions between Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole

A new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is expected to be crowned in August. For non-members of the party, this news might be easy to miss. COVID-19-related news has dominated headlines for months and it has been easy to disregard the leadership race that could determine who will be Canada’s next prime

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