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As the White House openly panders to its rural voters, China, wall or no wall, continues to play the long game.

Comment: U.S. trade policy hits the Great Wall

China plays the long game; United States keeps getting played

Several years ago, when Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Tom Friedman was asked to choose which rising Asian nation, China or India, he’d bet the farm on, Friedman didn’t hesitate to pick India. The reason, he explained, was that while both nations were on an expressway to the future, India, the world’s largest democracy, had an open

Comment: Telling Canada’s wheat story

New crop mission will promote Canadian durum across the Atlantic Ocean

Have you ever heard of new crop missions? Probably not. Most farmers I’ve talked to over the past couple of months have never heard of them. But they are a critical component of our sales process to our overseas buyers, and this year, I have the privilege of being the farmer on the durum trip.


Comment: Agriculture faces challenges with Liberal minority government

With only four Winnipeg Liberal MPs elected from the Prairies, the sector will fight not to be sidelined

Agriculture didn’t get a lot of attention during the recent federal election and that’s not likely to change with the new Liberal minority government. The government’s priority is survival. That means a laser-like focus on immediate issues, as well as fulfilling major election promises — affordability, climate change and a national pharmacare program. The ‘progressive’

Comment: Where is agriculture in Election 2019?

As a farmer, who grows soybeans, wheat and canola in Manitoba and as a leader in the sector as chair of Soy Canada, I am compelled to raise my voice publicly, as agriculture affects all Canadians. The outcome of this election will shape our nation over the next four years. We need a government with


Editor’s Take: Picking food fights

Milk, in particular Canada’s supply management system, has always been a preoccupation of our southern neighbours. If you want to make someone in the U.S. agriculture sector go apoplectic in short order, just bring up the subject. To quote the current occupant of the White House in a tweet launched in the midst of USMCA

Comment: Who’s in charge of agricultural policy?

Harvest will take top billing in farmers’ minds as we put in the long hours that lie ahead of us, but other issues must be considered. Two of the most important are Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) attack on farmers’ right to freely use our own seed, and AAFC’s seemingly unsupervised rewriting of the Canada



Comment: The dark side of the Non-GMO Project

Critics say this effort has gone awry and is now firmly in the realm of ‘absence claim abuse’

Most consumers have seen the Non-GMO logos on bread and many other food products while shopping at the grocery store. Today in North America, the Non-GMO Project Verified logo is on over 50,000 food products that bring in more than US$30 billion in retail sales. The green leaves and the orange butterfly are literally everywhere

There are a handful of fatalities every year because parents didn’t find that safe balance between the necessities of work and childcare — plus their desire to inspire.

Comment: Combining work, life and farm safety

Keeping kids safe on the farm is a complex balance

It’s a story that’s sending a collective shudder through the farming community — and a powerful message. A four-year-old boy died of head injuries last year after he fell out of the skid-steer bucket he was riding in with his brother while their father was using it to move wood chips on their Ontario farm.

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