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Comment: Global economy hit by severest shock since 1930s

Fast policy response necessary to reduce impact of secondary rounds

Reuters – Recessions often start with a small drop in activity which then progressively deepens over subsequent months as the second- and higher-round effects on the economy start to occur. But the current business cycle downturn looks very different. In terms of its scale and sudden onset, there is no parallel since the end of

Comment: COVID crisis captivates conspiracy theorists

Some groups and activists are wrongly claiming that modern agriculture is responsible for the rise of viruses that originate in animals and migrate to humans

Cornell Alliance for Science – In the face of a global catastrophe like COVID-19, it’s only natural that frightened, anxious people try to ascribe blame. The problems arise when they demonize the wrong villain — especially for ideological or political motives. Most recently, some have begun trying to blame this novel strain of coronavirus on

Editorial: COVID-19 is changing the conversation around food

On one hand, the federal government stated the obvious when it identified the food system as one of the 10 critical infrastructures supporting Canadians during the pandemic crisis. After all, who can survive without food? Nevertheless, the guidance document issued by Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair recently sent an important signal, one

Letters: Agriculture deemed essential

The COVID-19 virus is impacting all facets of our communities, the economy and our province. On March 30, the chief provincial public health officer issued the new health order with a schedule of critical services. Agriculture and all aspects related to food production and the food supply chain are listed as essential services. Our government

Letters: Border open for business

I enjoyed reading your article “Are farm machinery parts essential business?” in last week’s Co-operator however, I feel I could add valuable information for farmers. I work as a consultant in agriculture and also run a small manufacturing business out of my home shop. Many of the materials needed for my small business come from


2020 U.S. farm income prospects in the aftermath of COVID-19 are dismal.

Comment: Prepare for the worst, pray for the best

One thing is certain, the pain from COVID-19 will be very real

Despite overwhelming evidence from literally every corner of the world, a farmer friend recently related to me that three rural acquaintances had assured him that “this whole virus thing is just a big hoax to bring down Trump.” If so, there’s now 100,000-plus graves, more than a half-million hospital patients, and trillions of dollars of

Opinion: COVID-19 reveals a labour weakness

COVID-19: Foreign workers a delicate issue as domestic unemployment soars

Glacier FarmMedia – A weak spot in Canada’s food system is being revealed by COVID-19. Despite the federal government allowing temporary foreign workers into the country, there are still concerns not enough will be able to reach Canada in time. Whole sections of foreign bureaucracies are closed, including visa offices in some countries, making it

Comment: ‘Behold the fowls of the air… ’

We can plan all we want but luck will weigh in too

My father wasn’t a stoic. Instead, his temperament was one of acceptance. He simply accepted the fact that he wasn’t in complete control of most things on the farm. Sure, he was boss over everything in sight: hundreds of acres, 100 dairy cows, five farmhand sons, three hired men, and his unpredictable, iron-bending Uncle Honey.


Comment: February was a paradox. March delivered a pandemic

Coronavirus is taking the spring out of spring

February is a paradox. Leap year or not, it’s the shortest month of the year yet it always feels like the longest month of winter. Then March appears with its light, colour, and hope. That’s what is needed this March as political leaders, markets, and the world economy tumble into a virus-choked mudhole. Worse, this

Debate over seed royalties could be nearing end

A pilot project could be the beginning of the end for this long-standing issue

The long-awaited process of determining the future of seed royalty rates in Canada is approaching its final stages. At least, it seems that way. Consider first the process officially began in 2013 when the then federal government led by the Conservative party introduced a law allowing royalty collection on seeds. (Some may recognize this as

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