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Comment: Farmers, public deserve clarity on future of Farm Credit Canada

Just what did the Liberal campaign promise to alter FCC really mean?

Glacier FarmMedia – The Liberals’ vague promise to expand and enhance Farm Credit Canada (FCC) remains as unclear now as it was when it was proposed ahead of the last federal election. There is still no clear indication as to how Ottawa will rename FCC to “Farm and Food Development Canada,” let alone what that

Canadians should brace for a major effect on food supply chains worldwide.

Comment: The fine art of panic buying

Supply chains will be disrupted, but in chaos is also opportunity

Reports on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting global supply chains and disrupting manufacturing operations around the world are increasing daily, and these effects may not yet have reached their peak, at least not in North America. This may happen, however, over the next few weeks. Grocers and food retailers are likely engaging their vendors


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



A demonstrator stands at a blockade on CN track west of Edmonton on Feb. 19, 2020.

Editor’s Take: Leadership needed on rail blockades

Where do the rights of protesters end and the responsibility of government begin? In the Canada of 2020, that’s no longer a rhetorical question or a philosophical exercise. It’s a reality that governments and citizens find themselves grappling with. The recent rail blockades are disrupting lives and the national economy with serious repercussions. For a

Comment: The China syndrome

China’s new role as a global economic leader makes it important the country shoulders its transparency responsibilities

When SARS hit back in 2003, China was nowhere near the economic powerhouse it is today. Now, if something happens to China, the entire world is affected. Even though the coronavirus outbreak is starting to slow, the economic damage will easily surpass that of SARS. China accounts for a much larger share of commodities demand

A speaker at the recent CropConnect conference in Winnipeg says one changing demographic isn’t getting enough attention.

Editorial: Feeding a hungry world? Yes, but…

A senior executive of the largest social research company in the world is cutting a wide swath through the rhetoric pushing farmers to keep ramping up production to feed a hungry world. “It’s all nonsense,” Darrell Bricker told the farmers attending CropConnect 2020 in Winnipeg. The CEO of IPSOS public affairs has written two books


The United Grain Growers 45,000-bushel elevator at Minnedosa in 1969.

Comment: Looking back at when co-ops ruled the elevator business

A new book reveals new information on the last days of the Prairie grain co-ops

If you’re younger, you may find it hard to believe that farmers used to own most of the Prairie grain and grain-processing industry and that they received part of the profits every year. If you’re older, you may know that, but wonder how that changed so quickly. And did it have to change? That’s the

The farm sector isn’t yet well positioned to fix its labour shortage problem — and it’s not entirely clear large parts of it can be.

Editor’s Take: Farm labour in short supply

Ordinarily, when there’s a shortage of something in the marketplace, classic economic theory tells us prices will rise along with demand, until producers create more of whatever is in short supply. It works for manufacturing, mining and even farming, where the old saying is that “nothing solves high prices like high prices,” alluding to the