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Comment: Bayer settlement aimed at getting back to business

Lawsuit was putting the safety of glyphosate in the legal realm, not the scientific

Imagine buying a house that you’ve always had your eye on only to learn that some seemingly fixable flaws were actually masking a much more deeply rooted problem. That’s the situation Bayer CropScience found itself in shortly after sealing its US$63-billion takeover bid for rival life science company Monsanto in 2018. It became clear early

Editor’s Take: Unwiring the world

A couple years ago I was out at the farm for a few days and my brother asked me to bid on something in an online auction sale for him. He had other commitments so he told me the lot number, what he was willing to pay, and wished me luck. I was going to

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

It has been estimated that 250 million people are at risk of facing acute hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editorial: A global barn raising

Whenever you hear people romanticizing the good old days of pioneering life on the Prairies, the nostalgia is almost always tied to the community spirit. By most measures, the early settlers lived a miserable existence. But they were all in it together and all working towards the same end, firstly to survive and then to

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


China is the largest fertilizer consumer in the world, consuming close to 50 million tonnes a year.

Comment: Fertilizers ride the coronavirus storm

Economies may struggle in the wake of COVID, but fertilizers remain essential and available

The domino effect of the coronavirus, as it has spread across the globe, has so far had a limited impact on the fertilizer industry. However, the full effects of the global pandemic are starting to show in some sectors owing to cash flow problems caused by decomposing crops, such as fruit and vegetables. China, having

The biggest challenge we have faced has been the lack of reliable internet connections outside of the school setting, due to inadequate rural internet services.

Comment: Pandemic shows value of local education oversight

Local input in the form of school boards can tailor solutions to the area

On Friday, May 29, the Winnipeg Free Press published a front-page article “‘Pandemic-proof pedagogical system’: Lessons as usual for Hutterite colonies.” During this time of suspended in-person classes due to the COVID pandemic, the article explained how across the province “an easy upload to distance learning has been all but impossible for teachers and students.”

Editor’s Take: Living through history

Historic times are rarely comfortable times. Ask your ancestors who, in the first half of the last century alone lived through two world wars, one economic collapse, and a mega-drought. Or for that matter the millennials of today, who have so far survived one global financial crisis and a pandemic, with another economic crisis on


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

Going down: the true farm income picture

Farmers have seen their wealth creation scooped up by others for decades

Farm income up in 2019” was the front-page headline in the June 4 Co-operator. Though superficially true, a closer look at the numbers demonstrates the opposite, and reveals a troubling picture. How we measure and report farm income matters. Net cash income, the measure used in the June 4 story, omits depreciation — the value