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Brady Deaton, a University of Guelph agricultural economist and McCain Family Chair in Food Security, was the University of Manitoba’s 2017 Kraft Lecturer.
His lecture underscored the importance of communities, such as First Nations, progressing when they have authority to manage themselves instead of being constrained by rules such as the Indian Act. This was the 9th annual Kraft Lecture created in memoriam of renowned University of Manitoba agricultural economist DarylKraft.

Local control key to better resource management

Brady Deaton, the University of Manitoba’s 9th annual Kraft Lecturer, says the Indian Act prevents First Nations from taking action to improve their citizens’ well-being

Justin Trudeau has promised to end boil-water advisories on First Nations, but some could fix the problem themselves by working with neighbours if First Nations controlled their land, says University of Guelph agricultural economist and McCain Family Chair in Food Security, Brady Deaton. “With respect to land, I am arguing the Indian Act basically removes

Supply management compensation plan rumours dismissed by Ritz

News reports suggest the federal government may yield to outside pressure 
to grant increased access to Canadian markets

A front page Globe and Mail article claiming the federal government is planning a compensation scheme for supply management farmers “is pure speculation,” says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The newspaper said the compensation would be intended to blunt the impact on supply management from Canada joining the Trans-Pacific Pact. Speculation about a TPP deal this


Editorial: More to TPP than milk and eggs

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and what a deal could mean for Canadian producers

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement now under negotiation involves 12 of the world’s largest economies, and has been described as “NAFTA on steroids.” What’s holding it up? Canadian dairy farmers. Or so you’d think about reading some of the national and international media coverage. Some of it made us think of the coverage of

Brazil planning giant Amazon soybean port

rio de janeiro / reuters / Brazilian port authorities are planning a new grains port in the Amazon region, a terminal designed to become the country’s largest soybean export centre and to slash transportation costs for farmers, the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported Feb. 18. The proposed 18-million-tonne-a-year Port of Outeiro would be built

Eastern moose hunt suspended

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship says it is temporarily closing all moose hunting in strategic areas north of Pine Falls and south of Bissett. The closure comes a year after licensed hunting was closed in Game Hunting Area (GHA) 26. Moose populations have declined by almost 50 per cent in this part of the province


Hay, Straw Prices Variable This Fall

Hay and straw may be abundant or short this fall depending on the area, and how much it will sell for is anybody s guess. Glenn Friesen, a MAFRI business development specialist based in Carman, said that al though haymaking is still in progress in many areas, yields so far are above average on higher

Brazil: The World’s 21st Century Breadbasket

Brazil has for centuries been known as a leading producer and exporter of the world’s breakfast foods – orange juice, coffee, sugar and cocoa. But over the past 2-1/2 decades since the opening of the economy to foreign investment, Latin America’s largest economy has also become a leading producer of important grains and meats, through

Hamm Mennonite Housebarn Now A Museum

The village of Neubergthal, in which the former Hamm Housebarn sits, is a National Historic Site, recognized for the impressive number of surviving traditional- style “housebarns” that characterized almost all early Mennonite street villages in Manitoba. This vintage house was built by Bernhard and Helena Hamm in 1901. Their daughter, Margaret, and her husband Abram


The “Level Playing Field” Of Trade

Some phrases just make the heart flutter. “Call the vet,” was one that always tripped my father’s ticker. “Level the playing field of trade,” has the same effect on me. Level the playing field of trade. Hmm, is it a negotiating strategy, a goal, an ideal? Wait a second: don’t I want an unlevel field

Heavy Rains To Increase Colombia Inflation

Strong rains flooding agricultural land and washing away roads in Colombia will increase inflation but not so much as to change consumer price targets, officials said Dec. 6. Bad weather has affected commodity-producing countries worldwide, from rains stalling the wheat harvest in Australia to dry spells in some of Argentina’s soy-growing areas and oil refinery