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Canada Beef’s First President Focusing On Strengths

While the term “mega-agency” has been used to describe Canada Beef Inc. (CBI), its very first president prefers to think in smaller, more specialized terms. “It’s funny, you know, I’ve heard that ‘mega-agency’ term and frankly, I see it a little bit differently. I see it more from a boutique point of view. We’re going

It’s Time To Move On

Allen Oberg, chairman of the Canadian Wheat Board, spoke about the future of the CWB at the Western Canadian Farm Progress Show in Regina recently. While reading and listening to his presentation online, I was struck with just how much this debate is now focused on the plight of the reformed CWB, and not about


This One’s For You Dad

All spring, even before the last of the snowbanks finally disappeared, a meadowlark has frequently been on a fence post close to my back door. Not too significant, perhaps, but meadowlarks have always reminded me of my dad. He loved to hear them in the springtime and would stop when we were out walking in

What’s Up With May’s Weather?

After a week of really nice weather across much of agricultural Manitoba, we saw the weather turn back to cool, wet conditions. Some of the comments I’ve been hearing about the weather are that our seasons are off by a month, or simply that Mays appear to be getting wetter and colder. At first I

Editor’s Note – for Apr. 7, 2011

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Editor’s Note – for Mar. 17, 2011

If you have any stories, ideas, photos or a comment on what you’d like to see on these pages, send it to Country Crossroads, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1, phone1-800-782-0794,fax204-944-5562, email [email protected] I’d love to hear from you. Please remember we cannot return submitted material – Sue

Mother Hubbard’s Empty CCC Cupboard

On a sunny, sub-zero day 20 or so years ago, the great-grandson of a Kansas homesteader related one of the most important lessons passed on to him by his family’s boom-bust-boom generations of dryland farming. “My grandfather,” he offered, “taught us that it’s not the choices you make in the bad times that usually cause

Editor’s Note – for Mar. 10, 2011

If you have any stories, ideas, photos or a comment on what you’d like to see on these pages, send it to Country Crossroads, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1, phone1-800-782-0794,fax204-944-5562, email [email protected] I’d love to hear from you. Please remember we cannot return submitted material – Sue


Editor’s Note – for Feb. 24, 2011

If you have any stories, ideas, photos or a comment on what you’d like to see on these pages, send it toCountry Crossroads, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1, phone1-800-782-0794,fax204-944-5562, email [email protected] I’d love to hear from you. Please remember we cannot return submitted material – Sue

“Corn Pone” Opinions Don’t Serve Farmers

I would like to respond to John DePape’s ongoing criticism of the Canadian Wheat Board and DePape’s disparaging remarks about Travacon. Travacon has been called upon as an expert witness on several high-level rail hearings and it was Travacon’s analysis