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Costco is creating a poultry hub in Nebraska that will grow, slaughter, and distribute two million whole chickens a week.

Comment: Costco and Walmart want you in their ‘chain’

Two recent moves into Big Ag by Big Retail bear close watching. In mid-2018 Walmart began bottling milk in a newly built facility near Ft. Wayne, Ind., for 500 of its stores. In doing so, this newcomer shoved an industry veteran, Dean Foods, its former bottler, out the door and with Dean went 100 or

Comment: How the supply management lobby influences politics

My unsuccessful federal leadership campaign is proof the sector has outsized political influence — for now

The following is a lightly edited excerpt of a chapter on supply management from a political memoir penned by Maxime Bernier that he chose to publish online. Polls indicate that the vast majority of Canadians have little to no idea what supply management is really about. According to a survey done in the summer of


Are days numbered for supply management?

If they are it will be because of NAFTA 2.0 and Donald Trump

Canada’s supply management system is a textbook case for food sovereignty. But the social contract the system represents may need to be redrafted as we head toward North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. Supply management is a social contract between farmers and consumers. Canada’s heavily criticized quota regime for the dairy, egg and poultry

This barn at the Glenlea Research Station will be retrofitted for dairy research.

Mechanization focus of new dairy research

Dairy research facilities to get update at 
Glenlea Research Station

Dairy research in Manitoba has got a $1.4-million boost. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler made the announcement at the University of Manitoba last week, indicating the cash will be used to retrofit an existing hog barn for dairy research at the Glenlea Research Station, just south of Winnipeg. “It’s

New vision for supply management

Supply management has proven robust in important respects. Regulating production, restricting imports and offering stable returns to producers at a favourable level are the foundational pillars for supply management. The Canadian dairy industry has avoided drastic drops in milk prices, followed by prolonged low milk price periods and associated financial stress that has repeatedly occurred




Holy cow, if today’s devastatingly low-and-going-lower cattle prices continue for two and, possibly, three more years, will any independent cowboys even be around in 2020?

Livestock’s bleak industrial future

There’s not even a hint of light at the end of the tunnel

The more the American meat and milk sectors industrialize — via integrated contract production, fewer bigger players, machine-centred scale — the more these key parts of American agriculture resemble industry itself: commoditized products, razor-thin margins, and extended periods of steep losses. This shift from what we once quaintly called animal husbandry has also shifted economic


David Fisher on his farm near Hamilton, New Zealand.

Is importing milk better for the environment?

Initial government numbers for market access prove to be lowballed after full text 
of Trans-Pacific Partnership released

David Fisher isn’t shy about sharing his thoughts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Take out the Canadians and it’s going to go well,” said the longtime dairy farmer, speaking to a group of international journalists on his farm near Hamilton, New Zealand. The frustration felt by producers like Fisher, as well as those involved in negotiating

Supply management fixation may finally be coming to an end

Economist says CWB changes were positive and the same could happen for dairy

We shouldn’t kid ourselves, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal was never really about Canada. It was, in fact, about the United States’ will to undermine China, increase its commercial footprint in the region, and connect with Japan. But whatever the motivation for the deal, it is time to redefine what competitiveness really means to