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Alberta back in national chicken quota arrangement

A new federal-provincial agreement for allocating broiler chicken quota will formally include Alberta Chicken Producers for the first time since 2013. Chicken Farmers of Canada announced Thursday it has a new federal-provincial agreement (FPA) in hand, including a new quota allocation methodology. The new deal was concluded Tuesday, CFC said, when the Farm Products Council

Editorial: Little chicken

A few years ago a potato war erupted in Manitoba. An independent market gardener had been growing table potatoes for years and selling through farmers’ markets and produce stands. With the local food market really coming into its own, he thought he’d spied a growth opportunity. Eventually he began cutting deals with larger and larger


‘Never worry about grain loss’ and supply management for eggs

Our History: August 1976

Supply management was top of mind in the August 5, 1976 issue, which lays out details of a hard-fought federal-provincial agreement to transfer control over egg marketing to the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency (CEMA). But getting the last two provincial holdouts — Manitoba and Saskatchewan — to relinquish control required a compromise. Manitoba’s Agriculture Minister

Marketing boards are failing Canadians

Canada’s agriculture marketing boards are showing signs of obsolescence, forcing commodity groups to consider desperate measures. Certainly, given the economic conditions of the last century, forming marketing boards made perfect sense. Marketing boards and agencies were designed to sell agricultural commodities throughout Canada and to the world. They were also intended to protect farmers from

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


“What is needed now is for government and industry stakeholders to come together to analyze what is needed for Canadian farmers to take full advantage of these trade deals and develop an export strategy.” – CFA president Ron Bonnett.

CFA calls for farmers, Parliament to scrutinize Trans-Pacific Partnership

The trade deal is a win for export agriculture in Western Canada, says Sylvain Charlebois

Supply management marketing boards are grudgingly accepting the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. While they don’t like giving up even a small part of their market, officials said last week they understand there are benefits for the Canadian economy and welcome the government’s pledge of up to $4.3 billion in compensation. Turkey Farmers of Canada chairman Mark

“If you look at our regulations our obligation is not to sell anything that doesn’t meet standards, which is Canada No. 1 and Canada No. 2 in the case of onions. However, we will try to find them a sale in processing or anywhere we can.” Larry McIntosh.

Veggie marketing wars continue

A second grower is taking aim at Peak’s practices

Another Manitoba vegetable grower is claiming Peak of the Market rejects too much produce, which costs growers and wastes food. Idzerd Boersma of S. B. Vegetable Growers near Portage la Prairie has joined Jeffries Brothers Vegetable Growers in calling on Peak to allow farmers to sell their own produce if Peak won’t. And it appears

It's time for the province to commission an independent review of Manitoba's vegetable marketing board.

Editorial: Time for a review of Peak

Peak of the Market is back in the news, not that it’s ever very far from it. For example, week in, week out, every issue of the Winnipeg Free Press has a large advertisement with a daily recipe from Peak, each prominently featuring a photo of CEO Larry McIntosh. However, those ads often feature vegetables


A “black year” for Canadian grain shipments

Our History: November 1974

You could lease this automatic telephone answering machine advertised for $28.30 per month ($131.47 in 2014 dollars) in our Nov. 28, 1974 issue. The editorial that week talked about a “black year” for Canadian grain shipments. Our front page reported yet another strike, this time by grain inspectors. This followed strikes by Great Lakes vessel

Waldie David Klassen
1940 –

Agricultural Hall of Fame: Waldie David Klassen

Five new members of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame were inducted July 17 at a ceremony 
in Portage la Prairie. We're featuring a new inductee each week

Waldie David Klassen was born December 9, 1940, in Steinbach, Manitoba. Waldie was raised on the family farm and in 1961 he took over part of his parents’ chicken operation. In 1962 he married Levina Unger. They have two daughters, Debora and Andrea, and one son, Wesley. Realizing that chicken farmers were at the mercy