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Trade liberalization isn’t popular now but former USDA chief economist and U.S. agricultural trade negotiator Joe Glauber hopes it will regain support because, in his view, it’s good for farmers.

Support for free trade ain’t what it used to be

What was ‘accepted wisdom’ is under populist attack, but a veteran American trade advocate 
expects a revival in trade liberalization because of the benefits

After more than two decades trade liberalization seems out of style, but like fat lapels or skinny ties, it’s likely to be vogue again. That’s because of the benefits, especially for farmers, says Joe Glauber, the United States Department of Agriculture’s former chief economist and senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute

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Provinces creating new dairy class

The move is seen as a proactive strike against cheap imported milk proteins

Anew initiative by Ontario milk producers could help to slow the growing flood of milk protein imports undermining the Canadian dairy industry. Dairy Farmers of Ontario has implemented a new class for dairy ingredients which will allow processors to get competitively priced milk protein concentrates domestically instead of importing them. The new milk class, known


Visitors check out Deere equipment at the National Farm Machinery show in Louisville, Kentucky on Feb. 11. With U.S. farmers bracing for a third year of declining incomes, many have said 
they can’t afford upgrades — which means tough times for Deere and rivals such as Agco, CNH and Claas.

Tighter credit heralds more pain in U.S. farming downturn

Adjusted for inflation, U.S. farm debt is at its highest levels since the 1980s

Steve Irish used to farm 450 acres of rich crop fields in east-central Illinois, but that 15-year chapter of his life ended with a recent conversation with his banker. The banker was blunt. Irish was deep in debt from the farm equipment he bought, and needed to pay back the money he owed. So now

Agricultural interests object to healthy eating recommendations

Agricultural interests object to healthy eating recommendations

Thomas Vilsack, secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appeared before the House Agriculture Committee on Oct. 7 to respond to criticism of the “Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee” by members of the agriculture committee. Chief

Camelina is a low-input oilseed that grows well in cool conditions and is capable of withstanding drought.

Camelina: A viable complementary crop

Boasting a short growing season, minimal input costs and drought tolerance, 
camelina may be a decent complementary option for Manitoba producers

There are a couple of bugs to work out, but the agronomics look good, especially in rotation with soybeans. If the market potential can be realized, camelina may become a bigger part of the crop mix in Western Canada. “The interesting thing about camelina from an agronomic point of view is that it is a


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COOL decision down to the fine points

An arbitration panel heard widely different interpretations of how much damage was done

Canada has made its final pitch to a World Trade Organization panel on the billions of dollars of damage beef and pork producers say they have suffered due to the U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) program. Now it awaits a decision on what level of retaliatory tariffs it can impose on imports of American food and

Photo taken on July 28, 2015 from NASA’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 showing algal blooms on Lake Erie.

Going against the flow on water quality issues

Strong leadership is needed to address problem of deteriorating water quality

As summer heats up so too will agriculture’s ongoing water quality problems. On July 10, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that Lake Erie’s algal bloom will be “more severe in 2015” due to “historic rains in June.” On a scale of 1 to 10, forecasts NOAA, this year’s bloom will be 8.7,

Researchers believe wild boars are more prevalent than many people realize.

Tracking the elusive but destructive wild boar

The highly reclusive wild boar may be responsible for much more 
crop damage than previously thought

Ruth Kost has never seen a wild boar before but she’s hoping that will change after a summer spent tracking the elusive beast. “They don’t like to show themselves,” said the University of Saskatchewan master’s student. “They are kind of reclusive, they avoid people… and they’re very aware of hunting pressures.” But just because you


Ag In the Classroom event

Students learn about agricultural practices through interactive event

Teachers in western Manitoba consider Agriculture in the Classroom events highly important to both urban and rural students

Canola crushing, livestock procedures and a live auction were just a few of the topics explored at Agriculture in the Classroom’s (AITC) Amazing Ag Adventure held in Brandon last week. Students from throughout western Manitoba were exposed to a variety of agriculture practices at the event, which saw the students work through 18 interactive, 10-minute

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Politics and the revenge of the food consumer

The USDA has decided to act on growing pressure and establish a voluntary program 
to label food products with non-GMO content

What was unthinkable a few years ago is now happening. In an unprecedented move, the United States Department of Agriculture has established a voluntary program to label food products with non-GMO content. Non-GMOs already exist in the marketplace, but none of them are sanctioned by the government. At the request of a global food company,