In looking back at the top stories of 2021, a few themes emerge: the year was one of uncertainty, friction, and rising costs.
Yes, there were some high points, such as the dream of a snack-fetching drone and announcements of planned domestic processing, but for most of the year, labour issues, supply chain disruption, and escalating prices dominated the news cycle.
The year was also one of policy movement, too. A federal election late in the year was less of a focus than the policy bent of both the previous and current government — that is, looking at all problems through a climate action lens. In 2022, we’ll continue to follow how agriculture will be treated by the carbon tax system, and how emission reduction targets may impact fertilizer use or access. Assuming, of course, farmers can get their hands on what they need for the #plant22 growing season.
Following a third consecutive win in her riding in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the prime minister has once again tapped Marie-Claude Bibeau to represent agriculture. Kelvin Heppner had the opportunity to speak to the minister after her appointment.