Category: Opinion

New data shows rural Canada should be concerned about opioid use

By: Shaun Haney

June 20, 2018

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It’s really easy to ignore data or information that we don’t want to hear. In this case, we cannot afford to ignore the impact that opioids are...Read more »

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Foodsplaining celebrities fail on facts

By: Shaun Haney

June 19, 2018

Natalie Portman (Photo by Siebbi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Actress Natalie Portman was a guest last week on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” talking about a new film that she narrates called...Read more »

Why parliament must pass the CPTPP: Cereals Canada

By: Guest Author

June 14, 2018

This op-ed was submitted by Daniel Ramage, director of market development with Cereals Canada Implementing legislation for the Comprehensive and...Read more »

Poll: Is it positive for the GMO debate for Bayer to retire the name Monsanto?

By: Kelvin Heppner

June 5, 2018

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The name Monsanto is headed for retirement. Bayer has confirmed it will no longer use the name after it closes its US$63 billion acquisition of...Read more »

Trudeau confirms flexibility on dairy in NAFTA talks, but what does that mean?

By: Kelvin Heppner

June 4, 2018

A still image from Justin Trudeau’s appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press this past weekend.

The Canadian government was on the media offensive this past weekend, after the U.S. administration applied steel and aluminum tariffs to imports...Read more »

Carbon tax fails to recognize farming’s worth

By: Dale Leftwich

May 28, 2018

A funny thing happened on the way to carbon pricing in Canada. What looked like smooth sailing has run into some very turbulent waters. Farmers, for...Read more »

In 30 years, will farming be as controversial as oil & gas is now?

By: Lyndsey Smith

May 22, 2018

I read a column recently that made my stomach drop, just a little. The article, a sign-off from seasoned journalist Claudia Cattaneo, showcased not...Read more »

Let’s keep family in the family farm

By: Shaun Haney

May 9, 2018

Photo by Katie Morrow (Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The agricultural industry is changing very quickly on many fronts. Whether it is risk management, human resources, or the latest in technology,...Read more »

Acquiring top farm talent through new-to-agriculture strategies

By: Shaun Haney

May 7, 2018

We recently posted a new episode of our Mind Your Farm Business podcast that focuses on human resource management. In conversation with four farmers...Read more »

You’re right to be terrified of the word “fair”

By: Shaun Haney

May 4, 2018

Pumpkin pie photo by Daniel Catt; Flickr; CC BY-SA 2.0

“Fair” must be one of the most commonly used words in the English language. It most certainly is one of the most dangerous. It gets used and...Read more »

Liberals missing out on an easy win by not ratifying CPTPP

By: Shaun Haney

April 28, 2018

Canada signed its name on the dotted line at the CPTPP signing ceremony in Chile on March 6th, 2018. But unfortunately, agriculture and other...Read more »

Farmers calling a bluff on trade disruptions, based on StatsCan seeding intention report

By: Shaun Haney

April 27, 2018

The issue: Taking a look at Friday’s StatsCan report, it looks like Canadian farmers are calling the bet on geopolitical trade disruptions. It...Read more »

Trump revives U.S. agriculture’s CPTPP hopes, at no cost

By: Kelvin Heppner

April 13, 2018

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President Donald Trump revived the U.S. agriculture industry’s hopes of participating in the trade deal now known as CPTPP (Comprehensive and...Read more »

Sitting on the right side of the fence on a trade war with China

By: Shaun Haney

April 7, 2018

This week has been laced with trade threats, drama, and fear for agricultural commodity markets, all based on the possibility of a trade war between...Read more »

CFIA now says Non-GMO Project Verified doesn’t mean non-GMO

By: Andrew Campbell

April 5, 2018

After forcing some companies to change their labels over complaints of the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)...Read more »