Category: Opinion

The crux of populist politics for agriculture

By: Shaun Haney

February 15, 2018

Greenhouse harvest is labour intensive and difficult to automate

Farmers and ranchers across Canada and the United States identify with a hard day’s work, family, and a life away from the hustle and bustle of the...Read more »

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The incredible foolishness of boycotting Alberta Beef

By: Debra Murphy

February 8, 2018

Photo: Canada Beef Inc.

Despite British Columbia Premier John Horgan’s assurance that getting involved in a trade war is not his intent, rumours of a looming Alberta Beef...Read more »

Nigerian sales growth shows how trade missions add value to Canadian wheat

By: Guest Author

February 6, 2018

Greg Porozni discusses the Canadian wheat crop with customers in Africa. Nigeria has the third largest under-18 population in the world, after India and China. (supplied photo)

by Greg Porozni, Alberta farmer and Cereals Canada director As part of the 2017 New Crop Missions, “Team Canadian Wheat” visited Canada’s top...Read more »

Water is the ultimate public good. So why doesn’t the public pay for its protection?

By: Lyndsey Smith

February 6, 2018

Sheep drinking at, but not walking into, the creek. Photo credit: Lyndsey Smith, 2017

I wrote a column last week that caused quite a stir, as was the intention. My tongue-in-cheek title did what it was intended to do: it sparked...Read more »

Which decade would you choose to farm in?

By: Shaun Haney

January 18, 2018

Paul Nigh’s ‘’ Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine

A talk radio show I frequently listen to was recently discussing the hypothetical question: if you could pause your age at any point you chose, when...Read more »

The NAFTA timeline has become indeterminate

By: Shaun Haney

January 16, 2018

President Trump speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville last week (photo courtesy American Farm Bureau Federation)

It was a timeline that was described as aggressive and fast, but not totally impossible. Early in the NAFTA renegotiations, everyone recognized that...Read more »

What should a farmer look like?

By: Andrew Campbell

January 12, 2018

Whenever I watch television, it doesn’t take very long before a dentist or doctor appears in a commercial, telling you which toothpaste to use or...Read more »

Piers Morgan trolls trolling vegans in support of farmer breakfasts

By: Shaun Haney

January 7, 2018

Courtesy of North Wales Rural Crime Unit

In an era where “offensive” seems to have an ever-widening set of definitions, a group of police officers found themselves under the defensive...Read more »

Activists pushing to tax meat like cigarettes

By: Shaun Haney

January 6, 2018

According to the dictionary, a sin tax is “a tax on items considered undesirable or harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco.” There is mounting...Read more »

Reflections on 2017 and forecasts for the new year

By: RealAgriculture News Team

December 31, 2017

Photo by Leigh Graves Wolf (Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This December, to recognize the year that has passed, and to look to the start of 2018, we decided to create a short questionnaire for a few of our...Read more »

It’s been a rough fall for Trudeau and agriculture

By: Shaun Haney

December 18, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Justin Trudeau/

Even though rural Canada voted Conservative, I personally had some hope for the Trudeau government. For me it was a case of giving them the benefit...Read more »

Bringing mental health first aid to the agricultural mainstream

By: Debra Murphy

December 14, 2017

Photo: Debra Murphy, 2017

I was in a conference call around access to mental health services last month, and a question came up that I’m sure a great many of us have...Read more »

Local newspapers disappearing from the fabric of rural communities

By: Shaun Haney

December 14, 2017

So what makes a rural community? Some people believe that it is about the hospital, the hockey rink, the school or maybe the post office. What about...Read more »

No, agriculture won’t be quiet, Mr. Ross

By: Shaun Haney

December 13, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (Jay Premack/DOC)

We often hear that farmers need to tell their story. Farmers need to speak up and make sure their concerns are heard and are understood by...Read more »

Concerns about canola-on-canola acres rising

By: Shaun Haney

December 12, 2017

As farmers finalize and consider their crop decisions for 2018 with a lot more detail, there are some developing conversations that are creating a...Read more »