Category: Opinion

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 »

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Is Trudeau’s progressive agenda hurting free trade talks?

By: Shaun Haney

December 5, 2017

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In the first half of 2017, I repeatedly supported the Trudeau government on their trade strategy. They seemed to be focused on diversifying Canadian...Read more »

Canadian farmers, we are better together

By: Guest Author

November 16, 2017

Stock photo. (Debra Murphy, 2016)

Editor’s note: This letter was submitted by Jeff Nonay in response to a column written by Shaun Haney that was published on Nov. 13th. Nonay...Read more »

Hey dairy, what about the rest of us?

By: Shaun Haney

November 13, 2017

It really seems that NAFTA is on thin ice, and this proverbial frozen trade pond seems to be full of cracks. North American agriculture is holding...Read more »

Real science corrects mistakes. Time for IARC to do the same.

By: Guest Author

October 27, 2017

The headquarters for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon,
France (Source: Kennydu69, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

A guest editorial submitted by Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada: I likely can’t count the number of times I have spoken or written the...Read more »

Why U.S. dairy has more to lose than gain in NAFTA negotiations

By: Shaun Haney

October 26, 2017

Since the U.S. opened the NAFTA talks, and even before that, U.S. Dairy Export Council President Tom Vilsack has been pushing hard for more dairy...Read more »

On NAFTA: the U.S. is not negotiating, it’s making demands

By: Shaun Haney

October 18, 2017

(Photo by Gage Skidmore; Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

As round four of the NAFTA talks comes to a close, you have to wonder why it took the U.S. this long to finally come around to the stiff demands laid...Read more »

U.S. expected to come out swinging in round four of NAFTA talks

By: Shaun Haney

October 7, 2017

The first three rounds of the three city touring NAFTA talks have seen many handshakes, a few trials balloons and agreement on predictable texts....Read more »

A young farmer’s letter to Bill Morneau

By: Guest Author

October 2, 2017

(photo courtesy Stewart Skinner)

Editor’s note: This letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau was submitted to RealAgriculture by Stewart Skinner, a young pig farmer from Listowel,...Read more »

Questions linger about U.S. commitment to completing new NAFTA deal

By: Kelvin Heppner

September 28, 2017

Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and U.S. Trade Secretary Robert Lighthizer making their closing statements after round three of NAFTA talks in Ottawa.

Negotiators are trying to ignore the politics and noise surrounding their attempt to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the big...Read more »

Ag minister avoids saying much on tax changes

By: Kelvin Heppner

September 15, 2017

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (file photo, AAFC)

With farmers, farm organizations, and accounting firms that work in agriculture voicing serious concerns about the federal government’s proposed...Read more »

Both MacAulay and Perdue need to step up for agriculture

By: Shaun Haney

September 11, 2017

MacAulay (centre), Perdue (right) and Mexico’s Jose Calzada enjoying some Georgia ice cream back in June (source: @SecretarySonny, Twitter).

Sonny Perdue and Lawrence MacAulay have their obvious differences. One is American and the other is Canadian. One has right wing politics and the...Read more »

Getting crunched: Government squeezes on farms are adding up

By: Andrew Campbell

September 6, 2017

I’m fortunate enough to get to meet all kinds of farmers. Usually when we meet, the conversation is a standard one. What’s the weather been like...Read more »

43% of equipment dealers believe their new equipment inventory is too high

By: Shaun Haney

August 25, 2017

Whether you are running a retail dress shop, bakery or a Best Buy, managing your inventory is critical to achieving financial success.  Having...Read more »

“We’ll probably end up terminating NAFTA” – President Trump

By: Shaun Haney

August 23, 2017

In a speech that reminded everyone that Donald Trump loves to campaign maybe even more than actually being President, the foundations of NAFTA could...Read more »

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