An election Canada sign is shown during a recent game at the Edmonton Expo Centre.

Agriculture unlikely to get much election focus

Conservatives to continue dominance of rural ridings

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agriculture is not expected to feature heavily in political debates held in advance of Canada’s Sept. 20 federal vote.  Since taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had plenty of opportunity to demonstrate to farmers that his version of the Liberal party can work for them. He has failed to convince farmers, however, […] Read more

Opinion: Glyphosate a tool for farmers, not a politician’s tactic

Opinion: Glyphosate a tool for farmers, not a politician’s tactic

Glyphosate review aimed to bring Canada’s limits in line with international norms

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Ahead of a federal election call, three federal ministers called a halt to a process that would likely have yielded quick results on increasing the maximum residue limits for glyphosate applied to dry beans, lentils and peas. Regular reviews of the scientific data for safe levels of pesticides on food products and […] Read more

From left: Federal Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau, federal Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole, and federal New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh.

Labour shortages, carbon tax and next policy framework top agriculture election priorities

Canadian agriculture has repeatedly been identified as a sector for economic growth

Reading Time: 4 minutes Farm groups say they want federal political parties to prioritize agricultural issues in the federal election. Their main requests include Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, like AgriStability, climate change, environmental concerns and trade and market access.  Why it matters: The pandemic provided a focus on agriculture’s critical role in feeding the nation and in post-pandemic […] Read more

The World Trade Organization’s agri-food agreement is decades old and out of date, and observers say a new agreement must limit the scope for non-tariff trade barriers such as phytosanitary standards.

Trading nations hope for reinvigorated WTO

Countries from three continents plan to meet later this year to begin the process of fixing the World Trade Organization

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Food exporters and importers on three continents are hoping the World Trade Organization (WTO) can get back on its feet, and soon. They also hope an upcoming summit will put the WTO on a path that not only returns it to previous functionality but also helps it climb higher on the evolutionary […] Read more

American cattle producers have asked the U.S. Congress and federal regulators for years to strengthen the Product of USA label. It could be bad news for Canadian producers if their U.S. counterparts get their way.

Momentum builds for Product of USA label

American cattle producers support the Biden administration as it forges ahead with ‘top to bottom’ review of meat labels

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It’s nearly a certainty that America will change its Product of the USA label for meat. President Joe Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack seem determined to clear up confusion over the voluntary labeling program and make it easier to understand. In the first week of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture […] Read more

Doug Hedley, assistant deputy minister of farm financial programs from 2001-04, says AgriRecovery is the right program to use during this year’s widespread drought.

More flexibility urged for next ag policy round

Former assistant deputy agriculture minister says farm programs must be designed differently because world has changed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Rising east-west tensions could erode the foundation of Canada’s agricultural policy framework even as governments negotiate the next one, says a former federal civil servant. Douglas Hedley, in a paper commissioned by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, said the stability established through common policies 20 years ago is now shaky. He helped […] Read more

Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, left, and Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South-Hespeler, share a quick conversation before a funding announcement in Kitchener, July 29, 2021.

Ontario ag minister Thompson steps into new role

Focus on growing efficiencies, market share and innovation top new ag minister’s to-do list

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lisa Thompson has a quick, warm smile and a penchant for direct eye contact when engaging in conversation.  Her open nature can momentarily eclipse her razor-sharp observational skills and the wealth of knowledge she brings to the table as a farmer, businessperson and politician.  “I think the foundation to addressing any situation, whether it’s good […] Read more

Opinion: Drought-prompted AgriStability changes not a sign of continued co-operation

Opinion: Drought-prompted AgriStability changes not a sign of continued co-operation

Reading Time: 2 minutes A drought forced the federal and western Canadian governments to reach an agreement on AgriStability but is it a sign of what’s to come? Near the start of August, the two governments agreed to allow Saskatchewan producers early access to the 2021 payments to which they are entitled.  The two ministers of agriculture involved, Marie-Claude […] Read more

Farmers have long been repairing their own equipment. However, the tools needed for many modern machines extend well beyond the toolbox. Who holds the information to make those fixes and tools to do it have been a bone of contention between the machinery industry and producers.

American farmers’ right to repair powered by the president

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – U.S. President Joe Biden has issued an executive order on a farmer’s right to repair equipment. Biden signed the order July 9 that asks the Federal Trade Commission to force large manufacturers, including tech companies and agricultural equipment makers, to let consumers repair their own devices or use the technician of their […] Read more

The existing suite of farm support programs designed to help farmers with business risk management, support industry innovation, and disaster recovery expires in 2023.

Opinion: Farm policy for the future

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s safe to say that most farmers in Canada don’t really know the history of farm policy developments in this country and they don’t really care.  What they do care about is whether supports will be there for them in their times of need, whether that’s when dealing with this year’s drought, last year’s pandemic […] Read more