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Biden transition team holds talks with biofuel groups -sources

New York | Reuters – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has held calls with biofuel groups on topics including compliance with U.S. biofuel blending laws and Biden’s low-carbon climate vision, according to two sources familiar with the conversations. The discussions with biofuel trade groups as well as POET, a top company in the cellulosic […] Read more

Critical thinking and mutual respect are the bedrock of successful, free societies. We don’t have to agree all the time, just understand when we can, and ways to get around when we can’t.

Level-headed thinking — not unbridled anger — builds prosperity

The U.S. situation is a lesson on what happens when people can no longer see other points of view

Our closest, most important social and economic neighbour is having a rough time right now. As Canadians and members of the agriculture sector, we need to pay closer attention to it. That doesn’t mean speculating on how we might be economically impacted either. We need to watch the United States and learn what happens when […] Read more


Agriculture is key to the post-pandemic revival, says farm group

The sector can help restart Canada’s economy but Ottawa needs to do its part, says Grain Growers of Canada

Glacier FarmMedia – Agriculture can help revitalize Canada’s post-COVID economy, but the federal government should clear the track for it. That means updating regulations to encourage technological innovation, improving market access for agricultural exports and recognizing farm practices that help the environment, says the Grain Growers of Canada. That was the message the farm group […] Read more

Kelly-Smith Fraser, Kristine Smith and Aubrey Smith Fraser (front) of Nuhaven Cattle Co. with Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen.

Alberta agriculture shines ‘during these tough times’

Government touts record crop production, rebound in cattle sector, and food processing

The provincial governments says “record crops and strengthened cattle prices are leading Alberta’s economic recovery.” “Crop yields are estimated to hit a new record high in Alberta with farmers harvesting more than seven per cent above what is normal,” the government said in a news release. “Livestock market sales are estimated to also reach a […] Read more


A scrappy White House administration with no reverence for the hard-fought gains in global rules-based trading over the past three decades has had the entire agricultural sector on edge.

Opinion: The bar has been set lower in this new era of global trade

‘No loss’ is the definition of winning as the new version of NAFTA comes into effect

While many Canadians were enjoying backyard barbecues this summer after months of being isolated from family and friends, the country quietly embarked on a new era of trade with two of its largest trading partners. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), referred to as the CUSMA in Canadian documents, came into force to replace the North American Free […] Read more

Feds put up $58.6 M for temporary foreign worker supports

Glacier FarmMedia – The federal government is announcing $58.6 million in new money to further support temporary foreign workers in Canada’s agricultural sector, it was announced July 31. Spending is expected to focus on health and safety of temporary foreign workers in Canada. Farmers will be eligible to access $35 million, administrated through Agriculture and […] Read more


Opinion: Ending carbon tax not an electable position for leadership candidates

Glacier FarmMedia – Canadians can be forgiven for offering little more than passing shrugs at the ongoing Conservative Party of Canada leadership race. The ongoing pandemic, the governing Liberals’ handling of it, and the WE Charity scandal side dish are consuming our attention. At least for me, the political and cultural fractures in the United […] Read more

U.S. farm aid began shooting up in 2018 thanks to Washington’s ‘market facilitation program’ but will go sky high this year after President Donald Trump pledged $16 billion for farmers hurt by the pandemic. “I tell you, you can go back to Abraham Lincoln, there’s no president who has treated the farmers as well as Trump,” the president said in announcing the payout in May.

Farm aid is raining down south of the border, but not in Canada

Alberta farmers say they don’t want bailouts – but effective risk management programs are needed

American farmers will receive record-high amounts of farm aid this year, but Canadian producers say they don’t want a handout — just a business risk management program that works. The current programs, such as AgriStability, don’t function well, said Sexsmith-area farmer Greg Sears. “It’s not predictable, it’s not timely, and it rarely pays out — […] Read more


Nationally, farm net cash income was $12.95 billion, up six per cent overall

Not the best of times, but farm income rose in 2019

After a big drop two years ago, net income rose last year — and cannabis became a major crop

Alberta farm income more than doubled last year. But it’s not as good as it sounds, even if you have been indulging in some of what is suddenly the province’s third-largest cash crop. Net farm income in Alberta in 2019 was just north of $671 million — which is well above the 2018 figure of […] Read more

High-profile ag committee to advise province

The UCP government has set up a number of advisory groups with high-profile members, including the Economic Recovery Council that includes former prime minister Stephen Harper among its members. The newest advisory panel is called the Champions of Agriculture. The group will provide “strategic advice and recommendations on emerging issues and priorities related to consumer […] Read more