Year: 2011

The Problem with the CWB Steamroller Campaign

Forget about the fact that the CWB’s SteamRoller campaign cost $1.4 million from the POOL account, forget about the fact it won’t stop the Ritz government and forget about the fact most farmers struggle to see the point.  The real problem with tha campaign was brought to my attention while I was in Toronto this… Read more »

What Bothers Cash Croppers About Supply Management

I hear and understand some of the issues that consumers have with the supply management structure.  I do at times struggle with other farmers criticizing the supply management structure and saying that “it has to go.”  Why would a member of the farmer brethren, a fellow peer, a guy that farms right beside a dairy farmer… Read more »

Canadian Agriculture Steps up for Movember and Prostate Cancer

This week I attended a meeting in Toronto for the Canadian Seed Trade Association and there was some stunning visuals.  If you are in the seed business you are traditionally concerned mainly about purities, hybridity, low level presence, international regulatory harmonization and research.  Looking around the room it was quite noticeable that there is a large… Read more »

PepsiCo Switches To Nexera Oil In Some of Its Major Brands

New Coke is a formulation and a branding error that will live in infamy forever. People hate when you mess with their favourite brands. The tiniest change can make a big impact.  It’s a move that can be absolutely devastating if it’s wrong, but it’s also a move that can be extremely profitable if done… Read more »

Talking to Farmers: What Do You Think of the CWB Steamroller Campaign?

  The CWBs latest attempt to rally support and gain a hearing is an ad campaign designed under the name “stop the steamroller“. The print, radio and video campaign focuses on a steamroller with the caption ” This is how the Harper government harvests Canadian wheat”. The ads, paid for by CWB pool funds, were… Read more »

Is Supply Management Really on the Table?

Just when you think you know someone. Open the paper yesterday and it appears that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has offered up the supply management industry in negotiations to allow Canada to be apart of the TPP. I made several calls to members involved with the dairy lobby and trade and the feelings are strongly… Read more »

Wayne Easter: “Mr. Ritz is Dreaming in Technicolor.”

Earlier this week we spoke to Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz about why he thinks the elimination of the single desk will be beneficial to farmers and why he is so passionate about that position. Not everyone shares the exuberance Minister Ritz has over the new marketing landscape for wheat in Western Canada. One of… Read more »

Canola School: What’s Right? Charts or Fundamentals?

          Are you having trouble looking down the line at the canola markets? You’re not alone. There are a number of sources sending mixed signals to producers. On one hand when we look at the charts, we see that the January-March futures indicate a strong sell (according to Barchart). On the… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Balancing Volatility & Strong Fundamentals

Understanding the cattle market right now can be a real head-scratcher if you don’t know what to pay attention to. Trying to determine the factors influencing the wild market swings is like chasing the wind. There are a number of outside factors all exerting some kind of influence from unstable overseas markets to inside bids… Read more »

Gerry Ritz: Who’s Steamrolling Who?

Yesterday I attended a Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon. This was not just any ordinary lunch because it was attended by the Calgary ag-business community and they were all there to listen to the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz.  Mr. Ritz spoke to the group about why he feels so strongly regarding the coming… Read more »

Corn School: Tips on Proper Corn Storage

Once your corn is in storage, the story isn’t over. There are still some aspects that need controlling and monitoring in order to maintain the value and quality of your crop. Conditioning your corn isn’t as simple as turning on the fan. Proper airflow is essential to even and effective aeration of your crop. Anything… Read more »

Will Japan Change Age Limit Restrictions on Beef Imports to 30 Months?

It looks as though Japan may consider easing restrictions on Canadian beef imports, as the first of many high level meetings have taken place in Tokyo. The meeting which took place last week inside the Japanese ministry of health and was focused on changing the age limit for domestic testing and import of cattle from… Read more »

New Study Investigates the Impact of Ethanol Industry

Ethanol has been the subject of scrutiny regarding a number of issues, from its impact on corn prices to its effect on food production even its impact on the cattle and hog industries. The Conference Board of Canada released this week the results from its look at the industry. The report focuses on the impact… Read more »

Western Wheat Growers President Talks About Legal Action Against the CWB

When the initial court challenge by the Canadian Wheat Board was launched against the federal government you knew it wouldn’t go unanswered. The first of those legal responses was launched this week by the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. The reasoning behind it stems from the CWB’s use of pool funds to launch their suit… Read more »

AgMedia Roundtable: The CWB Boondoggle Drags in Supply Management

With the final steps toward the ending of the single desk coming ever closer, the ante continues to be upped as the current CWB board fights to gain a hearing. The extremely polarizing debate continues to cause deep divisions amongst producers, even more so in what appear to be the final days of the CWB… Read more »