In looking back at the top stories of 2021, a few themes emerge: the year was one of uncertainty, friction, and rising costs.
Yes, there were some high points, such as the dream of a snack-fetching drone and announcements of planned domestic processing, but for most of the year, labour issues, supply chain disruption, and escalating prices dominated the news cycle.
The year was also one of policy movement, too. A federal election late in the year was less of a focus than the policy bent of both the previous and current government — that is, looking at all problems through a climate action lens. In 2022, we’ll continue to follow how agriculture will be treated by the carbon tax system, and how emission reduction targets may impact fertilizer use or access. Assuming, of course, farmers can get their hands on what they need for the #plant22 growing season.
Following a third consecutive win in her riding in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the prime minister has once again tapped Marie-Claude Bibeau to represent agriculture. Kelvin Heppner had the opportunity to speak to the minister after her appointment.
Eventually the employees at Cargill’s High River plant voted in favour of the offered deal – but for ten days, strikes and lockouts loomed.
COVID-19 restrictions and precautions have been notorious for their rollercoaster changes; but back in February, the fact that TFWs could skip the quarantine hotel was welcome news.
The concerns around drought on the Prairies continue into the 2022 growing season.
Farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba filed complaints against Cargill over delayed payments.
Advances in technology open up a world of possibilities for drone use in agriculture.
This August conversation between Shaun Haney and StoneX’s Josh Linville focused on looking forward to the 2022 fertilizer markets.
Shaun Haney and the Western Grain Elevator Association’s Wade Sobkowich spoke about the WGEA’s wishlist for review in the Canada Grain Act.
More labour action this year, this time at John Deere, where union members were on strike for a little over a month.
Shaun Haney and Anne Wasko took a look at the beef markets following U.S. Thanksgiving.
Manitoba-based Farmers Edge went public this year, a business move that was followed by a year full of acquisitions and partnerships.
Manitoba MP Larry Maguire’s private member’s bill went into effect this past summer, but the Ministry of Finance is delaying implementation until January 1, 2022.
Originally introduced in February 2020, Bill C-206 passed its second reading this year.
Shaun Haney and World Weather Inc.’s Drew Lerner forecasted the weather early in 2021 – Lerner’s predictions, unfortunately, turned out to be accurate.
With a report completed by MNP, Fertilizer Canada took a look at the potential impact of the government’s emissions reduction target.
Agriculture companies saw a lot of movement this year, both in changing hands, and in building new partnerships.
Shaun Haney and MNP’s Ryan Kehrig had a few conversations this year, including this one around capital purchases.
Between announcing projects and starting production in newly finished ones, agriculture infrastructure grew in 2021.
Shaun Haney’s op-ed warns about the dangers of creating government policy fueled by buzzwords.
Remember #buttergate? Lyndsey Smith and Lactanet’s Daniel Lefebvre break down the science.
2021 could be defined by two things: vaccines and supply shortages. The two collide in the transportation industry.