What is the Value of a Farm?

"Stand up straight," my mom scolded me as I stirred a spoonful of honey into my coffee and picked up a card on the counter. "Thanks for allowing our class to tour the dairy farm," the card read. It was from our local high school's agriculture class and accompanied a small jug of maple syrup, made …

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I Believe in Supply Management. I Believe in Farmers.

Whenever supply management is under pressure, the anxiety I felt as a kid during the World Trade Organization’s tariff negotiations always comes back to me. Far too young to understand what a tariff was, but knowing from my parents' conversations at the dinner table it could mean something bad for us, I started asking friends at school …

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You Deserve to Know Canadian Farmers

Last week, we celebrated Ag Day in Canada. For the first time, the agriculture industry came together to formally celebrate the abundance of safe and affordable food we are producing in Canada and the people (farmers) producing it. It was high time we celebrate and frankly, by not doing so, we have done a disservice …

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Check out my Local Food Week Guest Post on Bite My Words

Today’s guest post comes from Jen Christie, a dairy farmer in Ontario. We connected on twitter a little while ago. She’s been a great supporter of my blog so I was happy to hear that she was interested in writing a guest post for Local Food Week when I put out the call a few […] …

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Negotiators Biggest Challenge Ahead: What Will TPP Mean for Dairy Farmers?

Our Canadian Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Ed Fast, will join a delegation of negotiators early this week in Hawaii to hammer out what may be the final details of the biggest trade agreement in the world, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  For months now, the usual critics have been at work in the media, taking advantage of their …

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Sticky Production – Agriculture’s Version of Sticky Wages?

"Last time we were asked to feed the world, everyone planted more until 1985, when they continued to plant more, even though the market told them not too. We don't do a very good job responding to when the market tells us not to plant." Cal Whewell,  FC Stone Risk Management Consultant Since hearing this comment …

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