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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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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The Cost of Dirt Cheap Dairy

There are many voices in the debate over whether supply management is good for Canadians. Reality is these predictions are just that; they are expected outcomes crafted using best and worst case scenarios depending on who is crafting the position. In Owen Robert's recent post on RealAgriculture.com, he shares some of the dairy industry's common …

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