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Between The Rows

Between The Rows is a weekly podcast featuring the Glacier FarmMedia editorial team bringing you the ‘story behind the stories’ in ag news and markets.

Drawing from our more than 20 print and online brands, our reporting staff will discuss the top stories and latest developments in agriculture today.

The 25-30 minute weekly program is built around a team of rotating journalist-hosts that include:

  • Laura Rance, Glacier FarmMedia Editorial Director
  • Gord Gilmour, Manitoba Co-operator Editor
  • Ed White, Western Producer Reporter & Analyst
  • Dave Bedard, AGCanada.com Daily News Editor
  • Robert Arnason, Western Producer Reporter

Between the Rows goes beyond the printed story and delves deeper to bring more detail on stories that affect today’s producers.

Each episode features 2 or more of the most important ag stories of the week, anchored by a comprehensive, in-depth look at the markets by one of our top analysts.

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A trip to the POV, the impacts of COVID-19 on ag-research and hog biosecurity, China and canola in the news

Reporter Alexis Kienlen with the Alberta Farmer Express talks with Ed White about their recent trip to the Port of Vancouver; Lana Shaw with the South East Research Farm discusses some COVID-19 -related challenges that she and other ag-researchers could encounter this spring; Dr. Egan Brockhoff with the Canadian Pork Council and swine veterinarian Blaine Tully call in to discuss COVID-19 challenges and bio-security protocols for Canada’s pork sector; and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm joins us for the weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Ed White of The Western Producer.

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COVID-19 challenges seasonal ag-workers, a venerable ag-reporter retires, disaster planning for the farm

Beth Connery, owner/operator of Connery’s Riverdale Farms, discusses the fast-changing landscape of bringing seasonal workers to Canada; renowned ag-reporter Barb Duckworth of The Western Producer prepares for her retirement after 32 years with the publication; Alexis Kienlen of the Alberta Farmer Express reports on a recent seminar that dealt with emergency preparedness on the farm; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm fills us in on the recent activity in commodity markets and weather. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Can humans pass COVID-19 to livestock?, cattle markets slump, commodities versus coronavirus

Robert Arnason of The Western Producer talks with Scott Weese, a University of Guelph veterinarian and infectious disease expert, about the possibility of humans transferring COVID-19 to farm animals; on the same topic, Robert speaks with Volker Gerdts, director and CEO of VIDO-Intervac, (the vaccine and infectious disease organization at the University of Saskatchewan); Farmtario editor John Greig calls in to discuss the slumping cattle market in Ontario; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm joins the show for our weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Changing of the guard at Grainews, why A&W is going grass-fed, crude drags on commodities

Meet our outgoing and incoming editors-in-chief at Grainews, Leeann Minogue and Kari Belanger; A&W CEO Susan Senecal lays out the burger chain’s plans for an all-Canadian, all-grass-fed beef supply; Gord Gilmour of the Manitoba Co-operator calls up Farm Credit Canada’s J.P. Gervais for his perspective on commodities’ response to crude oil’s crash and the COVID-19 coronavirus; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm looks past those external forces, into grain and oilseed markets’ near-term future. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Tools not tweaks, long-term soil health strategies, bigger bins = bigger problems?

Spencer Myers of Glacier FarmMedia speaks with Eric Wareham of the Western Equipment Dealers Association about the ‘Right to Repair’ and the fine line between equipment repairs and modifications; Marla Riekman with Manitoba Agriculture shares ways to deal with saline soils and tips for building long-term soil management strategies; Charley Sprenger with the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute discusses grain storage problems linked to larger storage bins and ways to better manage your stored grain; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm gives our weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Spencer Myers.

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‘Fashionable’ sisters advocate for agriculture, cannabis controversy in Ontario, protests clog rail transportation

Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour is joined by reporter Geralyn Wichers to discuss her recent story on the Lepp sisters who are blending the worlds of agriculture and fashion using Instagram; FarmTario editor John Greig calls in to talk about the budding controversy of cannabis production in Ontario; David Fraser, Glacier FarmMedia’s Ottawa correspondent, informs us on the politics behind the recent – and in some places, ongoing – rail line protests and blockades; and Glen Hallick with MarketsFarm offers up the weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Special Edition: A conversation with Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s agriculture minister

Special Edition: Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is moving into her second year in charge of the agriculture file and her government’s second term in office. Ed White of The Western Producer had a chance to sit down with Marie-Claude Bibeau during CropConnect in Winnipeg to talk about her priorities, what issues she expects to encounter, and how she feels about the challenges facing farmers and Canada’s agriculture industry today. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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How markets react to population growth, making the consumer connection, the future of glyphosate

Laura Rance, vice-president of content for Glacier FarmMedia, talks with Darrell Bricker, Global CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs about global population and its affect on markets; Zach Johnson, the ‘Millennial Farmer’ of YouTube fame, discusses the importance of connecting to non-farming audiences; Laura Rance talks with Bill Campbell, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, and Robert Arnason of The Western Producer, about the future of pre-harvest glyphosate in Canada; and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm joins us in studio for the weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Perception of Prairie farmland prices, women in science, global supply and demand outlook

Robert Arnason of the Western Producer talks with Stacey Hiebert of Royal LePage in Steinbach, Man., about farmland market trends; University of Regina sociology professor Andre Magnan talks about his recent survey of 400 farmers and their perceptions on buying and renting farmland on the Prairies; celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Robert Arnason talks with Dr. Helen Tai, a potato expert with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada about her research and career as an agricultural scientist; and Phil Franz-Warkentin discusses the recent WASDE report and more in our weekly weather and markets update. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Lean times down on the farm, Canadian farm profitability, comparing clubroot on the Prairies

Ed White of the Western Producer offers highlights from this year’s Keystone Agricultural Producers meeting and talks with KAP president Bill Campbell about the lean times farmers are experiencing; Ed also interviews David Sullivan of Global Ag Risk Solutions about profitability on Canadian farms; Justine Cornelson and Dan Orchard, agronomists with the Canola Council of Canada, discuss the difference between clubroot in Manitoba and clubroot in Alberta; and Marlo Glass of MarketsFarm joins us in studio for our weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Ed White.

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