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
  • Shannon Van Raes, Manitoba Co-operator Reporter
  • 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.


Hope floats for Manitoba pork producers, organic sets its sights on the future, and soy and wheat set sail

Gord Gilmour, editor of the Manitoba Co-operator, shares why Manitoba pork producers are optimistic about their sector despite a variety of recent setbacks in the industry as a whole, Michael Sligh, organic farmer and founder of the National Organics Standards Board in the U.S., discusses some the challenges that lie ahead in the organic industry and what it needs for future growth, and Bruce Burnett, Glacier FarmMedia director of weather and markets information, offers our weekly look at the markets and reveals which commodities are pulling ahead in terms of exports. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Blockchain meets big business, wet grain storage tips, organic food processing blooming, and the week in markets

Ralph Pearce, field editor with Country Guide, reports on the major business players adopting blockchain and how the technology is poised to improve agricultural commodity trading, it’s been a tough harvest on the Prairies, so Digver Jayas, grain storage expert at the University of Manitoba, offers producers advice on aeration and what they need to pay close attention to if storing high-moisture grain, Laura Telford, organic specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, talks with Laura Rance, Glacier FarmMedia editorial director, about the state of organic food processing in Canada, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of Commodity New Service Canada takes a look at the week in markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Pork’s reaction to the CPTPP, farmer impact to the carbon tax, Foodgrains gets a “Top 10” nod, and weather and trade impact markets

Gary Stordy of the Canadian Pork Council and its reaction to Canada’s signing of the CPTPP trade agreement, John Greig, editor of Farmtario, and Allan Dawson, reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator, discuss impacts farmers in Ontario and on the Prairies are likely to see in the federal government’s carbon tax price plan, Musu Taylor-Lewis with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank talks about its recent recognition as a “Top Ten Impact Charity” and what that means for the charity, and Ashley Robinson with Commodity News Service Canada offers a harvest report and how the race for the finish line – and one particular president – is affecting markets. Hosted by Ed White.

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An ‘Ag Belt’ to tighten sprawl, biological crop inputs, bad weather barley in Alberta, and a harvest update

Farmtario editor John Greig reports on an ‘Ag Belt’ idea proposed by two Ontario politicians to help protect farmland from urban sprawl, Sean Pratt of the Western Producer reports on the growing interest in ’biologicals,’ crop inputs made from naturally occurring organisms, Alexis Kienlen with the Alberta Farmer offers an update on the impact weather has had on Alberta’s malt barley quality and if a shortage is looming, and Glacier FarmMedia’s Bruce Burnett offers a Prairie harvest update and what’s he’s watching in commodity markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Seed industry looks to revenue streams, used grain dryer regs baffle, and a prairie harvest update

Allan Dawson of the Manitoba Co-operator reports on what options Canadian seed industry groups are looking at in order to generate more revenue to pay for plant-breeding research, Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator discovers the frustration Manitoba farmers are facing when trying to get a used grain dryer up to spec in anticipation of wet crops, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of Commodity News Service Canada offers a prairie harvest update and how harvest delays are affecting markets. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Dairy industry reaction to supply management concessions, are plant traits staying on trend?, and canola markets stay stagnant

Robert Arnason with the Western Producer speaks with John Greig, Farmtario editor, about dairy farmer reaction to concessions made on supply management in the USMCA trade deal, Owen Wagner, agricultural economist with LMC International, talks about how plant breeders aren’t keeping up with global trends for traits in oilseed crops, and Bruce Burnett, director of weather and markets information for Glacier FarmMedia, reveals some of the factors keeping canola futures markets ‘rangebound’ and how export markets are faring. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Protocols for healthy cattle, improving supply chains with blockchain, USMCA effect on markets

Canadian Cattlemen field editor Piper Whelan reports on animal health protocols for livestock vaccination and the approach some feedlot managers are taking to ensure healthy cattle, Farmtario editor John Greig explains how blockchain and its ability to collect supply chain data can benefit producers, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of Commodity News Service Canada reports on how news of the USMCA trade deal agreement between Canada, Mexico and United States and harvest weather challenges on the Prairies are impacting markets. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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A U.S. dairy perspective, farm writers converge in Manitoba, and markets sense harvest hitches

Robert Arnason of the Western Producer takes a look “under the hood” of the U.S. dairy system and discovers how some small-scale producers are managing an environment of low milk prices, Kelly Green, co-chair of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation, talks about the hive of activity at the recent farm writers’ annual meeting in Winnipeg, and Ashley Robinson of Commodity New Service Canada looks at how harvest problems are impacting commodity markets. Hosted by Ed White.

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Putting a match to stubble, “less-evil weevils” eat thistle, and news in commodity markets

Allan Dawson with the Manitoba Co-operator reports on stubble burning and what are considered ideal conditions – and permissions – to light up, Alexis Kienlen with the Alberta Farmer Express reports on a West-Central Forage Association project that’s putting stem-mining weevils to work to control Canada thistle, and Dave Sims of Commodity News Service Canada offers a look at what’s making the news in commodity markets. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show celebrates 25 years, finding fairness in succession planning, and ‘Marketing in the Trump Era’

Recorded onsite at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, show president Doug Wagner talks about the show’s early beginnings – now celebrating 25 years – and what has contributed to its success and growth over the years, farm family coach Elaine Froese offers some guidance regarding fairness in succession planning and why it’s OK to have tough conversations, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm offers a glimpse into, ‘Marketing in the Trump Era,’ and which two commodities face the most market risk for Canadian farmers this season. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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