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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, 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.


Farm debt red flags, social media hashtags, grain markets’ lifts and drags

Let’s face it, nobody likes to talk about the state of their farm finances. Country Guide’s Lorraine Stevenson discusses some of the signs of financial problems and when it’s time to talk to someone. Also: Michele Austin, head of government and public policy and philanthropy for Twitter Canada, explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted farmers’ use of #AgTwitter, and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm takes us through the push-and-pull of U.S. crop supply and demand data, weather and harvest pressure on markets. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Grain research gets a boost at the U of M, before “Percy” the movie, post-harvest market predictions

Reporter Ed White of The Western Producer talks with Maneka Malalgoda, the University of Manitoba’s new grain quality and processing professor, about her research on grain starch and protein chemistry; Western Producer digital editor Paul Yanko talks about the rich trove of online articles on its website about Percy Schmeiser – and many other farm topics – and the renewed interest in his story due to an upcoming movie release; and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm discusses how the commodities markets are set-up for this post-harvest season. Hosted by Ed White.

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Reflections on pandemic life. How are we doing?

In a special edition of Between the Rows, we reflect over six months of pandemic life with no signs of it leaving everyday life anytime soon. Glacier FarmMedia’s Laura Rance interviews a collection of leading researchers and commentators about how our food system has fared throughout the pandemic. Hosted by Laura Rance. (Sponsored by Nutrien Smart Nutrition MAP + MST)

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COFS partners for permanent digs, how to make an outdoor farm show digital

Ontario agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman delivers the news of a permanent site and government partnership for Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show; Glacier FarmMedia president Bob Willcox discusses the announcement and new research opportunities for the show; Ontario Federation of Agriculture president Keith Currie offers his thoughts on the permanent Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show site and its important link between farmers and innovation; Doug Wagner, president of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, talks about this year’s decision to make the show digital; Farmtario editor John Greig discusses some of his personal highlights from this year’s show; and MarketsFarm reporter Phil Franz-Warkentin calls in for the weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Laura Rance. (Sponsored by Smart Nutrition MAP+MST from Nutrien)

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Combine fire causes, fall fertilizer management, food security falters under COVID-19

Karen Briere of The Western Producer reports on combine fires this harvest season and what farmers are doing to protect themselves; Grainews editor Kari Belanger and Nutrien agronomist Cristie Preston take a closer look at fall fertilizer management in a special feature sponsored by Smart Nutrition MAP+MST from Nutrien; Lorraine Stevenson of Country Guide talks about the challenges food banks and others concerned with food security have faced during the pandemic; and Glen Hallick of Glacier MarketsFarm calls in to the show with the latest in weather and commodity markets. Hosted by Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour.

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Farm workers foreign or domestic?, a bill to chill farm trespassing, oilseed prices come up for air

Robert Arnason of The Western Producer speaks with Robert Falconer, a researcher at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, about a recent study looking at temporary foreign workers and domestic Canadians’ willingness to work on farms; John Greig, Farmtario editor, discusses Bill 156, newly-passed Ontario legislation to protect farmers from trespassing protestors; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm reports on the unexpected rise in soybean and canola prices in this week’s weather and markets report. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Seeds Canada resisted, northern land revisited, crop estimates airlifted

With a less-than-unanimous vote, what happens now to the seed sector organizations that were planning to amalgamate under the Seeds Canada banner? Allan Dawson of the Manitoba Co-operator considers the groups’ options. Also: Farmtario contributing writer Stew Slater tells us about the arable yet underfarmed Northern Clay Belt of northeastern Ontario, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm reviews new satellite-based production estimates from Statistics Canada and other levers lifting and dragging commodities. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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COVID concerns, computerized crime and crop collection time

Farmtario editor John Greig talks about the growing concern of cyber crime in the ag sector; Manitoba Co-operator reporter Geralyn Wichers talks about workers’ safety concerns in an update on the situation at Maple Leaf Foods’ hog slaughter plant at Brandon, Manitoba; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm calls in to discuss the early days of harvest across the Prairies in our weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Ed White of the Western Producer.

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Risk and reward in Canadian ag, a new editor takes the reins, harvest weather update

Al Mussell with Agri-Food Economic Systems explains a recently produced analysis outlining some of the risks and opportunities facing Canada’s agricultural sector; Mike Raine of The Western Producer discusses his new role as editor of the publication after several years as managing editor; and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm talks warm weather and harvest happenings in this week’s weather and markets report. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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FOI request identifies Ontario farmers, seed-y business dealings, weed resistance persistence

Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour and Farmtario editor John Greig discuss a controversial release of farmer information by the Ontario government; daily news editor Dave Bedard talks about some “seedy” packages that are showing up in Canadian mailboxes; Alberta Farmer Express reporter Alexis Kienlen reports on the growing challenge of controlling kochia; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of Glacier MarketsFarm joins us for the weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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