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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.


Ag-economics and COVID-19, opportunities in grain marketing, whether weather and commodity prices

This week we hear from University of Manitoba professor Dr. Ryan Cardwell who co-edited an agricultural economics publication that looked at the first year of the pandemic; we get an update on commodity markets from Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm; and we hear from FarmLink CEO Mark Lepp about the company’s new grain trading platform. Plus, we hear a paean to the months of home-schooling complications many farm families have faced. Hosted by Ed White.

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Springtime signals shearing, animal protection laws see dispute, markets eye the weather

In this week’s episode, we visit a Manitoba sheep operation to document the annual rite of spring – shearing season; we delve into the world of agriculture protection legislation with Cam Dahl of the Manitoba Pork Council and Farmtario reporter Diana Martin; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm tells us why right now is the mother of all weather markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Frost risks, heat risks, negligible risk

As improbable as it may seem this week, the Prairies just came out of a cold snap leaving some growers wondering whether their crops would live to see the end of May. Canola Council of Canada agronomy specialist Jason Casselman explains what to look for — as well as when and where. Also: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association president Bob Lowe considers next steps after the declaration of Canada as a ‘negligible risk’ country for BSE, and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm tracks canola’s path since it touched $1,000 per tonne. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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A veritable charitable sensation, discussions with a ‘Dragon,’ canola crush plans surge

In this week’s Between the Rows, we hear how rain in the forecast turned into a shower of donations for Saskatchewan charities thanks to Saskatchewan farmer, Rob Stone; how venture capitalist Arlene Dickinson is giving upstart companies in the food business more than seed money; and how a surge in canola processing on the Prairies could be a game changer for Canada’s canola growers. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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More rain needed on the Plains, cattle producers seek water, why one Canadian is avoiding meat

Farmers in Manitoba, North Dakota and parts of Saskatchewan desperately need rain, but when and where will it fall? Bruce Burnett, of Glacier MarketsFarm, discusses the drought and the need for regular rainfall this growing season. Sticking with water, some livestock producers are dealing with half-full or empty dugouts this spring. Ryder Lee, from the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, talks about the water shortage and the impact on cattle producers. Lastly, why is Generation Z removing meat from their diet? One young Canadian – Mila Frolek of Winnipeg – explains her shift away from meat. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Canadian consumers bite into beef, (political) times are a-changin’, canola markets sizzle

Canadian Cattlemen editor Lisa Guenther speaks with Sylvain Charlebois, researcher and professor in food distribution and food policy at Dalhousie University, about Canadian consumers and their beef habits; Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson talks about the different political orientation of U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration compared to its previous office holder, Donald Trump; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm sums up the crazy times seen with canola prices. Hosted by Ed White.

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The federal poll on grain quality control, automating ag, harvesting Likes

Now that grain grower groups and other industry players have handed in their proposals for changes to the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission, Allan Dawson of the Manitoba Co-operator examines what the future might hold following a federal review. And speaking of the future: with the ag labour pool under pandemic pressure, Farmtario editor John Greig considers recent advances and investments in on-farm automation and autonomy. Also: Bruce Thorson introduces us to Scott MacIntosh, a Cape Breton dairy farmer streaming his way to YouTube fame. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Agriculture’s cybersafety net, StatsCan’s seeding survey

As technology steps up to handle more jobs on the farm, are its systems as protected as they need to be? The Community Safety Knowledge Alliance has a federally-backed project underway to assess, reinforce and promote cybersecurity across the agriculture sector, and CSKA lead investigator Dr. Janos Botschner lays out what we know so far — and what we know we don’t know. Also: Statistics Canada has made its first projections of what you’re planning to plant this spring, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm gauges the early response. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Dairy days with the ’SaskDutch Kid,’ assessing cattle markets, the changing face of ag

Young Saskatchewan dairy farmer Jan Kielstra of Kielstra Holsteins talks about his decision to start a YouTube channel about daily life on the farm that now lays claim to over 140,000 subscribers and over 21-million views; Canadian Cattlemen editor Lisa Guenther speaks with Brian Perillat of Canfax to get his outlook for fed and feeder cattle markets; and Jen Christie, founder of the Ag Women’s Network, and Dan Wright with Syngenta Canada, talk about equality, diversity, inclusion and their work to bring about meaningful change in the agricultural industry. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Time for a livestock manifesto, a brush with royalty, parched Prairies get a white-out

A growing number of Canadians have negative thoughts when they think about livestock – causing climate change, receiving unethical treatment and increasing antibiotic resistance. Mike McMorris, CEO of Livestock Research Innovation Corporation, says Canada’s livestock sector needs to unite and take collective action on these issues; reporter Karen Briere of The Western Producer shares a personal story from 2005 when she met Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who recently died at the age of 99; and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm discusses this week’s much-needed snowfall that blanketed the Eastern Prairies. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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