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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.


Free trade with the UK, ag investors want to know about ESG, canola inches close to $600 per T

Canada has a free trade deal with Britain, kind of. Claire Citeau, of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, discusses the interim free trade agreement between Canada and the UK; Environmental, Social and Governance could become a ‘mega trend’ in investing, but why should farmers care? Andrea Gruza, of Bonnefield Financial, explains the basics of ESG investing; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of Glacier MarketsFarm explains why canola market futures still have an upside. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Alberta’s ag austerity, awaiting autonomy’s availability, autumn assessments adjusted


Cuts are landing at Alberta’s agriculture department as the province carries out a “workforce transformation” and steps off direct involvement in ag research, as Alberta Farmer Express reporter Jennifer Blair explains. Also: machinery writer Scott Garvey maps out the near-term market trajectory for autonomous tractors and what has yet to happen for self-driving iron to ever make it to the retail lot; and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm looks at new supply-and-demand data and other fundamentals fueling the recent rallies in ag commodities. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Navigating trade with China, the secret lives of farm writers, grain market gains

In this week’s episode, Ed White of The Western Producer speaks with the Canada West Foundation’s Carlo Dade and Sharon Sun about their idea for a new way to approach trade with China; Glacier FarmMedia reporters Lisa Guenther, Alexis Kienlen and Geralyn Wichers reveal their secret literary sides outside of farm reporting; and we catch up with Marlo Glass of Glacier MarketsFarm for our weekly look at grain markets. Hosted by Ed White.

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Good old-fashioned Prairie charity, weather bombs, how to fill in the stormy days ahead

Laura Rance interviews Jim Cornelius, outgoing executive director of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and his protegé Andy Harrington, about how the organization has grown and how Canadians have lived up to their generous reputation during the pandemic; Iris Meck, director of conferences for Glacier FarmMedia, offers a glimpse at the topics up for discussion at the upcoming Farm Forum Event and the Advancing Women in Agriculture conference; and Bruce Burnett, director of weather and markets information for MarketsFarm, warns of an incoming storm system and discusses how agricultural commodity markets are virtually ignoring the political theatre south of the border. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Coping with COVID isolation, managing pandemic stresses, farm tour creates safe spaces

In this episode, Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour takes an in-depth look at how farmers are coping with COVID-19. He speaks with reporter Geralyn Wichers who has written a story on the coming winter and how farmers may find opportunity in an age of pandemic restrictions; Jan Thorson from the Saskatchewan Farm Stress Line shares coping strategies if you’re feeling increasingly stressed due to isolation; Jeremy Matuszewski of Thunderstruck Sales & Marketing describes how their ‘Thanks for Farming Tour’ created safe places for farmers to meet; and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm gives you the weekly commodity markets update. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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One party rule in Saskatchewan, a ban on moose hunt parties in Manitoba, time to celebrate sky-high canola prices

The Saskatchewan Party has been in power in the province since 2007, but it has the support of 58 per cent of voters. Reporter Karen Briere of The Western Producer explains why the Sask Party is still in favour; Moose hunting is popular in Manitoba, but the provincial government says the population is too small to withstand a hunt. Geralyn Wichers of the Manitoba Co-operator discusses the extended ban on moose hunting and the reaction of Metis groups; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of Glacier MarketsFarm shares his thoughts on the strongest canola prices in 28 months. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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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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