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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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An attack ad goes ‘Prime’ time, Canada’s ag-minister responds to farm aid, meat-packing lacking, and the week in markets

Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour talks with Farmtario editor John Greig about a controversial attack ad by Ontario grain farmers aimed at Prime Minister Trudeau; Ed White of The Western Producer speaks to federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau about concerns that financial aid for Canadian farmers doesn’t go far enough; Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator and Robert Arnason of The Western Producer give their takes on the lack of mid-sized meat packers; and Phil Franz Warkentin of MarketsFarm updates us on commodity markets, spring seeding and harvest cleanup. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Improving agronomy in Western Canada, paperless farms, pandemic stresses plant workers, spring seeding (and harvests)

Glacier FarmMedia’s Laura Rance interviews Maryse Bourgault, the first Western Grains Research Foundation Integrated agronomy chair at the University of Saskatchewan about how farmers and researchers can work together to improve the science of agronomy in Western Canada; Farmtario editor John Greig discusses the potential increase of paperless transactions on the farm; Canadian Cattlemen editor Lisa Guenther expands on her recent series exploring the impact COVID-19 has had on meat plant workers; and Bruce Burnett with Glacier MarketsFarm calls in from the combine to talk spring harvest, spring seeding and cold prairie temperatures in the weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Laura Rance, VP of Content for Glacier FarmMedia.

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Canada, Australia and their political stances on China relations, pulse crop prices boom, winter wheat growing advice, our week in markets

Robert Arnason and Ed White of The Western Producer discuss Australia’s recent political scuffle with China and how it relates to Canada’s situation; Sean Pratt of The Western Producer talks about a price boom in peas, lentils and chickpeas; Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour interviews agronomist Ken Gross with Ducks Unlimited about a promising spring for winter wheat crops and some growing advice for producers; Phil Franz-Warkentin of Glacier MarketsFarm reports on falling corn futures, rising oat futures and more in our weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Robert Arnason of The Western Producer.

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Beef packing contraction, food benefaction, market reaction

Canadian Cattlemen editor Lisa Guenther and Alberta Farmer reporter Alexis Kienlen consider the next steps for the beef industry as COVID-19 spreads in the processing workforce; Canadian Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius discusses the added strain the virus, and the response, puts on people already facing food insecurity overseas; and with planting ahead, Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm explains how market fundamentals have regained their role in commodity values. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Homeschool challenges on the farm, COVID-19 ushers interest in local food, crude oil’s plummet rocks markets

Ed White of The Western Producer and Geralyn Wichers from the Manitoba Co-operator discuss how Manitoba’s switch to online education is affecting rural students; Farmtario editor John Greig discusses how local food suppliers are seeing a surge of demand for their products, with Saskatchewan beef producer Mark Hoimyr sharing his recent experiences; and Glen Hallick with Glacier MarketsFarm joins us for the weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Ed White.

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Farming through the pandemic: Part 4

Dave Bedard, Glacier FarmMedia’s daily news editor, talks with Terry Betker, president and CEO of Backswath Management about the potential financial impact of COVID-19 on the ag industry. Dave is joined by Tom Button, editor of Country Guide, Farmtario editor John Greig and Ed White of The Western Producer for a panel discussion on how farmers across the country are dealing with the pandemic while prepping for this year’s crop season. Hosted by Laura Rance and Dave Bedard.

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Farming through the pandemic: Part 3

Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour talks with Andrew Dickson, Manitoba Pork Council general manager, about the challenges currently facing the pork sector. Doug McLaren of JAS Angus and Mark Shologan, Sales Director of DLMS talk about bull sales and auctions converting to online. Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator, Alexis Kienlen of the Alberta Farmer Express and Lisa Guenther of Canadian Cattleman join Gord for a panel discussion on the livestock sector. Hosted by Laura Rance and Gord Gilmour.

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Farming through the pandemic: Part 2

Dave Bedard, Glacier FarmMedia’s daily news editor, interviews farm family coach Elaine Froese about the unique challenges for farmers created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Arnason of The Western Producer interviews KAP president Bill Campbell. We also talk to several editors from the GFM network including Mike Raine of The Western Producer, Glenn Cheater of the Alberta Farmer Express, and Kari Belanger of Grainews for their insights into the challenges this year presents. Hosted by Laura Rance, Robert Arnason and Dave Bedard.

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Meet the (new) machinery reporter, e-learning for agronomists, prepping ag students for the real world, the week in markets

Travis Warkentin, Grainews magazine’s new machinery reporter, talks about his new writing role and farm background; Guy Ash, global training manager with Pessl Instruments, discusses the company’s plan for e-learning and online certification for agronomists and ag professionals; Colin Penner, farm management instructor at the University of Manitoba, shares how its Agriculture Diploma Program is prepping students for a fast-evolving ag industry; Marlo Glass with Glacier MarketsFarm shares a news update in our weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Spencer Myers.

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