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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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Hutterites come under COVID-19 scrutiny, peeved pig producers, checking in on the crop year

Karen Briere of The Western Producer reports on the media focus on Hutterite colonies in Saskatchewan surrounding COVID-19 and what steps are being taken to reduce infection rates; Ed White of The Western Producer explains hog cut-out values and how some independent producers are fed up with the current pricing system; and Bruce Burnett, director of weather and markets for Glacier MarketsFarm, discusses the end of the 2019/2020 crop year and highlights from the last 12 months. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Ag in Motion at half-time, pork producers in crisis mode, a new watershed project flows forth

Ag in Motion show director Rob O’Connor provides a mid-show update on how things are going at the Ag in Motion Discovery Plus virtual farm show; Rick Bergmann, chair of the Canadian Pork Council, addresses a crisis impacting Canada’s independent pork producers; Blake Weiseth, PAg and Hon. Greg Ottenbreit, Saskatchewan Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, announce a new watershed project and partnership at the GFM Discovery Farm; and MarketsFarm reporter Marlo Glass gives us the latest commodity data in this week’s weather and markets report. Hosted by Ed White of The Western Producer.

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Sequestration questions, Ag in Motion’s online offerings, market meteorology

Canadians are now debited for the carbon they add to the atmosphere, so why hasn’t Canada made similar progress crediting farmers whose practices pull carbon out of the air? As Farmtario editor John Greig reports, our southern neighbours are fast forging ahead on such a policy for their farmers. Also: Rob O’Connor, show director for Ag in Motion Discovery Plus, tells us more about what farmers can expect from next week’s online event; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm explains how the weather is now the markets’ bellwether. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Grassland guardians, fields and roads get swamped, prairie crop conditions

Canadian Cattlemen editor Lisa Guenther talks with John Jamieson, President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity about the documentary, ‘Guardians of the Grasslands’; Manitoba Co-operator reporter Alexis Stockford outlines the damage to crops and local infrastructure after recent record-breaking storms and flooding in western Manitoba; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm talks crop conditions in northern Alberta, gives on update on the U.S. corn belt and what to expect in this week’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Hosted by Spencer Myers.

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Adjusting for COVID, testing out UTVs, assessing after StatsCan

Glacier FarmMedia’s Laura Rance talks with Wes Anderson, chief fertility specialist with CropPro Consulting, about how they’re adjusting to the new normal in ag; Scott Garvey emerges from retirement to talk about the four UTV models and testing criteria in this year’s Machinery Challenge for Ag in Motion Discovery Plus; and Marlo Glass of MarketsFarm joins us for the weekly weather and markets update. Hosted by Laura Rance, VP of content, Glacier FarmMedia.

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Farm accident reportage declines, feds gobble up surplus food, trials and triumphs for ag students

Lorraine Stevenson of Country Guide discusses her recent story about a study that shows how less media attention is being paid to farm accidents and what that means for farm safety; Glacier FarmMedia Ottawa correspondent David Fraser reports on the federal government’s new surplus food-buying program; Jennifer Blair with the Alberta Farmer Express talks about how new ag grads are adjusting to the pandemic-driven workplace; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm gives listeners the latest ups and downs in commodity markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour, Manitoba Co-operator editor.

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Regenerative ag and climate change, grain drying and the carbon tax, kids’ thoughts on farming, the week in markets

Robert Arnason of The Western Producer talks with Tim Searchinger, senior fellow with the World Resources Institute, about regenerative agriculture and climate change; Markus Haerle, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario, explains how the federal carbon tax is affecting Ontario farmers using grain dryers; special guests Ada (8) and Hayley Leonard (5) from Winnipeg tell us what they know about agriculture; Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm talks about signs of life in the corn market and more in our weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Ag in Motion’s online offerings, farm income and outgo, export appetites for soybeans

What will a farm show look like when it moves from outdoors to cyberspace? Rob O’Connor, show director for Ag in Motion Discovery Plus, and Laura Rance, Glacier FarmMedia’s vice-president for content, explain what farmers can expect to see in crops, livestock, machinery and expert panelists in July. Also: the Manitoba Co-operator’s Allan Dawson helps crunch Canada’s net farm income data for 2019 and whether they help or hurt the case for farm aid; and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm discusses recent market motion in soybeans against the current geopolitical backdrop. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Small business beef booms, food supply shortfalls, extradition anxieties, superpower trade tensions

Ed White of The Western Producer talks with Geralyn Wichers of the Manitoba Co-operator about a boom in business for small beef producers during the COVID-crisis; professor Simon Somogyi with the University of Guelph discusses how Canada’s food supply system has managed through the pandemic; Sean Pratt of The Western Producer reports on the recent extradition hearing of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and what it means going forward; and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm talks about the growing trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Hosted by Ed White.

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Data collection on Discovery Farm, a meat cutter rises from the ashes, canola markets and trade tensions

Spencer Myers of Glacier FarmMedia talks with Blake Weiseth, PAg and Applied Research Lead with GFM’s Discovery Farm about data collection on their salinity and variable rate fertilizer application trials; Andy Chamberlin, butcher and co-owner of Cypress Meats and Spring Creek Farms Inc., shares how his Cypress River butcher shop survived a 2014 fire and adapted through a tough six years; and Marlo Glass of MarketsFarm talks canola demand, renewed U.S./China trade tensions and a grim warning from the Bank of Canada’s out-going governor, Stephen Poloz. Hosted by Spencer Myers.

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