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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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Pork paperwork panned, grain grading granted, acreage assessments adjusted

With China’s move to block all imports of Canadian pork and beef over the discovery of bogus veterinary health certificates, Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator discusses what we know so far about the effects on Canada’s export meat markets; Allan Dawson of the Co-operator reviews pending changes to the Canada Grain Act coming out of the agreed-upon revisions to North America’s free trade pact; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm observes the grain trade’s responses to the week’s weather and to new reports from StatsCan and USDA. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Have timely rains fallen on the plains?, Saskatchewan OYFs, planting prospects sink further

Canadian Cattlemen editor Lisa Guenther on how recent rains have offered some hope for forage growers and cattle producers, though feed shortages still likely loom, Mike Raine and Karen Briere talk with recently awarded Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers Jason and Jenna Ranger, Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm offers an update on how weather has improved the crop outlook for some growers on the Prairies, and Phil Franz-Warkentin takes a look at the week in commodity markets and which planting prospects are running out of time to get in the ground. Hosted by Ed White.

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High hopes for hemp, closing the farm labour gap, precipitation jubilation… and frustration

Andrea Eriksson with NorQuest College on the exceptional versatility of hemp and its growing potential – and production particulars – for growers on the Prairies, Lorraine Stevenson of Country Guide reports on Canada’s farm labour shortage and what’s being done to address the widening gap, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm discusses how rain on the Prairies is being welcomed, but in Ontario and in the U.S. precipitation levels are dishing out muddy fields and dashing planting hopes. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Deere harvests attention at CES, growing agri-food exports, whither the old red barn, are markets making cents?

Glacier FarmMedia machinery editor Scott Garvey reveals why John Deere brought an S700 Series combine to the recent Consumer Electronics Show, Food in Canada editor Kristy Nudds discusses the challenges Canada’s food processors are facing to meet federal targets to grow agri-food exports, reporter Geralyn Wichers with the Manitoba Co-operator offers a snapshot of one of the prairies’ vanishing icons, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm offers his take on the latest news in commodity markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Have the prairies gone hog wild?, plotting a course for your farm’s financial future, market movers and shakers

Alexis Stockford with the Manitoba Co-operator reports on the province’s growing wild pig problem and what’s being done to assess their numbers to help rein them in, Country Guide editor Tom Button talks about a new tool that can help with your farm’s financial performance, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm reports on what factors have been impacting commodities this week. Hosted by Ed White of the Western Producer.

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Benchmarking your farm business, Chrystia Freeland on canola, trade and tariffs, spring seeding slowdown

Terry Betker of Backswath Management and Maggie Van Camp with BDO Canada discuss the growth in farm business management groups and how farmers are learning from each other, Mike Raine with the Western Producer sits down with Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, to discuss trade, tariffs and China’s import ban on Canadian canola, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm reports on how recent weather is impacting seeding progress and commodity markets. Hosted By Dave Bedard.

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’Excellence’ comes to Ag in Motion, civilization under threat, spring seeding plans dampened

Mike Raine of the Western Producer talks with Rob O’Connor, Ag in Motion show director, about how the outdoor farm show has grown – including a new project called the ‘Field of Excellence’ that aims to help position farmers for a better future, Darrin Qualman, author of ‘Civilization Critical,’ offers his perspective on food production systems in modern agriculture and the intensification of environmental threats, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm takes a look at a new report that indicates low oilseed prices may be feeling pressure from more than the trade dispute with China and how weather is having an impact on spring seeding progress. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Animal activists get unduly active, the future of growth in China, and soy markets under stress

Kelly Daynard with Farm & Food Care Ontario describes how some animal rights activists have become more aggressive in their tactics on livestock farms, Ed White and Robert Arnason of the Western Producer discuss the future of growth in China and challenge some of the assumptions about the world’s second-largest economy, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm takes a look at what’s pressuring soybean prices and other commodity market news. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Putting trust in traceability, Sask. fails to axe carbon tax, China snubs Canadian soy, canola stocks in surplus

Farmtario editor John Greig reports on traceability in agriculture and how the technology aims to change the way producers do business, Karen Briere with the Western Producer reports on the Saskatchewan government’s recent unsuccessful court challenge to the federal carbon tax, Allan Dawson with the Manitoba Co-operator reports on how Canadian soybean exports to China have dried up, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm reveals what StatsCan’s latest report of canola stocks found and its impact on seeding decisions and commodity prices. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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A crackin’ year for egg sales, no easy answers to China canola ban, and wheat outstrips canola acres

Jennifer Blair of the Alberta Farmer Express reports on how all-day breakfasts helped serve up a record-breaking year for egg sales and how consumers may be seeing them in a healthier light, Allan Dawson of the Manitoba Co-operator reports on what’s being proposed to put an end to China’s ban on Canadian canola and how other exports are feeling pressured, and Glenn Hallick of MarketsFarm examines StatsCan’s recent survey of Canadian farmers’ seeding plans. Hosted by Ed White.

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