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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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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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Alberta elects a new government, leasing vs. buying farm equipment, markets bend to politics, and farmers’ seeding plans

Jennifer Blair of the Alberta Farmer Express reports on how farmers in that province are being impacted by the carbon tax and how the newly elected government’s plan to get rid of it may not offer relief, Country Guide machinery editor Scott Garvey discusses an upcoming trip to the world’s largest farm machinery show, plus the pros and cons of purchasing and leasing farm equipment, and Mike Jubinville of MarketsFarm reports on the progress – if any – being made in the canola dispute between Canada and China and if it’s having an impact on farmers’ seeding plans. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Stemming hard red wheat decline, a tale of two proteins, a beef grade facelift?, and spring seeding heads to the starting line

Farmtario editor John Greig reports on the challenges Ontario wheat buyers have in sourcing a local hard red wheat supply, Alexis Stockford with the Manitoba Co-operator reports on how the Manitoba government aims to support both plant and animal protein sectors, Western Producer reporter Jeremy Simes discovers what a group of university students are doing to educate consumers on how to properly cook beef, and Bruce Burnett of Glacier FarmMedia MarketsFarm discusses spring seeding and soil moisture conditions on the Prairies. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Soil health in the Red River Valley, the pillars of forage production, a peek inside the newsroom, and the week in markets

Ed White of the Western Producer speaks with Brunel Sabourin at the Red River Soil Health Summit about tillage and soil health practices in Manitoba, Canadian Cattlemen editor Lisa Guenther talks about sainfoin research to help reduce alfalfa bloat in cattle, Canadian Cattlemen field editor Piper Whelan reports on how producers are tweaking their forage rotations to improve yield and quality, Western Producer editor Brian Macleod offers a look inside the Producer newsroom and its approach to agricultural reporting, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm reports on news in commodity markets. Hosted by Ed White.

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China canola conundrum continues, an app to find your best grain price, and reining in a flood of ag data

Sean Pratt with the Western Producer offers an update on China’s halt in Canadian canola shipments and what the federal government is doing to get things moving again, Jennifer Blair with the Alberta Farmer reports on a smartphone app that helps farmers find their best grain price, Alexis Stockford with the Manitoba Co-operator reports on how well farmers are managing with the flood of farm data at their fingertips, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm reports on the latest market news and how farmers’ seeding plans could reshape commodity markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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The ‘hyper-individualization’ of food, what’s in the federal budget for ag?, AAFC reviews the CGC, and China blocks (more) canola

“Food Professor” Sylvain Charlebois discusses Canada’s increasingly fragmented food marketplace and if there are any consumer trends taking shape, Karen Briere, reporter with the Western Producer, reports on the federal budget and which agricultural sectors are poised to benefit, Allan Dawson with the Manitoba Co-operator reveals the controversy surrounding AAFC’s decision to review the Canadian Grain Commission and the Grain Act, and Mike Jubinville and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm talk about China’s move to terminate shipments from a second Canadian canola exporter. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Going against the flow on drainage, Buhler builds an ally in the ‘Nemesis’, and market uncertainty aplenty

Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour discusses the concerns local landowners have as the provincial government considers off-loading drainage licensing to municipalities, Adam Reid of Buhler Industries talks about why the company decided to join forces with Kubota to help “fill a hole” in its product line, and Mike Jubinville of Glacier MarketsFarm talks about the continuing political uncertainty impacting commodity markets and how the spread of African swine fever is adding a new layer of unpredictability. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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China’s canola block all the talk, Canada’s first female ag-minister, ATIP-top path to a report on MRLs, and the week in markets

Allan Dawson of the Manitoba Co-operator reports on conversations at the Canadian Crops Convention about China’s decision to block Richardson International’s canola shipments (includes audio recordings of Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, and David Dzisiak past chair of the Canola Council of Canada), a quick take with Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s first female agriculture minister, Robin Booker, reporter with the Western Producer, reveals how he used ATIP to find out about PMRA’s decision to limit engagement on MRLs, and Phil Franz-Warkentin takes a look at the week in commodity markets. Hosted by Ed White.

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Swine virus on the horizon, serving up suds via blockchain, and canola renews its slide

Dr. Egan Brockhoff, veterinarian with Prairie Swine Health Services, sheds light on the African swine fever virus and its threat to the Canadian hog industry, Jennifer Blair with the Alberta Farmer Express reports on Alberta brewers using blockchain technology to tell – and sell – the story of beer, and Bruce Burnett with MarketsFarm offers an update on the price slide in canola, the market situation in relation to China, and why wheat markets have also seen a recent slump. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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