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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.


Food connectivity, travel perplexity, canola’s desirability

Next week a blue-ribbon federal advisory council convenes to discuss a food policy for Canada and ways to improve connections within the country’s food systems. Alberta Farmer columnist Brenda Schoepp shares her perspective as a member of the new council. Also: Diana Martin of Farmtario checks back with foreign farm workers trying to get home from their work terms in southern Ontario in the time of COVID-19, and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm discusses what’s been lifting canola futures up above $800 a tonne. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Foreign worker worries, pork pricing perturbs producers, soil health meets precision ag

In this week’s Between The Rows, Gord Gilmour talks to Glacier FarmMedia’s Ottawa correspondent D.C. Fraser about the uncertainty surrounding foreign workers; reporter Robert Arnason of The Western Producer sits down with Alberta Pork’s Brent Moen to talk about why producers are upset about pricing; and Kevin Yaworsky hosts a special interview with sponsor Decisive Farming about soil health and precision agriculture. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Taking a closer look at sustainable ag, cold weather and hot markets

This week’s Between the Rows looks at how one of Canada’s largest food processors is tapping into the growing interest in sustainability and how the Canadian industry is attempting to get Canadian food producers recognized for their efforts. We also talk with Bruce Burnett, director of weather and markets information at Glacier FarmMedia about cold weather, hot markets and a dry spring. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Electric tractor potential, Sustainable Grain possibilities, predictions for canola acres

Battery-powered cars may be the future, but what about electric tractors? Does an e-tractor make sense on a Canadian farm? The Western Producer’s Ron Lyseng remains skeptical. Canada’s grain industry is working on a code of practice and farmers aren’t happy about another set of rules, says Western Producer reporter Sean Pratt. Also – Phil Franz Warkentin with Glacier MarketsFarm knows that canola acres will rise this spring, but how high will they go? Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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America’s probabilities, rodeo viability, canola volatility


With the Trump administration in the rearview mirror, farmers in the United States — and their farming neighbours in Canada, for that matter — may wonder what to expect from Joe Biden and company. U.S. ag columnist Alan Guebert considers what’s changed in the past four years and what might and might not change in the term to come. Also: Saskatchewan chuckwagon driver Jamie Laboucane looks at a season knocked off track by COVID-19, and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm follows ICE canola futures through a yo-yo week. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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A bull rider’s eye view of the pandemic, taking the pulse of on-farm research, export tax impacts

Professional bull rider Jake Gardner shares past experiences about life on the road and how COVID-19 has halted opportunities to compete; Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers agronomist Megan Bourns talks about the on-farm research network and shares a story about an unexpected find when harvest data results were collected after a dry bean fertility trial; and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm talks about some of the export taxes on grains appearing around the world and their impact on commodity markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Rural internet inadequacies, underground enemies, rodeo rider interrupted, canola markets ignite

This week’s Between the Rows hears from a municipal leader about the need to get rural broadband internet up to speed, how a fungus disease threatens to put a lid on growth in the Prairie pulse sector, what it’s like to be a professional barrel racer when the races are on hold, and how U.S. market reports are making an already hot canola market, heat up even more. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Going from ‘bad to best’ on grain movement, the pandemic’s effect on farmers, a 2021 market forecast

In this week’s episode, Ed White speaks with Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson about the radical transformation of the grain transportation system over the past 25 years, chats with The Western Producer editor Mike Raine about his paper’s deep dive into the farming implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and looks at the 2021 commodity markets outlook with Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm. Hosted by Ed White.

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Home ice advantage, processing through pandemics, weather weirdness

Can the Canadian livestock processing sector expect to just return to business as usual when or if we get past the COVID-19 pandemic? Very probably not, and Dr. Jared Carlberg lays out options for major industry players and policy makers to consider ahead of whatever the next crisis may be. Also: Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator pays a visit to a rural family that decided not to wait for local ice rinks to reopen, and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm considers what’s ahead in both a weird La Nina winter and an El Toro oilseeds market. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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