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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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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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Farmland affordability in Canada, life on a New Zealand farm, commodity markets ups and downs

Farm Credit Canada’s chief economist J.P. Gervais discusses the latest Farmland Values Report and which direction farmland affordability is headed; New Zealand farmer Tim Anderson offers his insight of farm life and shares stories from his family’s beef and sheep farm; and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm gives his take on commodity news in our weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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A trip to the POV, the impacts of COVID-19 on ag-research and hog biosecurity, China and canola in the news

Reporter Alexis Kienlen with the Alberta Farmer Express talks with Ed White about their recent trip to the Port of Vancouver; Lana Shaw with the South East Research Farm discusses some COVID-19 -related challenges that she and other ag-researchers could encounter this spring; Dr. Egan Brockhoff with the Canadian Pork Council and swine veterinarian Blaine Tully call in to discuss COVID-19 challenges and bio-security protocols for Canada’s pork sector; and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm joins us for the weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Ed White of The Western Producer.

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COVID-19 challenges seasonal ag-workers, a venerable ag-reporter retires, disaster planning for the farm

Beth Connery, owner/operator of Connery’s Riverdale Farms, discusses the fast-changing landscape of bringing seasonal workers to Canada; renowned ag-reporter Barb Duckworth of The Western Producer prepares for her retirement after 32 years with the publication; Alexis Kienlen of the Alberta Farmer Express reports on a recent seminar that dealt with emergency preparedness on the farm; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm fills us in on the recent activity in commodity markets and weather. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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