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
  • Shannon Van Raes, Manitoba Co-operator Reporter
  • 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.


Plant-based proteins get a boost, making the case for sustainable meat, and some interesting history on the first NAFTA negotiations more than two decades ago

The head of Protein Industries Canada discusses the potential spinoffs of its supercluster win for the western Canadian economy, a California author and environmentalist speaks up in defence of beef, and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney recalls how some some tough posturing by Canada won key concessions in the first NAFTA agreement on this week’s Between the Rows with host Laura Rance.

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The trouble with organic crop insurance, early seeding and what farmers might plant in 2018

Organic farmers and the Manitoba Agricultural Insurance Corporation can agree on one thing: the system isn’t working very well for organic crops. Join this week’s host Robert Arnason who talks with the Manitoba Co-operator’s Alexis Stockford about why. Jeremy Simes of the Western Producer explains new research that could redefine what early seeding looks like on the Prairies and Bruce Burnett, Glacier FarmMedia’s director of weather and markets information is in talk about farmers’ seeding intentions against the backdrop of record global grain stocks.

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NAFTA or not, trade is in Canada’s future

Join Between the Rows host Ed White this week as reporters Ashley Robinson of Commodity News Service Canada and Robert Arnason of the Western Producer report in from conferences carrying a strikingly similar — and positive — message for those worried about the possible demise of NAFTA. Reporter Shannon VanRaes talks about how farmers can do a better job reaching out to the media.

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Soil disease testing, let’s talk about clubroot, and NAFTA uncertainty builds

Rex Newkirk with the University of Saskatchewan talks about soil disease testing, Alberta farmer John Gilly stresses the importance of spreading the word about clubroot, Manitoba agriculture minister Ralph Eichler shares his thoughts on the effects of NAFTA uncertainty and Allan Preston and Wanda McFadyen of the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative talk about the challenge of proper water management.

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A new country of origin threat, climate change and what’s in store for canary seed prices

This week’s Between the Rows was recorded on location at Crop Production Week in Saskatoon. Reporter Sean Pratt brings you a story about how pending country of origin labelling laws in Italy might affect Canadian grain farmers, Robin Booker talks to a leading climate change scientist about climate change on the Canadian Prairies and William DeKay finds out what’s in store for canary seed prices. Hosted by The Western Producer’s Robin Booker.

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A round table look back on 2017 Canada/U.S. NAFTA negotiations

A round table look back at 2017 NAFTA negotiations with clips from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, David Warner of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council, Agripulse Senior Trade Editor, Bill Tomson and others. Panelists include: Allan Dawson of the Manitoba Co-operator, Bruce Burnett, Glacier FarmMedia’s Director of Weather and Markets Information and Robert Arnason of The Western Producer. Hosted by The Western Producer’s Ed White.

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A supply management system that helps with low prices, a report on farming in the U.K. and Glacier FarmMedia’s director of Weather and Crop Information Bruce Burnett looks at the markets

The Western Producer’s Barb Duckworth reports on her trip to the U.K. where she talked to farmers about trade issues, U.S. agricultural economist Harwood Schaffer from the University of Tennessee’s Agricultural Policy Analysis Centre talks about his idea for a supply management system to support farmers through periods of low prices and Glacier FarmMedia’s director of Weather and Crop Information Bruce Burnett looks at the markets.

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