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TOBAN DYCK: U.S.-China trade wars 'a whole new kettle of fish' for Canadian farmers feeling the fallout
Canadian farmers have been deeply affected by the ongoing and escalating trade war between U.S. and China. “Farmers are always cognizant of changing market conditions,” said John Guelly, who farms near Westlock, Alta., and chairs the ...
TOBAN DYCK: Trump's support in agricultural communities is deepening the rural-urban divide
On June 21, the Washington Post published an article about how some “once-loyal farmers” were beginning to doubt U.S. President Donald Trump. The article looked at the political and environmental challenges South Dakota farmer Ray ...
TOBAN DYCK: Like it or not, glyphosate is a big part of Canadian farming
I was hiking on Vancouver Island when I took the call from an unknown number. It lasted about 20 minutes. I listened. It was compelling and telling. The caller, who had apparently sleuthed for my number, said that I had “singlehandedly ...
TOBAN DYCK: Farming’s dire conditions will affect Canada’s economy. It’s time to push for change
There’s a ubiquitous and operational assumption among farmers and those in the industry that governments consider their agricultural departments a nuisance — a necessary evil — a shelter for cabinet ministers to graduate from en ...
TOBAN DYCK: Farmers forced to reckon with the whims of China as diplomatic spat drags on
I farm in central Canada, on the northern tip of the Great Plains, in an area surrounded by gravel, forest and cropland. Southern Manitoba is my home. It’s rural. It’s difficult to comprehend that the fate of the markets we depend on ...
TOBAN DYCK: Before you attack farmers for pesticides, try feeding the world without them
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Agricultural sector buckling in for a period of tight margins, volatile markets and consumer opposition
The commodities market for many field crops is ostensibly feral. The cost of producing a crop is increasing, a trajectory propelled by a punitive regulatory environment, new taxes, high seed/chemistry prices and costly technologies. A flustered ...