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Election 2019: Ag groups want the parties to pay attention

MarketsFarm — Two major national farm organizations want the political parties to pay more attention to agriculture as the federal election continues. However, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) have somewhat different takes as to what they see as paramount. “It’s really important that we uphold the quality of […] Read more

This spring had cattle-on-feed placements sharply higher than year-ago levels in the mid-weight categories which will result in a sharp year-over-year increase in market-ready supplies this fall.

Soft beef demand outlook for September and October

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Alberta fed cattle prices have been hovering in the range of $143 to $148 throughout the summer period. The market has been relatively stable without any major changes to supply and demand. Looking forward, beef production is expected to increase during September and October. At the same time, demand moves through a seasonal low. It’s […] Read more



Two economies, two theories

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

In May 1983’s G7 Summit, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl asked President Reagan to “Tell us about the American miracle.” Kohl was referring to America’s booming economy while the rest of the world was floundering. Reagan explained that cutting tax rates incentivized citizens and businesses, stimulated economic growth and eventually increased total tax return to the […] Read more


It would be very difficult for the U.S. to maintain their healthy beef export market without an imported supply of cattle from Canada.

Here we go again

Tariff disputes with the U.S. are nothing new

For many years we have complacently assumed that American displeasure with Canada’s supply management regime for dairy and poultry production was an issue well isolated from other agricultural sectors. This perhaps was never the case, but it certainly is no longer. If the wayward and quixotic President Trump can slap punitive duties on steel and […] Read more



'One-size-fits-all solutions do not cover the different situations each producer will face.' – Lance Stockbrugger, Englefeld, Sask.

The tax man cometh

… and you need a long-term plan

If there’s one thing Lance Stockbrugger knows about farmers and ranchers, it’s that they don’t like paying tax. Stockbrugger, who farms near Englefeld, Sask., is a chartered accountant, specializing in income tax, who has spent 20 years sharing his specialized agriculture knowledge with his clients in areas of estate planning, tax reorganization and intergenerational transitions. […] Read more

CCA Report: Speaking up for NAFTA

From the February 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) leadership travelled to two major agriculture policy conventions in the United States in early January to promote common interests in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and urge progress on regulatory modernization to improve the flow of trade between the two countries. The advocacy efforts are part of an increasingly […] Read more


A different kind of man

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

It was a unique classroom setting, sitting upon a log at the seaside. In the distance the mountain peaks were blue shadows and the ocean was this day like glass; gentle and caressing her shores with the hand of a guiding mother. The topic between this day’s teacher and I was the relationship between gross […] Read more

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (c) addresses the media with Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo (l) and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (r) at the close of the third round of NAFTA talks involving the United States, Mexico and Canada in Ottawa, Ont., on September 27, 2017.

NAFTA talks take a sinister turn

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

The NAFTA negotiators have completed Rounds 3 and 4 and the progress has been glacial. What we don’t know is whether that is just as well, seeing we can’t be sure what will satisfy President Trump. Round 3, held in Canada, was devoted to getting on paper the items the three countries could agree on. […] Read more