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“I think that it’s so important that we have diverse ideas coming to agriculture and that we make spaces for young people to thrive and succeed.” – Fawn Jackson, Director of Policy and International Relations, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

The beef industry’s voice in Ottawa

In representing producers on the national and global stage, Fawn Jackson has blended her passion for agriculture and politics into a rewarding career. She credits mentorship for a big part of her success

Fawn Jackson knows firsthand the power of mentorship in helping youth in agriculture succeed. She speaks warmly of the people who made a difference along her career path, and she’s an advocate for taking advantage of opportunities to learn from others at every stage of the game. “For me, mentorship has been such a key […] Read more

Negotiated cash report, packer struggles

Negotiated cash report, packer struggles

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) reported on the first quarter of monitoring the share of U.S. cattle bought through negotiated cash vs. other procurement methods. Not too surprisingly, there was good news and bad news, for those favouring more negotiated cash sales. The regions that customarily sell more finished cattle through negotiated cash sales […] Read more


The more government piles on regulations, the bigger the advantage for bigger operators with deeper pockets leaving smaller operators disadvantaged or driven out of business.

Are we headed for government-run packers?

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

You folks up north might remember when President Obama and the labour unions took over General Motors. People started referring to GM as Government Motors. Well, we’ve got folks who want to turn our packers into quasi-government packing companies. After all, if the government is going to tell packers how to buy cattle, how many […] Read more

U.S. President Biden made earlier comments indicating he’d be tough on China, but those actions have yet to materialize.

The Chinese situation: Questions but few new answers

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

The new administration down here started off with a rush. Incoming President Biden early issued a record number of executive orders (50+), nominated and got confirmed a few top officials and then everything else stalled while Congress wrangled over a $1.9 trillion (yes, that’s a T) supposed COVID-relief bill that mostly wasn’t. Clear messages were […] Read more


President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan in the White House Oval Office, March 11, 2021.

Dittmer: New sheriff leans way left

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

As you’ve heard, there’s a new sheriff in town down here. The political, economic and regulatory direction has been turned 180 degrees overnight. Unfortunately, Canada was one of the very first victims of President Biden’s wrath of the leftists. A sorry occurrence for you and for us. The only people likely to be happy that […] Read more

Comment: Still America first

Updated March 11 Depending on your political persuasion, you likely watched President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January with relief, worry or some mix of the two. Will we see a more protectionist U.S. government? Will Biden restore capacity at the World Trade Organization (WTO)? What will the mood be of our largest trading partner and […] Read more


It’s unlikely that President Joe Biden will push trade as hard as former President Donald Trump.

Dittmer: U.S. political outlook for 2021

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

Government bureaucrats and politicians tend to interfere with our lives when it is not necessary, harming our livelihoods, and then refuse to get involved when we need them, to defend our rights, uphold the law or make hard decisions. A long held conservative principle is that the government closest to the people governs best, e.g. […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol, VisitTheCapitol.gov)

Dittmer: The state of affairs in the United States

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

Though there may be Supreme Court cases still pending when you read this, it’s looking like Joe Biden will be our next president. The foundation of our constitutional republic is our ability as citizens to direct our government through representatives we elect. With tens of millions of citizens lacking confidence in the outcome of a […] Read more


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Biden transition team holds talks with biofuel groups -sources

New York | Reuters – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has held calls with biofuel groups on topics including compliance with U.S. biofuel blending laws and Biden’s low-carbon climate vision, according to two sources familiar with the conversations. The discussions with biofuel trade groups as well as POET, a top company in the cellulosic […] Read more

The U.S. cattle herd is in a contraction phase and will likely shrink over the next couple of years.

A post-U.S. election discussion

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many calls from cattle producers regarding the outlook of the U.S. election. At the time of writing this article, it appears that Joe Biden will be the next U.S. president. This is a large unknown but barring any trade barriers, the cattle market should function normally. President-elect Biden wants to improve the U.S. […] Read more