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2008

Jun 8, 2008
Seeds of Change: Farmers, Biotechnology, and the New Face of Agriculture This documentary film is a seventy-minute documentary film made by University of Manitoba (U of M) professor Stéphane McLachlan, U of M PhD student Ian Mauro, and independent videographer Jim Sanders, is a balanced yet hard-...
May 30, 2008
Elmer Laird (1924 - 2010), a founding member of the National Farmers Union, was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2008. He established the first certified organic research farm in Canada, and wrote about organic food production for over twenty years. The Saskatchewan...

2007

Dec 31, 2007 File(s) attached
Jun 21, 2007
June 21, 20/07   Two pieces of economic news this past week bode poorly for farmers, and both of them relate to factors far beyond their control. One is the continuing rise of the Canadian dollar against its American counterpart. The dollar neared 92 cents American, a level not seen since 1977...
Apr 16, 2007
April16, 2007   Agriculture columnists and commentators have declared that the debate over barley marketing is over. Agriculture Minister Strahl's plebiscite results are in, and we should accept them and get over it. One commentator threw down the gauntlet by declaring "anyone...

2006

Dec 31, 2006 File(s) attached
Aug 8, 2006
While women play a critical role in the day-to-day operation of Canadian farms, there has been no explicit effort to identify their policy needs or their vision of an inclusive Canadian agricultural policy. This reality contradicts the Canadian government’s commitment to achieving gender...
Feb 1, 2006 File(s) attached
The poultry industry's central role in the bird flu crisis Backyard or free-range poultry are not fuelling the current wave of bird flu outbreaks stalking large parts of the world. The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu is essentially a problem of industrial poultry practices. Its epicentre is the...

2005

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etc group -- November/December 2005 It’s no secret that transnational corporations wield unprecedented power to shape social, economic and trade policies. Today we are witnessing ever more concentrated control over – not only the food system – but the products and processes of...
Jun 30, 2005 File(s) attached
A report by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food -- July 2005 Table of Contents Terms of Reference Letter to the Minister The Farm Economy in Crisis Farm Income Consultations Impact of Government Regulation Improving Farm Income The Need for Investment...

2004

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Centre For Rural Studies and Enrichment -- November 2004 Compare the Share, Phase I was published in 1991 by the Hon. Ralph Ferguson, M.P. and his staff. The study compared producer, processor and consumer prices during the 1980's. In 1998, Mr. Ferguson donated the information from Compare the...

2003

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Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee -2003 Disastrously low prices are plaguing farmers worldwide. A deliberate shift in American agricultural policy in the 1990s has paved the way for these depressed crop prices with no mechanisms in place to change the situation. Prices...
Mar 1, 2003 File(s) attached
Centre For Rural Studies and Enrichment The motivation for the study The Canadian Farm Family at Work: Exploring Gender and Generation arose out of the need to assess the changes that had taken place over the past 20 years in the work of Canadian farm women. However, this new research evolved...

2001

Jun 30, 2001 File(s) attached
Action Aid Global food companies have grown too powerful and are undermining the fight against poverty in developing countries. They are draining wealth from rural communities, marginalising small-scale farming, and infringing people’s rights. Urgent action is needed to re-govern agricultural...