Barley, Free at Last – April 4, 2007
The vote margins in the barley referendum accurately reflect growers' desire for marketing choices. They can plant with the knowledge of how much and when they will be paid. Malsters are now more likely to build plants in Canada. The Wheat Board needs leaders capable of adapting to new circumstances.
The Wheat Board Should Have Remained Neutral – March 27, 2007
The referendum's over, but where does the Wheat Board go to retrieve its honour? Its interference in the process demonstrates again that it is a renegade agency willing to use the people's money to engage in special pleading.
How the Canadian Wheat Board Acquired its Monopoly Powers – December 20, 2006
A history lesson on how the Canadian Wheat Board came into existence shows that its purpose was never to obtain higher prices for farmers, who never had any say over the 1943 imposition of its monopoly power.
Ban on New Hog Barns Is Poor Policy – November 22, 2006
A moratorium on the licensing of new hog barns is only the worst in a string of poor decisions.
Show Me the Money – November 12, 2006
Cross-border sampling results agree with most of the studies that have been done. Farmers just south of the border get paid more for identical wheat and barley crops. The Wheat Board's so-called price advantage is a chimera.
Wheat Board Needs to Develop a Backbone – November 10, 2006
Advocates for the Canadian Wheat Board who say a loss of monopoly power would destroy the agency are mistaken. Its strengths could easily be translated into successful performance in a free market.
Airing Out the Wet Blanket – November 7, 2006
The outdated monopoly power of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) sits like a wet blanket over the entire Prairie economy. From plant breeders through to the farm gate and on to our rural communities, into our cities and right to our ports, the dampening effect is widespread, pervasive and tangible.
The Wheat Board: To Vote or Not to Vote – September 16, 2006
A Wheat Board plebiscite at best will accomplish nothing and at worst derail the Conservatives’ promise of marketing choice even as it alienates their Western base.
Dual Market Denial – July 26, 2006
Ending the Wheat Board's marketing monopoly and competition would not mean its demise. To believe that is to ignore history.
Harper Panders on Trade – May 20, 2006
In WTO negotiations, federal Conservatives are compromising the interests of the vast majority of farmers to protect a privileged few.
The Multiplier Effect – April 24, 2006
The elimination of trade barriers like subsidies and tariffs could increase the world's wealth by as much a $2 trillion.
Cause and Effect – April 10, 2006
Based on uncertain science, the Province of Manitoba's new regulations for nutrient loading will impose heavy costs on farmers but may do nothing to solve the problem.
Reforming the Wheat Board Without a Fight – March 21, 2006
Free-market farmers are saying the Harper government can revoke a harmful monopoly without amending the Wheat Board Act.
An Environmental Strategy for Stephen Harper – February 19, 2006
The new Conservative government is uniquely positioned to forge a new, modern environmentalism.
Playing Russian Roulette with Trade – December 19, 2005
It's unanimous; all parties in Parliament are risking Canada's whole farm sector by catering to the interests of a small minority.
Growing Hog Opportunities on the Prairies – December 13, 2005
Further growth in the burgeoning pork industry is hampered by high feed costs, and a simple solution is available.
Don’t Tax Groceries to Save the Farm – November 22, 2005
Danger lurks when soil scientists enter the unfamiliar territory of economics.
Fixing the Wheat Board’s Democratic Deficit – October 16, 2005
Elections of directors to the Canadian Wheat Board should exclude farmers who have little stake in the outcome.
Incentives or Regulations? – September 22, 2005
Canada is finally moving towards an environmental policy for farmers that works, because it respects their rights.
Cattle Ruling a Victory for Free Trade – July 28, 2005
The end of the "mad cow" crisis adds to a string of recent trade victories in agriculture.