Biotech soybeans in Romania: Loss of benefits since EU accession

By Graham Brookes, PG Economics Ltd, UK   When Romania joined the European Union (EU) in 2007 and adopted EU policies, its farmers were no longer allowed to use GM herbicide tolerant (to the herbicide glyphosate) soybeans that many had been using since original authorisation in 1999.  Ten years on, …

Storytelling 2.0: The next generation in outreach and communication

By Cami Ryan Storytelling today requires a whole new level of agility and ingenuity. We humans depend upon our close personal networks for social survival (acceptance). Our personal identities are inextricably tied to our social networks. As communicators, we must find ways to share our stories that won’t alienate our …

Consumer Pressure Leads to Misguided Policy

By Brandon Leffler, University of Saskatchewan student Recently, the use of herbicides as a sustainable means of crop protection has come into the public eye. Based on social pressures and non-scientific pressures, governments are now looking at how herbicides are regulated. In particular, glyphosate has become the herbicide to target. Based …

A carbon tax will negatively affect agriculture in Canada

By Brady Blackmore, University of Saskatchewan student With the federal government’s announcement last fall of a implementing a carbon tax across the country, many people are still worried about how it will affect the agriculture sector. The plan is to set a minimum floor price on carbon at $10 a tonne …

Cattle Welfare Before Consumer Concerns

Will Changing Animal Welfare Regulations Benefit Cattle and Producers? By Laramie Slade, University of Saskatchewan student Across Canada, consumers want to know the story behind the beef they eat. They want to know where it came from, how it was raised, and if it was raised humanely and with care. Consumers have …

Blacklegged Canadian Canola

What China’s Restrictions Mean to Canadian Producers By Kalene Kammer, University of Saskatchewan student On September 1, 2016, Canadian canola producers prepared themselves for new dockage restrictions placed by China on exported canola. Dockage refers to the readily removable foreign material that is removed from grain in the cleaning process. Previously, …

The Buzz on Neonicotinoids

By Kaytlin Robertson, University of Saskatchewan student Neonicotinoids are commonly used agricultural systemic pesticides typically applied to the seed and transferred through the vascular system to the rest of the plant, making all parts of it toxic to any insect that chews on it (LinkTV, 2012).  There is a public perception that …

Sustainability of Conventional vs Organic Farming

By Jordan McInnis, University of Saskatchewan student Background Organic farming is the oldest type of farming. It is farming without the use of any synthetic chemicals or industrial fertilizers. Conventional farming is farming with the use of GMO’s, chemicals, and fertilizers. Conventional farming is the more popular and common practice in …