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Before we get too far into 2019, the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission (IRAC) is expected to file its report on land ownership with Communities, Lands and Environment Minister Richard Brown.

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I recently had the opportunity to take in a presentation from Dr. Adam Fenech of the University of Prince Edward Island Climate Change Laboratory entitled "Agriculture in a Changing Climate and How to Prepare."

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Joel Salatin is a rock star for people concerned about how food is produced. This is how he describes himself: "Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer." The Virginia based farmer was on PEI in November speaking and leading workshops at a farm conference in Charlotte…

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Reporters (myself included) always want to sound like the smartest person in the room when asking questions, but it doesn’t mean we get the answers we need. Conservative MLA Brad Trivers has developed a questioning style in committee hearings where he plays on his lack of knowledge, and asks…

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Neither picture was pretty but they highlight two of the major challenges producers face daily -- excessive government regulation and extreme weather conditions.

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There are many stories going around about the toll this miserable, awful harvest season is having on farmers.

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When officials from Cavendish Farms were asked to appear before the Standing Committee on Communities Land and Environment, the topic was supposed to be how much land the company owned or controlled.

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A friend reminded me that five years ago I had said that if my generation (born in the 1950’s) didn’t legalize marijuana in our lifetime then we are complete hypocrites.

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The federal government has released its two year agreement with the province on how to meet its obligations under the Paris Climate Change Agreement and there are more questions than answers at this point.

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Canada’s dairy farmers are the scapegoat of international trade deals for the country. You remember in the Bible when a goat is designated to be cast into the desert to carry away the sins of the community. This goat will survive for now, but I can appreciate the bitterness of farmers who’ve…

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay found himself in for a rough ride when he was confronted by a vocal contingent of Island dairy producers during a recent funding announcement in Poole's Corner.

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Once again, the country's dairy producers find themselves facing the possibility of surrendering more market access in exchange for Canada signing on to a trade deal. This time around , it is the revamped North American Free Trade Agreement.

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This province already has a growing list of food processors who have carved out a niche in the national and international marketplace.

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The long-awaited expansion of the Island's three grain elevators is good news for the Island farm community.

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It wasn’t Cavendish Farm’s demand for new irrigation permits that caught my eye, that was to be expected. It was the assertion that the french fry business is going to become even more competitive. Is Cavendish Farms crying wolf? Again.

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The weather on PEI has always been changeable but this spring and summer has been unusual even by that yardstick. With the exception of hurricanes and earthquakes, the province has been hit with just about everything-- a cold and rainy spring, a flash freeze in early June, and a prolonged bo…

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I’ve had a fair bit of reaction to my last column, some positive, much more of it negative. I always appreciate the feedback. I’d argued that a legal concept called restorative justice might be a better way to handle some environmental infractions like fish kills. Anyone found responsible wo…

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The closure of the Cavendish Farms fresh produce facility, coupled with another dry summer, is re-igniting the debate on rescinding the 2002 moratorium on deep water wells for agricultural purposes.

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The latest potato acreage figures from Statistics Canada show the industry, both in PEI and across the country, is mastering the art of matching supply to demand.

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It was the retrial of Brookfield Gardens earlier this month on charges related to a fish kill in the North River four years ago that got me thinking about how the justice system deals with environmental infractions.

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“Local” has become a thing. For decades Co-op Atlantic was the food retailer that pushed its importance, and a small group of local fanatics would go nowhere else to shop. Not enough however. The Co-op is gone, but now the big boys (and girls) Sobeys and Loblaws (Superstore) try to outdo eac…

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The planting update issued recently by United Potato Growers of Canada points out the obvious truth that this is a big country with a lot of weather patterns.

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Canada’s national newspapers have been very consistent over the years in their condemnation of supply management.

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While the meeting was planned some time in advance, the visit of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to the Midgell farm of his Canadian counterpart happened at one of the lowest points in the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

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There’s a risk putting Rachel Carson’s name in the title of this column. Some will see it and presume I’m going to go off on an anti-pesticide rant and stop reading. Others will read on hoping for a rant and I’m going to disappoint them too.

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While there were a few sunny spots in the last week of May and the first full week of June, for the most part, Mother Nature gave us little to write home about.

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We’re enjoying a good moment in potato breeding, something we should celebrate.

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The best of times, the worst of times, playing out right in front of us.

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Doug Campbell hit the nail right on the head when he said two legged pests have almost become as big a problem for producers as four legged insects.

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I keep a file of stories on farmers who become convinced they’re not being treated fairly by buyers, usually big food processors. These are stories of those who have done something about it, often setting up small processing businesses producing specialty products.

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It’s not often that the business pages of a newspaper offer anything on social policy, or that McDonalds is portrayed as a solution to food security, but there it was: “How greedy McDonalds became the most effective poverty-fighter in the country” was the headline.

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There aren’t many things that are predictable when it comes to farming, but for a decade reasonable (and sometimes very high) prices for corn and soybeans has been one of them.

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Being the editor of a farm newspaper on Prince Edward Island doesn't afford many chances to interview world-class celebrities.

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When senior executives of two of the biggest meat processing companies in North America talk about the future, it’s worth paying attention. When they both say virtually the same thing then there’s really something going on.

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While grain farmers in western Canada are panicking about a shortage of rail cars, producers in this part of the country face a different but equally daunting challenge.

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PEI farmers can certainly play with the big boys and girls when it comes to growing crops and breeding livestock. The challenge is Islanders consume just a fraction of what’s produced, less than 20%. The rest has to find markets elsewhere, throughout North America and overseas.

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I was wondering what Gilbert Clements would have thought of a small, very productive, organic farm winning the environmental award given out in his name each year by the Federation of Agriculture.

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It’s still officially a year and a half away but many see the recent cabinet shuffle as the first move by Wade MacLauchlan’s Liberals to get ready for the next election.

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Soil and the near-shore waters around our coast are the cornerstones of PEI’s economic life. They not only feed us, but give work to almost all the trades and professions from food processors, mechanics and machinists, to lawyers and accountants.

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While there has been a change in the top job at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, it is unlikely there will be any major shift in direction.

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While Farm and Food Care PEI may eventually prove itself as a vehicle for raising the profile of Island agriculture, it is off to somewhat of a rocky start.

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