In spite of it all

I don’t think I’ve heard the word “crazy” used as many times in my life during discussions of global affairs, particularly in matters of trade, as I have in the past two years. Even during the original Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations in the 1980s with all the hoopla and controversy that swirled around that, the

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Back at CFPS

It’s been a prairie farmer’s ritual that happens every June, heading to Evraz Place to take in Canada’s Farm Progress Show. And for us farm equipment writers, it’s more than that. It’s where we go to see what the Canadian short-line manufacturers have been up to in their R&D shops, so we can fill up

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Don’t go away mad…

Early on in the Trump Administration’s initial months, manufacturer associations seemed happy to work with some of the president’s “America first” policies. Getting excited about rebuilding U.S. infrastructure, like roads and bridges, was one of those areas they saw as good for all, including themselves. It’s hard to argue with the value of that aspect

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A new fortress of solitude

For anyone keeping tabs on the NAFTA negotiations and all the craziness surrounding North American trade this past week, I think there’s a real desire to stack sandbags high around the house and hunker down until sanity—or some semblance of it—once again dominates in international affairs. By the end of last week the U.S. Administration

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Never mind Trump, Montana is open for business

Regardless of what U.S. President Donald Trump thinks about Canadian agriculture… (go ahead call him a ________________(fill in the blank)), not all Americans have the same view. Montana grain buyers and millers have been interested in Canadian grains ever since the Canadian Wheat Board folded, and recently business development reps from the Great Falls, Mt.

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Knowing the score

A few months ago I was sitting in a classroom discussing the value of exam scores. One of the questions posed was, is it important for students, either those in adult learning situations or kids in school, to focus on getting good grades, or is there a better way to evaluate progress? The opinions, as

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Steeling for higher prices

John Deere, the brand that owns the lion’s share of the farm equipment business in North America, announced recently it had a pretty good start to 2018. In fact, it estimates its net sales and revenue for the year will jump by a whopping 26 percent over last year. Whether that prediction holds may soon

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The pace of change

This week I was sitting in the cab of a 10-year-old old Class 8 truck equipped with an auto-shift transmission. After attempting to back up the truck and finesse it into position, the person behind the wheel commented that particular automatic transmission made the kind of slow manoeuvre he was attempting difficult. The transmission just

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No sour grapes here

In my blog last week, I talked about an ag equipment-related competition taking place in Finland amid the snow and cold weather. AGCO’s Valta tractor brand held the event, which brought together drivers from all over Europe to try their hand at, well, racing tractors on ice. And as I mentioned, I think we Canadians

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Gentlemen, start your engines

This year, according to Environment Canada, Edmonton has set a record for the longest continuous stretch of days with the temperature falling below freezing, almost 170 of them. And this week the forecast calls for more snow and winter-like weather there. Most of the country has seen these crazy low temperatures for months on end,

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