NAFTA negotiations ‘hang over heads’ of Canadian farmers, U.S. counterparts – CBCNEWS

by Kaitie Fraser (via msn.com)

As the sun comes up on farmers across Essex County, Ont., it’s not their livestock or crops they check first thing in the morning — it’s the markets.

The tough talk between Canada and the U.S. around NAFTA negotiations is having real-life consequences for those working in the industry every day.

“You’re at everybody else’s whim and whatever they want,” said Henry Denotter, a grain and oilseed farmer in Kingsville, Ont.


Denotter’s farm covers nearly 610 hectares, where he grows everything from soybeans and corn to wheat and rye. But each morning, he looks to the U.S. to see what kind of profits he can expect.


“We can’t set the prices, we’re looking at Chicago everyday to see how grain is doing. And somebody starts a rumour — whether it’s [U.S. President] Donald Trump or China and the market goes down 30 cents, 10 cents, even a penny makes a difference in our end profits.”


Those profits are what keeps Denotter’s equipment running and business afloat, he said, as he has to make payments on machinery just like anyone would on a home or car.


As a grain farmer, Denotter said he is selling on a global stage, not part of Canada’s supply management system of quotas, which control how much its dairy, poultry and egg farmers are allowed to produce.

a cow standing next to a wire fence: While politicians discuss NAFTA, Essex County, Ont. farmers worry about fluctuating markets and the possible flood of foreign dairy, should supply management go the wayside.
© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation While politicians discuss NAFTA, Essex County, Ont. farmers worry about fluctuating markets and the possible flood of foreign dairy, should supply management go the wayside.

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High And Dry: Swiss Army Airlifts Water To Cows In Drought-Stricken Mountains — News : NPR

Water scarcity and heat are threatening two of Switzerland’s main agricultural products: milk and cheese. But the shortage affects far more than cows — Swiss glaciers also feed Europe’s major rivers.(Image credit: Eleanor Beardsley/NPR)

via High And Dry: Swiss Army Airlifts Water To Cows In Drought-Stricken Mountains — News : NPR

‘A Ban In All But Name’ – Shipping Calves for Slaughter to Europe — The Orkney News

“the SNP Government needs to wake up and listen to the 73% of voters who recently said they supported a ban on the trade.”

via ‘A Ban In All But Name’ – Shipping Calves for Slaughter to Europe — The Orkney News

The New Neighbors — Day by Day the Farm Girl Way…

Back in June, we learned that an old friend of FD’s had purchased the farm ground west and south of the pecan orchard. We heard he would be putting in wheat for winter cattle grazing on the upper south fields, and would sprig Bermuda grass on the lower river bottom fields. We were thrilled about […]

via The New Neighbors — Day by Day the Farm Girl Way…

With Spanish Classes, Vet Schools Aim To Break Down Barriers With Farmworkers

Kudos to vet schools for embracing diversity to better inform animal care!

Because many farmworkers speak Spanish, veterinarian schools are pushing to open the lines of communication and ensure accurate medical care by producing more bilingual graduates.(Image credit: Esther Honig/Harvest Public Media)

via With Spanish Classes, Vet Schools Aim To Break Down Barriers With Farmworkers — News : NPR