Year: 2010

Are You a Business First Family Farm? – Jolene Brown

It’s no secret or will it shock you if I told you that I think farmers are terrible at succession planning.  If most of you reflected on your own personal situations I would assume you would say that you agree.  The question that arises is, if we know this to be true, why do we… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Just Ask Anne – Anne Dunford

We thought it would be cool to do something for the Beef Market Update this week.  This week I collected some questions from viewers and gave them to Anne.  We are going to call it JUST ASK ANNE !!! We think that you will really like this segment and we plan to do it more… Read more »

Using Land Rollers and Packers to Manage Soil and Rocks

Whenever I attend farm shows I always like to check out the different implements. When you travel out of your home region you tend to see different implements than your own. This is a great way to pick up on tools and techniques that are being used in different regions and maybe apply them to… Read more »

Will Changes to GIPSA Impact the Canadian Cattle Industry? – Kevin Grier

The American market is very important to the Canadian cattle industry. Domestic policies in the United States can greatly impact the Canadian industry. Just think about Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) and the discussion in Canada in terms of mitigating its impact. There are some proposed changes to GIPSA potentially coming and questions and several… Read more »

The Balance of Power May be Changing

Residents of Rural Alberta, Forget those feelings of Entitlement – You’re nowhere near as important as you once were but MAYBE the Times are a Changing I had the privilege of being a resident of rural Alberta in the heady days of the Peter Lougheed era. At the risk of sounding nostalgic, those were the… Read more »

Is EU/Can Free Trade Good For Canadian Farmers? – Kathleen Sullivan, CAFTA

After last weeks two posts on the Canada / EU free trade agreement I received several emails from people saying that they believe that this deal will provide limited benefit to the farmer or livestock producer in Canada. The NFU has been very vocal but I find it hard to take much that they say… Read more »

Is Organic Food Really What You think It Is? – Mischa Popoff

I have almost become desensitized to attacks on biotech crops and food.  Quite regularly you can watch the news or read the newspaper and hear negative reports that are unfounded and baseless in much fact.  Rarely do you hear someone attack the validity of organic food and especially from someone that is from the inside…. Read more »

Beef Market Update – Will Canadian Feedyards Import US Feeder Cattle? – Anne Dunford

Not since the early 2000’s have Canadian feedyards imported US feeder cattle in great numbers.  Rumours are swirling that 2010 may be the year that this practice becomes popular again.  There is no doubt that this will not sit well with Canadian ranchers due to the possible extra supply dragging down the current healthy calf… Read more »

Impact of the EU – Canada Free Trade Agreement on Canadian Beef – Ted Haney, CBEF

Canada has been working at increasing the access of Canadian beef into Europe for quite some time.  If the EU / Canada free trade agreement is ratified later this year the benefits will be very positive for Canadian beef producers.  Gaining access for hormone free beef into Europe will have large benefits for the industry… Read more »

RC Planes Help Farmers Make Better Decisions

It continues to amaze me how fast and rapid technology is coming to agriculture to help farmers improve decision making.  Since the advent of GPS the possibilities are continually proving to be endless and……very cool. With the ability to take vegetative index readings and then make decisions within 24 hours is truly interesting. What really… Read more »

The Farms.com Canola Harvest Watch at Serfas Farms in Alberta

This week I helped out Farms.com by filming the Canola Harvest Watch. I talked to Serfas Farms just south of Lethbridge about how their canola harvest went. The Serfas’s are a family operation that farms wheat, barley, canola and silage corn. Mark and Kevin farm with their dad Herb and are based in Turin, Alberta…. Read more »

Trying to Improve Food Distribution for Farmers in Ontario – Dr. John Kelly

Farmers markets have exploded into the mainstream with the public’s increased attention on the supply of food. Traditionally this has been where farmer’s that are interested in direct marketing their production can gather with consumers to due business. Dr. John Kelly, VP of Erie Innovation and Commercialization discussed his study to improve the distribution of… Read more »