Year: 2016

The Carbon Tax, Trump, & Canadian Competitiveness: A Year-End Conversation With Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay

Whether we’re talking about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national carbon tax commitment, the signing of the Canada-EU trade deal, the canola agreement with China, or Canada’s primary trading partner electing Donald Trump, there was no shortage of agriculture-related news in Ottawa in 2016. This year also marked the Liberals’ first full year in power, and Lawrence MacAulay’s first… Read more »

No Compressor or Hoses for Cordless Fence Stapler

Marketed as “the world’s first cordless fencing stapler,” the STOCKade ST400i won first place in the innovation contest at Agri-Trade in Red Deer, Alta., this fall. The cordless stapler has more power than a pneumatic fencing stapler and does not require a compressor and hoses, notes Axle Boris of Langley, BC-based FenceFast Ltd., in this video recorded at Agribition… Read more »

Essay Contest to Win Your Way to ’17 Youth Ag Summit

The third annual Global Youth Agriculture Summit will be held from October 9 to 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The 2017 summit is hosted by Bayer and two Belgian young farmers associations, Groene Kring and Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs. Canada will send four selected candidates to the summit, two of which will be chosen through… Read more »

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (A Rancher’s Rendition)

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a Christmas classic, written by Frank Loesser in 1944, in which a female singer explains why she’s unable to stay for a romantic evening. As anybody who has animals that need tending knows, the idyllic moments of the holidays can be fleeting. It’s less cozy time in front of a crackling… Read more »

52 Weeks, 52 Farms — Andrew Campbell’s Plan for 2017

London, Ontario-area dairy farmer and Real Ag contributor Andrew Campbell is at it again (or still!), launching another online ag awareness project for 2017. Following up on his work with #farm365, he’s planning to visit and shine a spotlight on 52 Canadian farms in 52 weeks. “I thought it’d be kind of neat to start touring other… Read more »

Canola School: Holiday Conversations about Food and Farming

Food and conversations are two fundamental parts of holiday plans for many people, as we head out to Christmas dinners and New Year parties with family and friends. If you’re a farmer, chances are someone will ask “how was harvest?” or “how’d the weather impact your farm this year?” or the popular “how much is a combine these days?,”… Read more »

TechTour: How To Build A Driverless Tractor

Innovation is a constant part of life on most farms. A farmer’s mind is often focused on figuring out how to make something run more efficiently. Together with Dow AgroSciences we’re excited to launch the 2017 season of the TechTour here on RealAgriculture. Over the coming months we are going to shine a spotlight on innovations that have occurred… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 21: Building Trust and Dialogue Around Food and Farming

Today’s show, hosted by Kelvin Heppner, focuses on ag community efforts to build trust and awareness among the 98 percent of North Americans who are not involved in primary food production. Featuring interviews from the past year, guests include Charlie Arnot, Crystal MacKay, Joe Schwarcz and Yvette d’Entremont, aka the “SciBabe.” Enjoy! Catch RealAg Radio every… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 21: Unlocking the Secrets of Crop Rotation (Hint: It’s All About OM)

After a week in the sunny south (no, not Chatham), Peter Johnson returns for this latest Wheat Pete’s Word. Always one to keep it festive, Johnson kicks off this week’s word with a lovely chat about hog manure, moves on to grain storage problems in cold weather, and even tackles some wild claims of lowering soil… Read more »

Saskatchewan Names Farm & Food Champions

For the first time, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan have honoured an individual and an organization as “Champions” of food and farming. Announced earlier this month in conjunction with the Farm & Food Care Farms at the Table conference, the Champion Award was given to Dr. Leigh Rosengren, a veterinarian, epidemiologist, and beef producer from… Read more »

G3 Unveils Plan for Vancouver Port Terminal

G3 — the grain company that acquired the former Canadian Wheat Board — has unveiled plans to build the first fully new grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver since the 1960s. Located in North Vancouver, the 180,000-tonne facility will feature a rail loop track that will be capable of holding three 134-car trains (see drawing… Read more »

Your Water Trough is Calling — Float Sends Text Alerts of Low Water

Wouldn’t it be nice to know if you were low on water well before you headed to the field? Chris Sobchuk, of Allen Leigh Securities, distributors of CowCam and more, shows Shaun Haney how this latest gadget not only measures when a trough is low or gone dry, but also alerts you via text message as… Read more »

New Year Prediction: Your Natural Capital Will Be Trending

Every decade or so, the rest of the world realizes how cool it is to be a farmer — to be someone with “natural capital,” that is, a steward of natural resources such as healthy soil, clean water, and good air. In my lifetime, it’s happened a few times in North America, driven initially by… Read more »

Pollinator Health is not Just Farmers’ Responsibility

The Ontario government recently rolled out its Pollinator Health Action Plan, a draft of which had been put forward in January, 2016, and up for discussion. The final product, found here, is remarkably similar, and, as many have commented, it’s a solid, balanced approach to improving honeybee and native pollinator health in the province. The… Read more »

Wheat School: The Fusarium Story of 2016

The rain that helped Western Canadian farmers grow big wheat yields in 2016 also created some quality problems that are complicating the marketing of the 31.7 million tonne crop. Almost half (48.6 percent) of the Canada Western Red Spring wheat samples received by the Canadian Grain Commission in its voluntary harvest sample program were downgraded… Read more »