Let’s start with the good: this year we celebrated 10 years of RealAgriculture, beef exports to Japan were stellar, and the new NAFTA (USMCA) trade deal moved ever closer to ratification. From there, though, we’ll be honest — 2019 was a tough year for planting and seeding, growing, harvest, cattle prices, lamb prices, and international… Read More

“We haven’t been good at telling consumers and our customers in other parts of the world how we are sustainable.” That’s the message from the honourable Ted Menzies at this year’s Prairie Cereals Summit. Menzies was there to give an update to attendees on what the framework looks like surrounding the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable… Read More

Why do family farm businesses fail? Quite often it’s not economics but rather family governance issues and relationship problems, says farmer and business consultant Dick Wittman. Many farms fail because operators don’t run the farm in a professional manner, says Wittman who learned plenty of valuable lessons managing a family-operated 20,000 acre crop, cattle, and… Read More

More than 100 pigs have been reported stolen from a farm in Oxford township area of southwestern Ontario. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say officers with the Oxford County detachment were sent out to a farm in the area on Boxing Day after receiving a report of stolen pigs. Police say sometime between November 9,… Read More

Have you ever wondered how countries that buy Canadian wheat learn about each crop-year’s characteristics? The story of each crop begins with the harvest sample program, involves a careful analysis of the crop, and continues with crop missions to countries such as Singapore, Ecuador, China, and Mexico. Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada, and Gary Stanford,… Read More

Before being released in Canada, hemp cultivars go through an approval process very different from other crops. Unlike wheat or canola, for example, lines are not required to undergo a certain amount of trialing in Canada before they can be grown here. That’s not to say there aren’t processes in place to vet cultivars before… Read More