Local newspapers disappearing from the fabric of rural communities

So what makes a rural community? Some people believe that it is about the hospital, the hockey rink, the school or maybe the post office. What about the local newspaper? Is it still a fabric of the community like it once was? We might not even know how much they mean until they are all… Read more »

Ottawa publishes details on income sprinkling changes

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau shared new details on his government’s proposed tax policy changes for income splitting or sprinkling on Wednesday, the last day before MPs head home for Christmas. The revised changes include “bright line” tests designed to determine whether a business owner’s family members make meaningful contributions to the business, and are… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 13: Food prices, WASDE and the stalling Bill C-49

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show talking about the importance of local media. Has your local newspaper gone out of business? Your TV station? Has that changed your community’s identity? Also on the show: Top Ag News How Bill C-49 is now hung-up, right around the same time as StatsCan increased the production numbers…. Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 13: A cover crop crash and the great aeration debate

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson talks drilling wheat, rotational questions, plot data, drying and much more. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave him a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected] Summary: 01:05 – Wheat is… Read more »

No, agriculture won’t be quiet, Mr. Ross

We often hear that farmers need to tell their story. Farmers need to speak up and make sure their concerns are heard and are understood by politicians and consumers. Too many times our messages seem to fall on deaf ears with left and right leaning governments. However, last week’s #farmers4NAFTA campaign by U.S. farm groups and… Read more »

Eating out and La Nina to raise Canadian food spending in 2018

The average Canadian family of four will spend $348 more on food in 2018, according to an annual food price report released on Wednesday. Published by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, the 8th edition of “Canada’s Food Price Report” forecasts higher restaurant spending and La Nina will drive food costs higher next year,… Read more »

From a seed farm in Manitoba to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

From a seed farm in Manitoba to supporting children orphaned in Zambia, Robynne Anderson has dedicated much of her life to agriculture, and to people. In the late 1980s, Anderson became a special assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister, working on legislation around the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act. Building on her experiences and passion for… Read more »