Agronomically speaking, soil compaction is — and should be —at the forefront of farmers’ minds. RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson isn’t new to speaking on or dealing with the topic, but as the years go on, there seems to be more solutions to dealing with compaction as we understand it more. The need… Read More

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s prioritizing critical services to preserve the integrity of Canada’s food safety system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with that, the agency says it has temporarily suspended “low-risk activities that do not immediately impact the production of safe food for Canadians.” The list of critical activities includes the following:… Read More

If you don’t have diesel pre-purchased yet, when do you pull the trigger? In light of the current demand situation — hey there, global pandemic — one analyst says it may be prudent to hold 0ff for a bit. Let’s start with demand. Without a doubt, the global response to COVID-19 is having a huge… Read More

Last week the United States Department of Homeland Security, along with Secretary Sonny Perdue, designated significant portions of U.S. fertilizer supply chain as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” Fertilizer Canada is urging the Canadian federal government to do the same, as it is necessary for the agricultural industry to have access to fertilizer headed into spring… Read More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced additional support for farmers and farm businesses, following last week’s announcement of $82 billion in various spending measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Parliament will reconvene March 24, 2020, to pass emergency legislation for these previously announced measures, and to release $5 billion in additional lending capacity through Farm… Read More

The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) has announced Leah Olson as its new chief executive officer, effective April 13, 2020. Olson joins PAMI with 15 years of senior management experience, including director of Sabanto Ag, Intelliconn, and Ag West Bio. She also served as CEO of DOT Technology Corp., CEO of SeedMaster Manufacturing, and president… Read More

Update, as of 11pm EDT Friday, March 20: The Canadian government confirmed late Friday that it will be exempting seasonal agricultural workers from the travel restrictions put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “The participation of temporary foreign workers on our farms and our food businesses is absolutely necessary,” says Minister of… Read More

We’re back with our latest episode of the Fit Farmer podcast. Co-hosts Shaun Haney and Gary Chambers talk with Kira Sutherland, Australian Naturopath, to talk all things nutrition and the importance of knowing that everyone has different genetic make-up. To start off, Sutherland goes through the differences between a nutritionist, dietician, and naturopathic nutritionist. Mainstream… Read More

Farming by its very nature is rather isolating. That’s good news in the midst of a national “social distancing” push in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. But being somewhat isolated doesn’t mean that farmers, their families, or their employees aren’t at risk. Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, executive director at Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, says “There are lots… Read More