If you’ve been a listener or reader of RealAgriculture for any length of time, you know that I am a massive fan of college football. Monday’s championship game lived up to all expectations. University of Georgia was my pick to win (you can check on Twitter!), so I feel good about that pick because they… Read More

Along with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Attorney General Merrick Garland, U.S. President Joe Biden hosted a roundtable to address consolidation in the meat industry and the impacts on the cattle sector. President Biden opened the roundtable, held January 3, 2022, by mentioning the 50-14 proposed legislation by Tester/Grassley; how… Read More

Now that the federal cabinet has been selected and we have spent the last ten days worrying about the challenges and pin-pointing the potential positives, the agricultural industry needs to step back and build a better game plan when it comes to lobbying. Over time, lobbying for the agriculture industry has transitioned from being focused… Read More

There are many input decisions to be made at any given time on the farm. Some of those decisions have to be made in-crop, such as for crop protection, while others happen well-ahead of the growing season, like those on fertilizer and seed. Based on supply chain issues, major price increases, and potential product shortages,… Read More

The amount of canola acres seeded in 2022 might not only be limited by a lack of soil moisture in spring, but there’s also potential for a shortage of canola seed relative to intended acres. Based on conversations with retailers, seed companies, and farmers, this 2022 season will likely include canola seed supply challenges from… Read More

Price increases and shortages are a stiff reality as farmers plan for the 2022 growing season. While there has been much discussion about the price increase and supply of glyphosate, another widely-used herbicide — Liberty (glufosinate) — can be added to the long list of products seeing a price hike. BASF isn’t expecting issues with… Read More

Throughout COVID and the resulting logistical constraints of the past 18 months, some shortages have been overstated, inflated in their impact, or should have been ignored in hindsight — but the potential for a fertilizer disruption for 2022 is different. Fertilizer is not toilet paper or cheap clothing from China; regardless of prices or supplies… Read More

Many farm shows took an 18-month pause during the pandemic as organizers dealt with provincial and state-level restrictions. As vaccines have rolled out and a new crop year has begun, many people continue to wonder how quickly  and to what extent, farm shows will return. When our team talks to farmers, exhibitors, and show organizers,… Read More

Trade is so critical to the health of the Canadian economy. With vast natural resources, millions of acres of farmland, and a growing technology sector, Canada is open for business in the global trade arena. But are we really up to the opportunity in front of us as a nation? Some believe that change is… Read More