If you’re a 4-H’er, you’re more than aware of Show Your 4-H Colours Day, which is annually held on November 4. Typically, this means the gathering of thousands of youth, volunteers, alumni, and supporters from coast to coast to celebrate 4-H by giving back to their communities, all while wearing their favourite shade of green…. Read More

In a recent RealAg LIVE feature with Michelle Miller (aka The Farm Babe), the issue of advocacy in agriculture came up. Promoting the industry and connecting with consumers has become more important, but how does agriculture amplify its voice? Miller, and others, think a celebrity might be the ticket. They would appeal to the general… Read More

A first-of-its-kind partnership between Ontario’s TVO and the Dairy Farmers of Ontario has not received the warmest welcome by some of its viewers and readers. TVO is a publicly-funded educational television network and media organization operated by the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, a Crown corporation owned by the Government of Ontario. Dairy Farmers of Ontario… Read More

When Burger King launched a lemongrass and methane-filled advertisement that grossly misrepresented farming, Michelle Miller was having none of it. So, the farmer and speaker from Iowa who goes by “The Farm Babe” contacted Burger King and invited them out to her farm. The result was a new commercial and a new conversation about sustainability… Read More

I know I’m not alone when I say the recent decision by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) surprised me. I’m also likely not alone when I say the decision made me incredibly angry. And angry for a few reasons, I might add. Angry, because I assumed (wrongly) that my name… Read More

Each year, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recognizes producers that exceed standard industry conservation practices through the Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA), in recognition that Canada’s beef cattle producers serve as stewards for a vast portion of land and play a significant role in protecting and enhancing the environment. This year’s award winner was announced at… Read More

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Put another way, if you can’t take care of you, you can’t take care of others, including livestock. The connection between farmers’ own mental wellness and livestock care is a direct link; in many cases of animal welfare complaints, the root cause is a stressed and/or mentally ill… Read More

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced the 25 members of its Canadian Agricultural Youth Council recently. In the application process, AAFC committed to regional representation and choosing members with a diversity of backgrounds. In naming the 25 members, AAFC has certainly achieved that — with people from every province and one from the northern territories, and… Read More

Anyone and everyone who loves Canadian food is encouraged to show appreciation to the food industry every year on the Saturday of the August long weekend during Food Day Canada — this year it’s Saturday, August 1. Food Day Canada’s first iteration was back in 2003 during the BSE crisis, and was started by Anita… Read More

You can be forgiven if you don’t remember the first Food Day Canada. After all, it wasn’t even called that in 2003. At the time, the Canadian border was closed to livestock movement and protein trade because of BSE. It was an economic disaster for the beef industry, but it also spurred the creation of… Read More

 

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