I’ve been having this conversation a lot lately, as I’m sure many of you have been too — I’m not sure how we’re at the end of December already. Although the last couple of weeks have shown some true winter temperatures, it has been abnormally warm (and dry) in my area, which I’m convinced has… Read More

Not-for-profit associations will have the opportunity to access a piece of $8 million in federal funding over the next three years for communications initiatives. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the AgriCommunication Initiative via webcast December 9, 2021. The initiative will support progress towards achieving Canadian’s access to safe, nutritious, and culturally diverse… Read More

The year’s Outstanding Young Farmers were named this past weekend, in a virtual event December 1st to 3rd, 2021. Winners for the west and east are Raymond and Tracey Bredenhof, of R&T Poultry & Bredenhof Hops in Abbotsford, B.C., and Jenny Butcher and Wes Kuntz, Little Brown Cow Dairy, Brantford, Ont. For the last 41 years, this… Read More

Farm Management Canada held its annual Agricultural Excellence Conference last month where Colleen Younie was announced as the 2021 recipient of the Wilson Loree Award. Now in its nineteenth year, the award honours individuals or groups who have made an extraordinary contribution to advancing agricultural business management practices in Canada. Since 1972, Younie has served… Read More

As demographics and societal priorities change, the big question of “how to most effectively lobby government?” has an ever-evolving answer. The answer to that question is especially relevant in farm and food policy, as decision-makers in government that have a strong understanding of agriculture and how the food system works are increasingly difficult to find…. 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

I am going to tell you a story. It’s a story that probably will leave your mouth agape and thinking, “People wouldn’t actually do that, would they?” But I assure you, this story is true. Last Wednesday, our employee at our second solar grazing site (about 1.25 hour drive from the home farm) texted to… Read More

Long-time agricultural educator and advocate, Ellen Pruden, will be joining Cereals Canada. “I am pleased to announce that Ellen Pruden will be joining Cereals Canada as our director, communications as of August 23, 2021,” says Dean Dias, CEO of Cereals Canada. Pruden will be responsible for assessing Cereals Canada’s communications needs and developing and implementing a… Read More

Good news for everyone who’s been hooked on possibly the most popular modern mainstream TV show about farming and life as a farmer. “Clarkson’s Farm,” which features Top Gear and The Grand Tour star Jeremy Clarkson and his now-famous hired hand Kaleb Cooper, has been renewed for a second season on Amazon Prime Video. The… Read More

In the early 2000s, Canadian farmers from the east helped out those in the west with hay supplies, after the drought of 2002 left very little for feed. Dubbed Hay West, the grassroots movement was revived 10 years later, when western Canadian farmers returned the favour for many farmers in Ontario’s Ottawa Valley with Hay… Read More

The Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes contributors to agriculture from all different backgrounds. After all, it takes all kinds to make this industry successful, including educating children about agriculture. Recent inductee Johanne Ross, executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, joined Shaun Haney on RealAg Radio to talk about her career at AITC… Read More

BASF Canada is launching its BASF Safety Scouts program as a fun and interactive way to support family farm safety. Through the new program, participants will receive a free safety vest and toolkit, and can take on the role of an official Safety Scout. The program is part of BASF’s partnership with the Canadian Agricultural… Read More