We should all steal a page from Pulse Canada’s inventive approach to market expansions. The organization’s new Meal Planning for 9 Billion People video campaign pushes just about every button imaginable. First, the positioning. It sounds elementary, but feeding the world with meals as Pulse Canada suggests rather than simple saying “food” is brilliant. It… Read More

It was great news this week that, following negotiations between Canada and China, canola producers and exporters here will have a shot at expanded access to the Chinese market. But to me, it was even more noteworthy that science, not politics, helped open the door. Science is constantly maligned in agriculture, particularly when product safety… Read More

Food and farming wise, I like what’s going on in agriculturally rich Waterloo region, where people have rallied to create the region’s first food charter. It was accepted by the regional council’s community services committee there Monday. The charter’s sponsor, the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable, calls the five-point document “a statement of values and… Read More

On Tuesday, April 9th, a widespread day of protest will be held against – of all things troubling our country – GM alfalfa. Activists will be gathering at about 20 locales, including 12 in Ontario, to show their opposition to its pending arrival. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, a relatively benign group with agricultural ties… Read More

Everyone wants in on the local food craze. Some believe formalizing its place in society through local food legislation or institutionalizing it would open doors for farmers who now feel left out. That thought prompted a University of Guelph research team to look into local food for hospitals and long-term care facilities. On the surface,… Read More

Ah, we love us a good parody video here at RealAgriculture.com. This latest farm-themed video comes from Derek Klingenberg of Klingenberg Farms, based at Kansas.  Based on “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore, a rather, um, expletive riddled song, Ranching Awesome takes it 180 degrees and makes it all about the family ranch. Enjoy! For the Peterson… Read More

Do you value safety on your farm? Of course! Do you have a simple, straight-forward health and safety plan for your farm? Likely not. Each year in mid-March, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Farm Credit Canada team up to promote and celebrate Canadian Agricultural Safety Week. This year’s push… Read More

FarmOn.com, an Alberta organization focused on connecting young farmers with resources, information and people to help them get started or continue farming, is launching the #farmvoices movement on April 22, 2013. Also celebrated that day is Earth Day, a fitting day, says board member and farmer Sarah Wray, as farmers are one of the largest… Read More

Last week, RealAgriculture sent some Twitter love to a list of  #westcdnag Twitter accounts, based solely on how active the accounts were and whether or not they wore their RealAgriculture free T-shirts. Well, maybe not solely on that, but what we’re trying to do with these lists is just get you some names to get… Read More

Take it for what it’s worth (a relatively arbitrary list from The Daily Meal), but a recent who’s who of food puts farmers at the bottom of the list when it comes to who influences how and what we eat. The Daily Meal launched its “50 Most Powerful People in Food” list recently, ranking individuals… Read More

In an effort to gain respect, agriculture has long fought the public image of farmers as salt-of the-earth types, more at home in the barn than the boardroom. But recent high-profile media events involving farmers have captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of people…and suggest maybe image isn’t a problem after all. First, long… Read More