Category: Eastern Canada

Is the New Ag Commodity Price Plateau Real? – Ron Frost

When you turn on the TV or your computer, it is quite common place to hear or read about the new price reality for commodities.  Many of you that have been in this farming game for a long time have heard these kind of comments before. Many people and organizations are wondering if this price… Read more »

Outlook for the Canadian Dollar in the First Quarter of 2011

Do you remember when the Canadian Dollar was sixty cents? Remember when the Canadian Dollar was not volatile and was jokingly called the Canadian Peso. Those were seemingly easier days for many of us that are involved in export or import businesses with the United States.  With the Canadian Dollar holding near par and oil… Read more »

What Tommy and Fritz Can Teach Farm Families About Christmas

The Succession Saga – Part Four By Dick Haney, Haney Farms We heard this weekend how yet another of our brave soldiers in Afghanistan had perished in the line of duty. This is never happy news and it is most unhappy at Christmas time and all of our thoughts and prayers go out to this… Read more »

We Are Talking Christmas Baking!!!!

Its the Christmas season and there is no better way to bring in the holidays than with the AgChat community this coming tuesday.  Even better is the fact that I am moderating this weeks edition of #agchat / #foodchat.  We will be discussing Christmas baking. That’s right I said Christmas baking.  I encourage all of… Read more »

CASE IH Launches the Tier 4 Engine to Meet EPA and CEPA Requirements

Whether you are talking about your car engines or tractor engines, there is a constant push from manufacturers to increase fuel economy and meet new emission requirements without losing performance.  This is not an easy task.  In the field, in tough situations farmers need performance and that extra horsepower that is going to get you… Read more »

The Idea of Farm Worker Unions in Canada is Ridiculous

By Shaun Haney, RealAgriculture.com This week on 60 Minutes they featured Brazil’s rise to world economic super power.  Brazil is the world’s largest producer of iron ore and beef while getting ready to host the Olympics and the World Cup.  Brazil is the competition in agriculture for countries like Canada and the United States.  Countries… Read more »

Key Trends in Canadian Agriculture for 2011 – Rob Hannam

This week I was reading themonthly edition of the Synthesis – Network E-Newsletter and I was intrigued.  Not only was it the first list for what will happen in 2011 in agriculture, but it also was quite good.  In the list Rob Hannam and his team covered sustainability, cattle markets and economic volatiliity.  This is… Read more »

Taking Our Place on the Global Agricultural Stage

In November Syngenta celebrated its 10 year anniversary. I’ve been President for nine of those years, and have seen first hand the rapid pace of change taking place across the agricultural landscape in Canada. And change, while often feared, can be a good thing – it can bring with it opportunity. Since 2000, the Canadian… Read more »

Global Wheat Outlook – Bruce Burnett, CWB

Across North America everyone is talking about the bullish tone of corn and soybeans. Is wheat going to be the weaker sister in 2011? How much higher will the wheat price have to go to buy some acres back from corn, soybeans, canola and lentils. Some farmers and analysts are even saying that the attention… Read more »

Out of the Information Arbitrage Pot and into the Real Time Information Fire

By Dick Haney We are living in the real time information age, and it is providing both challenges and opportunities in our businesses, but most importantly it is affecting how we make decisions. This change has arrived with the force of a tsunami and it is invading our workplace from all directions. These changes are… Read more »

Is the Power of the Food Retailer Trumping All?

By Shaun Haney We hear a lot nowadays about value chains, the integrated food system and the farmers incredibly important role in it. How many time have you heard the term, “Gate to Plate?” I can buy into this concept as long as all participants are getting a fair return for their investment in the… Read more »

Bette Jean Crews is Re-Elected for a Third Term as President of the OFA

As most of you know, I am from Western Canada but as I learn more about Ontario agriculture it seems that many of the concerns are the same.  There are differences between the east and the west but overall things like income stabilization, risk management and government lobby tend to always come forward first no… Read more »

Will the Corn Price Continue Higher?

Corn is the story that keeps on telling.  With USDA revising yields and ending stocks lower in the US, the farmers with decent yields have enjoyed some great returns this year.   I have even seen some corn acre forecasts for 2011 being discussed on CNBC’s Squawk Box.  When there is this much hype and… Read more »