Category: Eastern Canada

Matt Hasselbeck Knows His Role and Job description, Do You Know Yours?

By Dick Haney I just finished watching the wild card NFL game between the defending Champion New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. The game was played in Seattle and the Seahawks were 11-point underdogs. In short, they just weren’t supposed to win, but they did. The turning point of the game was in the… Read more »

The Misunderstandings of “Local Food” and What it Really Means

Food has become pretty trendy. We have now have two Food Networks on cable and the growth of Farmers Markets has been strong in North America. One of the most misinterpreted terms is “Local Food.” What is local food? Seems like a pretty simple question. You would think that such a simple term would never… Read more »

Getting Savvy on the Farm with SavvyFarmer.com

Have you ever heard the saying that information is power?  Having information at your fingertips when you ned to make very important business decisions is critical to the success of your farm or ag-business.  With the increase in crop protection product skews and the introduction of generics into the marketplace, it is more challenging than… Read more »

What Level of Service Can Farmers Expect in the Future?

By Shaun Haney This past weekend my wife and I tried to return a couple christmas presents that were faulty.  One was a video game system and the other was a bluetooth headset.  When we went to both stores we received the same strange instructions from the customer service desks of the stores. If you… Read more »

The Concept of Loyalty and How It Relates to Business

By Dick Haney As we started out the New Year, there were at least in my family the obligatory college football games to be viewed on January 1st. These games are part sport, part pageant and in many instances the most visual expression of loyalty that we will probably see all year. The stands are… Read more »

The Direction of Agriculture Commodities in 2011 – Moe Agostino, Farms.com

Agricultural commodities had a great run in 2010.  One has to wonder though if there is any opportunity for things to reverse downward just like it did two years ago as we hit July.  Some people like Ron Frost believe that we may have reached a new price plateau. Other market analysts like Moe Agostino… Read more »

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 »

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 »