The Ipad is one of those little pieces of technology that is really carving out its place in the wide world of tech. Its portability and its functionality are two of the biggest parts of its success. Those aspects are also reasons why it has been so well received in the farming community. The intuitive… Read More

Hog farmers across the country have had it bad for a while. Market crashes, disease and deteriorating consumer confidence have been major issues for pork producers for quite some time.  Running a hog farm is not easy or glamorous. They require an incredible amount of hands on management from farrow to finish. Hogs are hard… Read More

Marketing your crop through the cash market is not the only tool for farmers to use.  A growing group of farmers are using the derivative market with futures and options to manage the volatile risk of commodities.  With the increase in price volatility producers have to reach out to use as much of the toolbox… Read More

During February, Oprah Winfrey famously challenged her viewers to adopt a vegan diet (no animal products) for a week and took her cameras inside a Cargill meat processing facility. Cargill won kudos from around the industry for its transparency – and its ability to communicate a commitment to values shared by the livestock and meat… Read More

The biggest technology innovation in 2010 was the launch of the Ipad from Apple.  At first glance many people thought it was nothing more than a glorified iPod and sounded like a feel health product.  Well the criticism and sarcasm ended very quickly once consumers started using the product. For many of us the iPad… Read More

By Dick Haney There is now an eighth deadly sin – the sin of allowing ourselves to be fearful because of sensationalism and misinformation. The seven deadly sins which are anger, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony have been used to define those human shortcomings and pitfalls that we all face and must deal… Read More

The Grain Farmers of Ontario held their March Classic conference early this week with a sense of cautious optimism. Most Ontario growers had a great 2010, but echoes of the 2008 season are still lingering with the volatility of commodity prices and the weather situation very much in play. All in all the mood was… Read More

By Jason Stroeve It’s a running joke that while it costs you $55 to $100 dollars a year to get into Costco, it usually costs you at least $200 dollars every time you leave. I like shopping at Costco and apparently so does the rest of the world. If you’re successful at navigating the parking… Read More

By Shaun Haney Its that time of year that we all take a deep breath. Agricultural tradeshow season is over and now its time to get down to the business of farming.  This winter I have been across the country at the majority of the major farm shows. Many of the tradeshow booths are the… Read More

“Those dairy farmers print money!” That’s what a friend of mine says every time the subject of dairy farms comes up. Drive down many roads in Canada and it’s easy to see how that perception was born. Huge brand new facilities, multi-site operations with finely manicured yards and milking parlors with nicer tile most people’s… Read More