Our bodies are incredible things, and are quite often telling you something. Have you ever stopped to listen to your own? As I sit here wondering how I’ve managed to get sick for the second time within 10 days, not wanting to call in sick, because hey —I already did that last week, I’m taking… Read More

The Do More Agriculture Foundation is welcoming a new executive director. Megz Reynolds, former Saskatchewan grain farmer and well-known online agriculture advocate, has been hired to lead the organization that is focused on being a national leader, voice and champion for mental health in Canadian agriculture. She replaces Adelle Stewart, who led Do More Ag since… Read More

Since the start of COVID-19, the rise of at-home fitness equipment has surged, especially with fitness centres not being able to remain open during lockdowns. Phil Villeneuve of Newtown Sales joins co-hosts Shaun Haney and Gary Chambers in this Fit Farmer podcast episode, to discuss the sporting goods industry. Originally from Sarsfield, Ont., Villeneuve spent… Read More

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

Farmers Edge has announced the creation of DigiAg Risk Management Inc., a subsidiary of Farmers Edge. This new unit will provide farmers across Canada with parametric insurance products, risk transfer solutions, and group benefits, the company says. DigiAg is the sole managing general agency (MGA) with access to proprietary, field-centric datasets coming directly from broadacre… Read More

Change is everywhere in farming and often everything seems to be in flux, whether it’s markets, trade relationships, weather, or family relationships. Depending on the circumstances, farmers react differently to change says Heather Watson, executive director at Farm Management Canada (FMC). “Some people see that as unwelcome and unnerving; others see it as an opportunity… Read More

For the second consecutive year, Thunder Bay, Ont. dairy farmer Peggy Brekveld will lead the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the province’s largest general farm organization. Brekveld was elected president by OFA’s board of directors after the conclusion of the organization’s annual general meeting on Monday, Nov. 22. Mark Reusser and Drew Spoelstra were re-elected as… Read More

The governments of Canada and Ontario are funding two new multi-year mental health initiatives, specialized to support the agriculture sector. More than $7 million dollars through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will go towards The Guardians Network, a new program modelled after the Farmer Wellness Program, pioneered by mental health specialist Deborah Vanberkel. The program will… Read More

Running is one of those activities that can be very polarizing: many seem to either love it or hate it. For this episode of the Fit Farmer podcast, co-hosts Shaun Haney and Gary Chambers brought in someone who actually knows what he’s doing, because neither co-host is super confident in the running department. Justin Kurek of… Read More

This Fit Farmer topic can be likened to when a parent tells their child to eat their vegetables, or how a person knows they should floss their teeth, but never do it. On this episode of the Fit Farmer podcast, hosts Shaun Haney and Gary Chambers talk about stretching and the associated benefits, and why… Read More

The premise of Thanksgiving is one I really like to hang on to. Just ask my family — get togethers consist of group hugs I insist upon (despite multiple groans), and Thanksgiving dinner always includes taking a moment to really think about what we are thankful for, before of course digging into tasty foods. As… Read More

 

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