As we see more autonomy and robots on the farm in the future, will that minimize or reduce the impact of the benefits of being a farm kid? Does it change it? There’s an element of the physical aspect of doing some of the work, which creates some of the long-term character, like picking rocks,… Read More

As we approach the ending of another winter, Mother Nature is not being kind. As some Ontario and Quebec farmers learned last week, wind-whipped snow loads can quickly become too much for even brand new construction. Reports of at least one dairy barn, a hog barn, and a drive shed collapsing in the last week has… Read More

In farming, genetics is critical to success in both growing crops and raising livestock. If you combine top flight genetics and the right environment you increase your rate of success dramatically. In a similar way,  growing up on a farm can foster so many great traits and skills in kids that are expressed as adults…. Read More

If you were lucky enough to be at the sold out CropConnect conference this year, one keynote speaker was sure to leave you feeling refreshed and full of energy. If you weren’t able to attend, have no fear, as you’ll still be able to feel energized from CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons as he shares… Read More

When we hear about business culture, people tend to think that it’s only important for large business and organizations, ones that employ hundreds or even thousands of people. But, when you dig into how a work culture impacts the work and the employees, it becomes apparent that this is simply not true. Whether your business… Read More

The Ag Women’s Network (AWN) is now accepting applications for its 2019 mentorship program. The program, which includes two new events this year, will match ten mentee and mentors together in an eight-month partnership starting in March. “Mentorship is widely recognized as one of the most important ways leaders develop professionally and personally. Participants told… Read More

Elaine Froese has been named the recipient of 4-H Canada’s first-ever distinguished alumni award. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and leadership of 4-H alumni across Canada, in the areas of community engagement and communications, science and technology, environment, and healthy living, or sustainable agriculture and food security. Froese is being recognized for her accomplishments in community… Read More

Through life you’ll have ups and downs. In my eyes, one thing is for certain — if you have a pet (a dog, preferably), the good days will always out-number the bad. Those “bad days” can be something as simple as not getting what you wanted to accomplish complete, or might be much more complex, like family… Read More

There was a time when there were many opportunities to hone your skills as a community leader. School districts had boards, grain companies had advisory groups, and there were various committees that supported community activities. Today, there are not nearly the opportunities that were once there to learn leadership skills. Add to that the fact… Read More