Category: Farm Travel

Remembering Canada Fondly: A Conversations with Hartmut van Lengerich

Shaun Haney is in Germany this week as a guest of Bayer, celebrating 20 years of the company’s InVigor brand.  The world is big place, sure, but when it comes to agriculture, it’s actually quite small. As people move up the ladder within companies, they frequently get to spend time in other countries to build experience. … Read more »

BayKomm Shows Us How Science Can Be Cool

Shaun Haney is in Germany this week as a guest of Bayer, celebrating 20 years of the company’s Invigor brand.  This morning, I visited the BayKomm site in Leverkusen, Germany. The beautiful glass building holds not only some historical pieces from Bayer’s past but also a connection to the difference science makes on our daily… Read more »

Why is Bayer Acquiring Monsanto?

Shaun Haney is in Germany this week as a guest of Bayer, celebrating 20 years of the company’s Invigor brand.  During the Bayer InVigor 20th anniversary party we heard an address by Liam Condon, Bayer Crop Science CEO. He was fresh off a flight from Chicago where he was working on the acquisition of Monsanto…. Read more »

Cuban Farmers Deserve Change in a Post-Fidel Era

Through the years, Cuban farmers – or at least those whose families didn’t have their farm estates or agri-businesses seized when Fidel Castro came into power — have been living in a bubble. They’ve been loyal subjects to their political leader, the long-time dictator who died last week, almost six months after his 90th birthday…. Read more »

Empower Farmers by Making Credit Available: A World Food Day Lesson

World anything Day is a lot to take in. You’d think it might be easier to digest when a designated day for something global was also for something so familiar as food. But I didn’t sense that with World Food Day, which arrived and passed Sunday without much fanfare, at least in North America. Why’s… Read more »

A Tale of Two German Dairy Farmers, Making a Buck When They’re Down on Their Luck

The chips are down for milk producers in Europe, who are struggling to hang on as the continent deals with another milk glut. The European Union dropped its quota on milk production last year. When that happened, dairy producers upped their production. Now, Europe is swimming in the stuff. Farmers say they’re getting about 10… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Cornell University’s Gene Gun and Plant Breeding Labs

The gene gun, the first of which literally used a .22-calibre bullet, was invented by plant geneticists working at Cornell University in the 1980s as a way of injecting DNA into plant cells. The technology made the process of introducing new genetic material to many major crops, including corn and wheat, much more efficient, helping to create plants with resistance… Read more »

What Are Your Vacation Plans in the Next 12 Months?

Success in agriculture requires a lot of commitment, and it can often feel as though all we do is work. But part of achieving success is being able to get a way from it all — taking a break to refresh your brain and attempt to achieve balance in your life. Related: No Time or Not… Read more »

Western Grains Research Foundation and Farm Credit Canada Partnering With Nuffield Canada

Nuffield Canada has announced two new partners coming on board with funding for the agriculture leadership development program in 2016. The Western Grains Research Foundation will be sponsoring a new scholarship for individuals looking to build their understanding of agriculture through international studies. The funding will be available to scholars directly involved in the Western Canadian… Read more »

Learning from Overseas Buyers of Canadian Wheat & Durum — a Saskatchewan Farmer’s Perspective

Quality and consistency. That’s what international buyers expect with Canadian wheat. It’s been said a thousand times already, but if you ask Saskatchewan farmer Gerrid Gust what his take-home message was after visiting customers in North Africa and the Middle East, he can’t help but emphasize the importance of maintaining Canada’s reputation for quality and… Read more »

Women Take Charge in Agricultural Co-op Café Femenino

Women are looking for new opportunities in agriculture – in production, leadership and business, among them. When this search extends beyond Canada’s borders, the commodities may change. But the principles are the same, including equality, participation and recognition. Take Peru, for example, where coffee is a very popular commodity. Coffee production there everywhere else is… Read more »

TWORA — Agritechnica, Agri-Trend and the Start of Ag Show Season — Nov 12

From Agri-Trade to Agritechnica, Red Deer to Hanover, farm show season has started. This week’s TWORA podcast takes us to Germany for the world’s largest farm equipment show, along with the latest news highlights: Agri-Trend’s sale to Trimble, All-Tech acquiring Masterfeeds, the launch of the “International Year of Pulses” and more: Subscribe: iTunes | Android… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: Using Gaming and Virtual Reality to Spread the Allure of Agriculture

Call them tradeshow booth gimmicks or whatever you please but at Agrictechnica 2015 the floor is alive with remote controlled tractors, 3D virtual reality goggles, machinery simulators and farming playstation games. Don’t Miss TechTour LIVE – Register Today It is clear that gaming technology is bringing young and old closer to real life farming. Agritechnica… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Martagon Lilies, “Anti-Deer” Cedar and Ieuan Evans (Pt 3)

In this episode of Saik’s Agri-Treks, we are back on the tour of Ieuan Evans’ 4.5 acres of diversity. Besides being credited with discovering the Evans cherry tree in a gardener’s home near Fort Saskatchewan, Evans is also well-known for his passion for lilies. Saik’s Agri-Treks: Sunflowers, Sheep and Ieuan Evans Saik’s Agri-Treks: Grafting, Non-Browning Apples and Ieuan Evans… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Grafting, Non-Browning Apples and Ieuan Evans (Pt. 2)

Related: Saik’s Agri-Treks: Sunflowers, Sheep and Ieuan Evans (Pt. 1) In this episode of Saik’s Agri-Treks, we are back on the tour of Ieuan Evans’ “4.5 acres of ecosystem.” Rob Saik, host of Agri-Treks and founder of Agri-Trend, shows us an edible mountain ash, apple grafts, cherry and plum trees. He then gives us a tour of the greenhouse,… Read more »