Category: Farm Travel

Escape the Cold: The Value of Seeing How Your Crop is Used in Other (Warmer) Parts of the World

Need an excuse to take a trip to a warmer place this winter? Can it be justified as a field trip for the farm? Cold temperatures might be a good enough reason to head south, and maybe it’s easy for him to say because he’s newly retired, but the former CEO of the Canadian International Grains… Read more »

When Farm Expertise is Scarce — How Radio and Cell-Phones are Helping African Farmers Pick Up Ag Info

Whether it’s your favourite ag website, the radio or newspaper, Twitter, your area sales rep or the local ag extension office, farmers in Canada and most developed countries have many sources to turn to for expertise. Never mind scarcity, information overload is often a problem. But imagine farming without electricity, without a computer, without the… Read more »

Eggs in the Aisle: Grocery Shopping in the United Kingdom

Last month, I had the opportunity to head to Scotland’s Aberdeenshire for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists congress. While there, I received requests to document some of the differences in prices and availability of food products. Instead of writing a comprehensive report outlining the experience (boring!), I decided to do a vlog, which is totally… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Iguassu Falls and Itaipu Dam

Iguassu (or Iguazu, Iguacu) Falls borders Argentina and Brazil, its name originating from the Tupi or Guarani language meaning “big water.” With a width of 2.7 kilometers and heights between 60 and 82m, it certainly is big water. They’re taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide. And it’s not just the falls that are uniquely spectacular…. Read more »

Scottish Farmer Spurs Interest in Cold-Pressed Rapeseed Oil

If you leave Dyce, Scotland in a northeasterly direction, you’ll no doubt end up along the North Sea’s coastline. You’ll pass Donald Trump’s controversial golf course along the A90, infamously known by environmentalists, many of whom opposed its start up and watched closely as Trump took his opposition to an experimental offshore wind farm to… Read more »

Nuffield Scholarship Recipients Announced

Nuffield Canada has announced the recipients of its scholarships for 2015. Three individuals will receive $15,000 to study a specific agricultural issue while traveling internationally for a minimum of 10 weeks. The 2015 scholarship recipients are Becky Parker of Picton, Ontario, Greg Donald of Kensington, PEI and Colin Hudon of Rosser, Manitoba. Starting in February… Read more »

Mackie’s of Scotland: Tasting Innovation and Ice Cream

The following is a written version of the audio above, though the audio provides sound clips and interviews from the tour itself (recommended). Over 200 journalists from 37 countries met this September for the annual IFAJ congress in Dyce, Scotland, a suburb of the booming granite city of Aberdeen.  The theme this year was innovation,… Read more »

The Disappointment of Declaring Farm Visits through Canadian Customs

I’ve often heard travelling farmers suggest their peers ignore the customs declaration form that asks whether or not you’ve recently visited a farm or are returning to one. The fear, is, of course, that the customs staff might waste your time with needless questions, disinfecting of boots and so forth. I’ve never paid much heed to… Read more »

Observations on a Rainy Day in Scotland

It’s drizzling rain, with autumn on its way. The telly is on, to provide background noise and prevent the inevitable feeling of loneliness that so often accompanies travel. The video pans across a house inspired by “earthship” designs.  An angry accent trembles through the air outside: a worried father. I’m writing from a hotel near Aberdeen,… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Farming in Ponta Grossa, Brazil

One of the few Latin American countries to expand agricultural production since the mid-1900s, Brazil’s deforestation has long been in the limelight of global scrutiny. The vast topographical change is concerning, but with the agricultural industry so important to the Brazilian economy, it’s easy to see there are incredible economic incentives fuelling the destruction. Commodities grown in Brazil vary… Read more »

Depth of Field — Elk Velvet, Sheep Cheese and a Brew

Waking to the clatter of wind against the house, a dark sky and a still-sleeping sun never feels like a good omen. On June 5th, the early morning grey was entirely worth the effort, as I joined the Alberta Farm Writers’ Association on their annual tour. 1st Stop: Lakeland College Our first stop continued the northward… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Fertilizer Movement on the Port of Paranaguá

We’re about to embark on our third adventure in Brazil with Rob Saik, host of Agri-Treks and founder of Agri-Trend. We’ve explored Brazil’s Carnaval celebrations in São Paulo and Rio De Jainero, the favelas in Rio and now, we will experience the Port of Paranaguá. Located in the state of Paraná, the Port of Paranaguá has a long history, dating back to colonial times, as it was through Paranaguá that settlers first… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Touring Brazil’s Favelas

In the last episode of Saik’s Agri-Treks, we toured Carnaval celebrations in São Paulo and Rio De Jainero and the statue “Christ the Redeemer.” We also learned of Carnaval’s significance to the favelas, where many of the samba schools are formed. Favelas are areas typically located on the periphery of large cities in Brazil, where those who could not afford housing within the… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Brazil’s Carnaval, Sambadrome and Christ the Redeemer

Every year, Brazil’s Carnaval kicks off the Friday before Ash Wednesday, which signals the beginning of Lent. The celebration is impressive, involving street festivals, masquerades and parades across the country. Perhaps the most notable Carnaval celebration occurs in Rio de Janeiro, with nearly 500 000 foreign visitors alone. The Carnaval is a celebration that involves all walks of life, ignoring cultural and sexual… Read more »

Debra Murphy Wins IFAJ-Alltech Award; Heading to Scotland in Early September

A total of ten participants have been selected for the 2014 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award, an award that supports participation in an intensive journalistic boot camp-style workshop and attendance at the International Farm Association of Journalists Congress in Scotland. RealAgriculture is pleased to announce that field editor Debra Murphy was chosen as a regional finalist. “We need strong,… Read more »