Category: Farm Travel

Saik’s Agri-Treks, Kenya —Ep. 4: Elephants as a Crop Pest & the Challenge of Weather

In this last episode of Rob Saik’s epic Agri-Trek to Kenya, Rob takes us on a tour of a primary school’s hodge-podge of a garden. We use the term only to mean the organization of the garden, because the diversity of plants is unlike anything you’d likely see in a North American garden. Corn, beans… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks, Kenya — Ep. 3: The Corn Harvest, Rift Valley & Tea Leaves

Can you imagine hand harvesting your corn crop? How about drying and storing corn in an orphanage? Farming in North America and farming in Africa do share some similarities such as crop type, but that’s about where the similarities end. It’s hard to even imagine a fraction of the challenges farmers face there. In this… Read more »

Agri-Treks, Kenya, Ep. 2: Change Starts with Water, Soil & Education

Rob Saik, founder and president of the Agri-Trend Group of Companies, brought along his camera on his recent trip to Kenya, which is lucky for all of us, as we get to share in the journey, see the sites and get a sense of the struggles that Saik encountered along his way. As you’ll see… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Kenya, Ep. 1: Welcome here, don’t mind our burned out airport

If ever you’ve wanted to tour the wilds of Africa but haven’t had the chance, RealAgriculture.com is pleased to bring you Rob Saik’s latest set of agri-touring videos — Saik’s Agri-Treks. Saik is the founder and CEO of the Agri-Trend group of companies and spends a portion of each year visiting far-off and not-so-far-off lands… Read more »

Five Nations Beef Alliance Hopeful for Expansion

The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) met in Australia for their annual conference. Tours and introductions began in Brisbane, then gradually migrated towards Cairns, where the conference concluded. Some of the topics discussed at the FNBA meetings, included discussions around: the letter of support for a comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Country of Origin Labelling, consumer preferences, the Young… Read more »

Who Cares About Politics and Soybeans in Argentina? We Should. Here’s Why.

Owen Roberts is currently in Argentina, attending the IFAJ 2013 Congress. The photo above is courtesy Chuck Zimmerman. View the Flickr account here. Any export-intensive country for agriculture needs to be constantly tuned into global developments that influence what happens inside our own borders. Today, the search for those developments takes us to the backroads… Read more »

Australia-bound for the Five Nations Beef Alliance Conference

After a busy week of networking, mind mapping and proposing solutions to food insecurity at the Youth Ag Summit in Calgary, I am now preparing to leave for Australia to meet up with the Five Nations Beef Alliance. Who is that, now? Allow me to elaborate. Four of the world’s major beef producing nations –… Read more »

Agriculture in India Via the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program

Perspective is the lens that will focus your decision making process. Whether it’s big picture “industry as a whole” type thinking or an individual “I’m really happy to have running water” type of gratitude, an understanding of perspective is important. When you’re bringing two different cultures together, that understanding can help avoid some unintended disasters…. Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks Ep 12 – TEQUILA!!!!

It is among the most infamous of alcohols and depending on your “interactions” with it, the mere mention of the name can turn your stomach and make you crawl under your bed in shame. For others who can exercise a bit more restraint, it’s a more unique experience closer to scotch than it is to… Read more »

A Seeder Showdown Down Under

While Australia and Canada have much in common in regards to farming, the two countries’ growing seasons are also drastically different in many ways. One major similarity is farmers’ love of a good head-to-head equipment comparison, and what better to compare than seeder set-ups. That’s exactly what ABC News’ Landline program covered in a recent… Read more »

Making the Move from Australia to Kenya: Stuart Barden

Most farmers would find selling the farm and moving a province over a significant undertaking. What about moving an entire continent away? Would you do it? That’s what Stuart Barden did. After visiting Kenya during his Nuffield Scholar tour in 2009 and being wowed by the beautiful black soil and diverse landscape, Barden packed up… Read more »

Marlene Boersch – Pulse Production in the Black Sea Region

Western Canada is the leader in pulse production but there is some discussion regarding the potential of the Black Sea region to put a dent in Canadian exports. This week I was on the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Regional meeting tour and I heard a very interesting presentation from Marlene Boersch, Mercantile Consulting Venture on the… Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks Ep 12 – Big Displays & Cool Tech at Agritechnica

There is no getting around the massiveness that is Agritechnica. It covers 388,000 square meters and had over 2700 exhibitors. As with any ag show, the bulk of that space is filled with the best, newest and most innovative products manufacturers can offer. That can make for a bit of sensory overload as you try… Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks Episode 11 – Rob Visits Agritechnica in Germany

Agritechnica tout’s itself as the world’s largest exhibition for agricultural machinery and equipment. It is a massive display of agricultural ingenuity from almost every major manufacturer and some you’ve never even heard of. It takes place in November in Hannover, Germany and definitely takes a more European approach when it comes to farm shows. You’ll… Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks Ep 10 – Agriculture in Arizona…Just Add Water

This episode of AgriTreks brings us back to the Casa Grande area of Arizona for a look at the most valuable commodity in the desert. Managing the distribution of water is pivotal in such an extreme environment. In an area where water is so valuable because of its scarcity, an industry like agriculture stands or… Read more »