Category: RealAg Radio

RealAg Radio, Dec 7: Question Period Fun, Food Choice Economics & a Vision for Sustainable Crops

From Ottawa, Shaun and Lyndsey discuss their Question Period experience and catch up with a number of the people in town for the GrowCanada conference, including a discussion about food choices with speaker & ag economist Jayson Lusk of Oklahoma State University, an impromptu appearance by Grain Growers’ new past-president Gary Stanford, and Paul Thoroughgood… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 6: CFIA Changing Transport Regs, Stalling Urban Sprawl, StatsCan Analysis & Poinsettia in Peril

Today’s edition of RealAg Radio features a special guest host in a very special recording locale, but don’t worry, it’s the same calibre of farm radio you’ve come to expect from the RealAgriculture team (we hope). RealAg Radio Co-host Shaun Haney is joined by resident fast-talker and field editor Lyndsey Smith for an Ottawa-based recording… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 5: Agronomy Monday, StatsCan Preview & Christmas Baking Hangovers

We debut our new agronomy-themed Monday show on RealAg Radio this week. Bern Tobin endures a Christmas baking hangover to join co-host Kelvin Heppner, highlighting the newly-crowned Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2016 and previewing plans and themes for the upcoming busy agronomic conference season. Topics and guests on today’s show include Sheri Strydhorst on variety-specific… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 2: McDonald’s Fresh Patties, Foreign Workers and Montana Grain Grower Roundtable

At its seasonal peak, Canadian farms need about 100,000 more workers than at seasonal lows, which represents a 30 per cent fluctuation. The average difference between the seasonal peak and low in employment for all other sectors is just 4 per cent, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada. The Conference… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 1: Heated Canola, TB Compensation, CRISPR & Pulse Crop Hype in Montana

The federal and Alberta governments are offering $16.7 million in TB quarantine compensation, a Bayer executive is talking about selling some canola business, pulse acres in Montana are climbing quickly…there’s lots of ground to cover on today’s edition of RealAg Radio. Back from the Montana Grain Growers’ meeting in Great Falls, we hear Shaun’s conversations… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 30: Farming in Cuba, Crushing Canola & Grazing Corn

From OPEC’s decision to limit oil output to farm equipment export numbers to the NFU electing a new president, Shaun and Kelvin catch up on the day’s top news to kick off the Wednesday edition of RealAg Radio. Wayne Palmer of Agri-Trend Marketing drops in to discuss the strong canola crush demand and potential for… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 29: NAFTA Renegotiation, TB Quarantine & Direct-Selling Around the World

The bovine TB quarantine in southeast Alberta continues to grow — Shaun and Kelvin have the latest on today’s edition of RealAg Radio. Guests include Canada’s chief negotiator for NAFTA, John Weekes, on Trump’s plans to re-open the trade deal, Helmut Speiser on corn drying and Nicole Rogers on marketing grain directly to customers around… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 28: Grey Cup, Wheat Acres & Young Farmer Roundtable

The Ottawa REDBLACKS (worst team name ever?) are Grey Cup champions, Agribition 2016 is in the books, and hydro rates are discouraging new business in Ontario…that’s just some of the news Shaun and Kelvin discuss on today’s edition of RealAg Radio. We’re discuss some top-of-mind issues for young innovative farmers taking over their family operations… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 25: International Guests, Neonic Proposal & CN Rail’s Strategy

Health Canada’s plans to phase out use of a specific neonic insecticide, the EPA has raised its ethanol mandate in the U.S., people from more than 70 countries are looking for beef genetics to take home from Agribition…there’s plenty to cover on this Friday edition of RealAg Radio. Guests include Blake MacMillan, chair of the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 24: Agribition Animal Health, Auctioneer Championship & School Tours

Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends! On today’s show, Shaun and Kelvin take us on a tour of the Agribition grounds, with conversations on how bovine TB is spread, what it takes to be named Agribition’s auctioneer champion, growing demand for lamb, an update on the lentil market, an interesting conversation with two high school… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 23: Murray’s Apology and Agribition Cattle Breeder Panel

Glen Murray’s apology to Ontario farmers, what it takes to be a successful purebred beef breeder, could canola fundamentals support a further rally — it’s all covered in Wednesday’s edition of RealAg Radio. Shaun and Kelvin co-host the show from Agribition in Regina, while Lyndsey and Bern join from Ontario to discuss the environment minister’s… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 22: Agribition’s New CEO, Sask Ag Minister on Carbon Taxes and Trade, & Glen Murray Apologizes(?!)

Before getting to the latest at Canada’s largest livestock show, Shaun and Kelvin try to figure out Glen Murray shocking apology to Ontario farmers over the province’s neonic rules at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture AGM this morning. Agribition’s new CEO Chris Lane joins the show to introduce himself and why he’s excited about his new job…. Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 21: Agribition, Beef Markets & Wendel Clark

It’s day 1 of Canada’s largest livestock show, and Shaun and Kelvin are on location at Agribition in Regina for today’s program. Guests include Anne Wasko with the latest on beef markets and Friday’s Cattle on Feed Report, John Masswohl on the future of TPP, and hockey legend, Saskatchewan farmboy Wendel Clark. Tune in each… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 18: COOL, Rail Performance & Could Soil Health Regulations Be On The Way?

It’s Friday already, and we have a lot to discuss on today’s show. John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association joins Shaun and Kelvin to discuss the odds of whether mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) could actually be revived if Trump re-opens NAFTA, as has been reported elsewhere. Wade Sobkowich of the Western Grain Elevator Association discusses grain… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 17: Return of the McRib, Assessing #PlantGreen, And Loopholes in Labeling

From an organic labeling loophole in Ontario to a $140 million investment in dairy processing to the return of the McRib, there’s plenty to discuss on today’s edition of RealAg Radio. Co-hosts Shaun and Kelvin get into whether the railways-vs-grain companies blame game on grain shipping is beneficial for farmers. Jon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing… Read more »