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Patrick Moore on GMO, Sustainable Energy and Pop Environmentalism

At first glance, Patrick Moore resembles more CEO than ecologist, but give him a topic like the opposition to genetically modified crops, and you get all the emotion you’d expect from someone who helped found Greenpeace. Moores involvement with Greenpeace started in the late 1960’s in opposition to nuclear testing and the arms race and… Read more »

The Future of Water Management in Alberta with Roger Holm

As kids we used to laugh about people who bought bottled water. Who would pay for water! How about every nation on the planet. We need water on just about every level imaginable. It is a commodity that affects all other commodities. Droughts hurt crops, poor crops hurt supplies, demand for those supplies, in the… Read more »

The Success of the Costco Value Chain for Farmers

By Jason Stroeve It’s a running joke that while it costs you $55 to $100 dollars a year to get into Costco, it usually costs you at least $200 dollars every time you leave. I like shopping at Costco and apparently so does the rest of the world. If you’re successful at navigating the parking… Read more »

Why I Moved My Dairy Farm to the U.S – Ian Cumming

“Those dairy farmers print money!” That’s what a friend of mine says every time the subject of dairy farms comes up. Drive down many roads in Canada and it’s easy to see how that perception was born. Huge brand new facilities, multi-site operations with finely manicured yards and milking parlors with nicer tile most people’s… Read more »

Organic Certification in Canada Needs to Change – Mischa Popoff

If you cannot see the embedded video above click here. There are extreme challenges in the grocery store in trying to decipher all the labelling, marketing and propaganda.  With the current rise in food prices there has been an increased coverage of what food costs in the mainstream media.  Some of the most expensive food… Read more »

The Possibilities of Precision Agriculture – Jay Bruggencate, Farmers Edge

No matter what industry you are involved in, striving for efficiency is critical for lowering costs. If you can gain efficiency and increase productivity you are really achieving a win win. Precision agriculture provides the opportunity to achieve both improved efficiency and increased productivity with the same application. Most of the early focus was on… Read more »

Producers Are Looking for Growth in 2011 – Denton McGregor, FCC.

In the short term the financial picture for agriculture looks very good.  Both farmers and livestock producers are very excited about the possibilities in 2011.  With profit comes bullish behaviours of expansion and growth.  In different areas of Western Canada there has been some reports of very steamy land rental rates based on the prices… Read more »

Creating an Effective Farm Business Strategy – Jeff Orchard, MNP

Creating a business plan and making sure you execute the plan is a very big challenge for farmers. In fact it is a great challenge for all business owners. Agriculture can even be tougher because of the underlying industry foundation of the “agricultural lifestyle.”  Added on top of this is the increased amount of un-controllables… Read more »

David Phillips Gives His Spring Forecast For Eastern and Western Canada

Last year proved to be a very interesting year for weather.  Eastern Canada had probably one of the most ideal growing seasons in history.  Western Canada suffered from the problems of dealing with heavy moisture and even drought in Northern Alberta.  I have been at several farm shows across the country this month and weather… Read more »