Gotta Get Me Some Cowboy Boots

It seems that a cowboy is judged by a couple different metrics.  He’s judged by the way he wears his cowboy hat, the brand of chew he carries, and the kind of boots he wears.  I really have none of those since I don’t wear a hat, don’t chew and never wear boots.  How would… Read More

Troy Hadrick, SD Dakota Rancher Gives His Thoughts on Oprah's Anti Meat Comments

Last week Oprah really spurred controversy with her comments regarding animal agriculture.  In case you missed it Oprah was toured through a Cargill facility and she took some shots at the red meat industry.  At the NCBA 2011 conference I thought I would get the opinion of a real farmer and rancher on what Oprah… Read More

What the Popularity of FarmVille Doesn't Mean

By Shaun Haney This week I was a speaker at FarmTech 2011 in Edmonton.  During the second presentation someone asked from the floor about FarmVille.  The question was in reference to whether I thought FarmVille was a great thing for agriculture because it shows that people are interested in farming? I’ve never personally played FarmVille but I… Read More

What Level of Service Can Farmers Expect in the Future?

By Shaun Haney This past weekend my wife and I tried to return a couple christmas presents that were faulty.  One was a video game system and the other was a bluetooth headset.  When we went to both stores we received the same strange instructions from the customer service desks of the stores. If you… Read More

The Idea of Farm Worker Unions in Canada is Ridiculous

By Shaun Haney, RealAgriculture.com This week on 60 Minutes they featured Brazil’s rise to world economic super power.  Brazil is the world’s largest producer of iron ore and beef while getting ready to host the Olympics and the World Cup.  Brazil is the competition in agriculture for countries like Canada and the United States.  Countries… Read More

By Shaun HaneyWe hear a lot nowadays about value chains, the integrated food system and the farmers incredibly important role in it. How many time have you heard the term, “Gate to Plate?” I can buy into this concept as long as all participants are getting a fair return for their investment in the process.I… Read More

Is this Alberta or the Former Soviet Union? - The Land Stewardship Act is Unbelievable

< p style=”text-align: center;”> You Need to Be Concerned About Bill 36 – The Land Stewardship Act By Shaun Haney I have to admit that I have missed the boat on this one.  I have been hearing many different people talk about the Land Stewardship Act and why as a farmer you should be concerned… Read More

CWB Election 2010 = Boring!!!

By Shaun Haney Did you know that the Canadian Wheat Board Elections are winding down in the next week.  I really like elections because they tend to provide debate and strong conflictive view points on many different issues.  The current CWB election is not conflictive, confrontational or interesting at all. There are no candidates talking… Read More

Can Organic and Modern Agriculture Co-Exist?

By Shaun Haney Few debates in life involve an all or none scenario. Some people try to make things this way but in reality it is not possible. This is similar to the debate of whether organic agriculture and modern agriculture can co-exist.  The better question is why not? As I have mentioned many times… Read More

Should You Be Concerned About Carry Over Canola Seed in 2011

By Shaun Haney Due to the demand for canola acres this fall, canola seed is in high demand from growers across the prairies. For some reason some farmers are asking questions about the quality of carry over canola seed from last year.  The assumption is that whether bare or previously treated, the carry over seed… Read More

Agriculture Bankers Need to Go "Old School" To Be Successful

By Shaun Haney There was a time when your banker was your friend, your confident and your advisor.  This was especially true in agriculture where farmers had a very close relationship with the man that was lending them the money.  Your banker lived in the community, he knew your business, he analyzed it, and gave… Read More

Canadian Farmers Go Mobile

By Shaun Haney Who spends less time at a desk than farmers. One of the advantages of farming is the ability to be outside in the elements growing crops and being stewards of the environment. Farming has become a much more complex career in the last 15 years where they need access to information and… Read More

Swallowing Your Pride - Can Family Farms Still Afford to Be Split Up?

By Shaun Haney It has always been the practice in agriculture if more than one sibling decides to take over the family farm that the farm will be split into separate entities.  I know that in my own family’s case in the late seventies, my grandfather and his brother split the farm into two separate… Read More

Should There Be An Age Limit on Farm Workers?

By Shaun Haney Agriculture has some untouchable topics that we are just not supposed to talk about.  One of them is dealing with aging farm workers.  On the farm we are taught to respect our elders but in some cases in agriculture we take this to high levels of absurdity.   Recently, in northern Alberta… Read More

Canada's Outdoor Farm Show: Stakeholders Step Up to Keep Plant Breeding Alive, Is it Enough?

By Shaun Haney This week the Grain Farmers of Ontario, Ag Canada, farmers and industry have made a major commitment to plant breeding in Eastern Canada. There was a lot of excitement in the Grain Farmers of Ontario booth at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show this week.  It didn’t take long to quickly figure out what… Read More

 

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