The Adversity of 2010 Continues For Farmers in the West

By Shaun Haney Its official the harvest of 2010 that we feared appears to be here. Even though David Phillips may of thought we would be free of frost, it is cold and wet.  Is a hard frost next?  The low hanging fruit of harvesting the early seeded crops is gone and now farmers across the… Read More

What Alberta Will Learn From Ontario Eventually

By Shaun Haney One of the things that I enjoy the most about my ability to travel across the country is the knowledge, opinions and perspectives that I get to gather from farmers from many different backgrounds. I hear many things from many people that are very intriguing, stimulating and incredibly thought provoking. I really… Read More

Is BlackJack Safer than Pesticides?

By Shaun Haney On Tuesday night I was following my usually routine of watching the National on CBC before I go to sleep for the night. One of the leading stories was about the Ontario government starting an online casino to compete in this massive market against the likes of Poker Stars and Bodog.  This… Read More

My Visit to Manitoba and What I Saw and Heard

By Shaun Haney I spent the day in the Winnipeg area today and it is quite clear that Manitoba is closer to Ontario in the crop cycle than it’s western province neighbours.  In my opinion the crops that I saw are a good two and maybe three weeks ahead of Alberta. I saw many canola… Read More

Is British Columbia the Forgotten Area of Agriculture?

By Shaun Haney This week I am on holidays and have been enjoying the fresh BC fresh air and boating on the lake at any chance we can. Even though we are on holidays there is always time for a great half day field tour of some of the local agricultural production. On top of… Read More

Getting Young People Back to the Farm is Critical

By Shaun Haney With the advancing average age of the North American farmer we have a critical situation at hand.   We need to get more young people in the business of farming.   Now I am not talking about getting more young people into the ag-industry.  I am talking about getting them on the… Read More

I Joined Nick Weber On The Farm

Nick Weber works at Monsanto in St. Louis and has become a great friend of mine on Twitter.  Every week Nick interviews a new person in agriculture on twitter to help communicate the message of agriculture.  He has interviewed people from the beef, crop and special crops sectors. I asked Nick in the following podcast… Read More

Editors Note (Shaun Haney): Many of you know that I am a big believer in Twitter and other social media tools as a powerful communication tool for yourself and your business.  Social media is a great cost effective way for agriculturalists to tell the story of agriculture to the masses.  A twitter friend of mine,… Read More

RealAgriculture is focused on the issues that are impacting agriculture. Launched in 2008, RealAgriculture started as a grassroots effort to provide farmers with a new way to access agricultural information. Today, we are the leading and only national agriculture publication in Canada, online and our daily show RealAg Radio at 4:30 PM EST on Rural… Read More

Lets Talk Agriculture on #agchat Every Tuesday

Michele Payn Knoper has started a Twitter chat (tweetchat) for people in agriculture. The chat will take place every Tuesday 8-10PM Eastern and it will allow people in the industry to chat about issues and ideas in real time on Twitter. Have I mentioned to everyone that I love twitter. This is a great way… Read More

Use Input Financing Programs Wisely

By Shaun Haney There are very advantageous financing programs out in the market right now for inputs (seed, crop protection, fertilizer) this winter. These financing programs may include do not pay or no interest until a given date. These can be fantastic programs for farmers but you need to be careful. You do not want… Read More

Is a profitable farm the most successful farm? Or is it the largest land base, the one with the newest equipment? Or is it the one whose operator takes a vacation every year or has the lowest debt? Earlier this week, we talked to Dr. Greg Ibendahl, of Kansas State University, and we talked about… Read More

Connecting with consumers is a massive challenge for agriculture. The industry has developed several programs and groups to close those gaps, such as the Canadian Center for Food Integrity and Ag More Than Ever. But as we saw in Monday’s federal election, there is an ideological separation between the urban and rural population. That divide… Read More

This Thursday edition of RealAg Radio is a dandy, if we do say so ourselves. On today’s show: Lyndsey Smith does her best Jessika Guse impression and covers the news (but not that well); Kaitlyn Kitzan, who spoke on the importance of agriculture to the House of Commons; Shawn Skolney, with Viterra, on wheat and canola,markets;… Read More

It’s Tuesday and the show is literally on the road. RealAgriculture’s TechTour 2019 kicks off today in Brandon, Manitoba. The four-day, four-cities, three-province tour features Realag Radio from the stage LIVE! (After the show they all get on a tour bus to head for Regina. After Regina tomorrow, it’s Lethbridge Thursday, and Red Deer on… Read More

 

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