Tag: Rob Saik

Will small-holder agriculture leapfrog ahead with access to precision agriculture technology?

I often think that when we discuss precision agriculture we tend to naturally focus on large broadacre-style farming across the U.S. Midwest corn belt, Ontario, and the western Canadian prairies. We don’t seem to talk about how precision agriculture technology could create a difference in small-holder agriculture. Clearly, auto-steer is not something you must have when… Read more »

Presenting on the future of food and agriculture technology to Bill Gates

Who is the most memorable person that you have had a chance to interact with? How about one of the wealthiest, most successful business people of a generation? This week in Seattle, Washington, Rob Saik of Trimble Ag Software (Agri-Trend) was invited to a symposium to present on the future of ag technology at the headquarters of… Read more »

“Know GMO” Movie Project Still Seeking Funding

A film project exploring the benefits of genetic engineering in crops is needing additional funding to move ahead. Fundraising and pre-production work for “Know GMO: An Uplifting Discussion About Food” kicked off in late 2014. Since then more than 100 hours of filming has been done in North and South America and Africa, from Uganda to… Read more »

On the Sidelines of March Against Monsanto

While many farmers were busy seeding on May 21st, thousands of people around the world spent the day rallying against genetic engineering and other innovations in crop science, at what is known as “March Against Monsanto” (MAM). Most of the people at the rallies proclaim that genetic modification, herbicides and other technologies used to produce food are,… Read more »

MYFB — Ep 18: The Makings of an Innovative Farmer

“Innovation” is a buzzword in today’s world, often associated with technology, but it’s not necessarily about gadgets, as our guest for this episode in the Mind Your Farm Business series points out. “Innovation really is about grabbing ideas from other parts of the planet or other ideas you see people doing and bringing that back… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Cornell University’s Gene Gun and Plant Breeding Labs

The gene gun, the first of which literally used a .22-calibre bullet, was invented by plant geneticists working at Cornell University in the 1980s as a way of injecting DNA into plant cells. The technology made the process of introducing new genetic material to many major crops, including corn and wheat, much more efficient, helping to create plants with resistance… Read more »

Rob Saik Wraps Up Another Farm Forum Event

It was another busy few days for Farm Forum Event attendees in Saskatoon last week. The conference featured Saskatchewan’s own Brent Butt as the opening act, followed by an incredible lineup of speakers, including Kevin Folta, Jon Entine and Mike Boehlje. Related: Agri-Trend to be Bought by Trimble But why read a note from us trying to wrap… Read more »

Agri-Trend to be Bought by Trimble

A farm consulting company that grew from one person in Red Deer, Alberta 17 years ago to a network of over 200 specialists today has been sold to one of the heavyweights in the precision agriculture and geospatial business, as Trimble announced Tuesday it is buying all the assets of Agri-Trend. Agri-Trend’s network includes more… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Grafting, Non-Browning Apples and Ieuan Evans (Pt. 2)

Related: Saik’s Agri-Treks: Sunflowers, Sheep and Ieuan Evans (Pt. 1) In this episode of Saik’s Agri-Treks, we are back on the tour of Ieuan Evans’ “4.5 acres of ecosystem.” Rob Saik, host of Agri-Treks and founder of Agri-Trend, shows us an edible mountain ash, apple grafts, cherry and plum trees. He then gives us a tour of the greenhouse,… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Sunflowers, Sheep and Ieuan Evans

Saik’s Agri-Treks has taken us to favelas in Brazil, not-quite-elephant-proof fencing in Africa, Agritechnica in Germany and desert irrigation in Arizona. But this time, Rob Saik takes us on an exploration of our own backyard — or, Ieuan Evans’ backyard — in sunny Alberta. Related: Will Agriculture be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion? Rob Saik’s TEDx Talk Evans is… Read more »

The End of the Little Red Barn

The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation hosted its annual conference last week, with the theme “Fixing Fences — Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide.” Rob Saik, CEO of Agri-Trend, was one of the panelists in the “Found at the Farm Gate”  Friday afternoon session, and he suggested that one of the first steps to bridging the divide would… Read more »

Will Agriculture be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion? Rob Saik’s TEDx Talk

North Americans can and do choose to spend 30% or more on organic or market-differentiated food because we can. We’re an incredibly wealthy society, by and large, and are only required to spend about 8% of our income on food. So does that give us the right to condemn those who can’t afford to pay… Read more »

“Know GMO” Film Project Launched

Pre-production work and fundraising has started for a million dollar film project aimed at informing people about the use of biotechnology in food and farming. “Know GMO: An Uplifting Discussion About Food” will explore the impact of genetic modification, asking questions about how to feed a growing human population, says Rob Saik, the executive producer… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Fertilizer Movement on the Port of Paranaguá

We’re about to embark on our third adventure in Brazil with Rob Saik, host of Agri-Treks and founder of Agri-Trend. We’ve explored Brazil’s Carnaval celebrations in São Paulo and Rio De Jainero, the favelas in Rio and now, we will experience the Port of Paranaguá. Located in the state of Paraná, the Port of Paranaguá has a long history, dating back to colonial times, as it was through Paranaguá that settlers first… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Touring Brazil’s Favelas

In the last episode of Saik’s Agri-Treks, we toured Carnaval celebrations in São Paulo and Rio De Jainero and the statue “Christ the Redeemer.” We also learned of Carnaval’s significance to the favelas, where many of the samba schools are formed. Favelas are areas typically located on the periphery of large cities in Brazil, where those who could not afford housing within the… Read more »