By Shaun Haney Its that time of year that we all take a deep breath. Agricultural tradeshow season is over and now its time to get down to the business of farming.  This winter I have been across the country at the majority of the major farm shows. Many of the tradeshow booths are the… Read More

By Shaun Haney This week I was scouring the internet looking for stories and I stumbled across a report from SteinbachOnline about what we call people in agriculture.  At the Canadian Young Farmers Forum in Winnipeg earlier this month David Herle a pollster with the Gandalf Group told the group of young farmers that the… Read More

Is there anything that the Canadian Wheat Board does or says that does not come with controversy?  This week the Canadian Wheat Board announced that they are purchasing two lake freight ships at the cost of $65 Million dollars.  Much of the criticism came immediately from the Western Barley Growers and the Grain Growers but… Read More

By Due to the fact that my flight was delayed for three hours in the Calgary airport on my way to Denver for the NCBA 2011 annual convention I found the Rocky Mountain Lounge to get in an afternoon of work. Beside my work station was a giant plasma tv that had on the Oprah… Read More

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

CropWeek in Saskatoon is always a very informative week long trip. There were some definite themes and highlights that everyone could pull from the event. With the farm show and all the grower meetings happening in one city in one week, there is plenty to discuss and talk about.  Whether its the good the bad… Read More

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

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 Haney We 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… Read More

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

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

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

 

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