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 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

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

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

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

Many times when we compare agriculture in Canada versus the United States we tend to focus on the differences.  When in reality there are more similarities between the two countries.  This week I went to Indianapolis with Dow Agro Sciences to learn about the things that the company is working on. Before we went to… Read More

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

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

 

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