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July 20, 2018

Doing More For Mental Health: New organization helps farmers take care of their mental well-being

In 2017, something big happened in the area of mental health for Canadian farmers: people started talking about it. And one of the instigating factors behind it was that Kim Keller got pissed off. Keller, a farmer and advocate, had been trying to raise awareness on the topic of farmers’ mental health for many years. … Continued

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May 23, 2018

Best Practices for Seeding Your Best Crop

Follow best practices to get the season off to a good start As we head into another season in the field, one crop expert says things are looking good for seeding this spring.  “Conditions look favourable,” says Daphne Cruise, a Crops Extension Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. “We don’t have excess moisture to be worried about. … Continued

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May 9, 2018

Farming a High Stress Game for Veteran Farmer

Having farmed for approximately 45 years now, Rick Backes has faced every challenge that farmers can face, from being forced to diversify his crop portfolio, to bad weather, to high costs of doing business, to unpredictable market conditions and more. And his most important advice to deal with work-related stress? “Go to the bar at … Continued

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March 16, 2018

How to Stay Grounded During Changing Market Conditions

This past year’s market access issues for Canadian pulse exports to India illustrate one of the biggest challenges for today’s farmers, says veteran farmer Alex Hamer. “There are just too many factors you don’t control when it comes to marketing,” he says. “You can make hundreds of thousands of dollars’ difference on the farm just … Continued

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January 31, 2018

Fourth-Generation Farmer Not Afraid to Get His Hands Dirty

As the co-owner of a 15,000-acre farming operation in Wessington, South Dakota, B.J. McNeil can often be found in his office making strategic plans for the farm. But like any good farmer, he’s no stranger to having his boots on the ground – even with six full-time employees. “Often when something breaks down I’m the … Continued

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December 12, 2017

Confessions of a Self-taught Seed Expert

A Good Crop Starts with the Quality of the Seed: Confessions of a Self-taught Seed Expert When it comes to ensuring a good crop and a solid yield, the quality of the seed that goes into the ground is just as important as the quality of the soil and the types of inputs that are … Continued

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