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September 25, 2018

What’s NAFTA’s potential impact on the ag sector?

There are a lot of unknowns right now regarding the trade relationship between the United States (U.S.) and Canada.   As negotiations around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) remain ongoing between the two countries, farmers across Canada are waiting to see how their livelihood might be affected by the final outcome.   What … Continued

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August 15, 2018

Navigating An Unpredictable Commodity Market This Year – What You Need to Know

There are a lot of factors influencing the global commodity markets these days. Between Trump politics, NAFTA negotiations, market access issues in India, uncertainties with Chinese trade tariffs and the usual concerns about weather, farmers might be feeling a little overwhelmed when considering their marketing plans this year. “The political environment today is as kooky … Continued

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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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