February 27, 2019
Is Intercropping For You?
Intercropping in an age-old method that has been implemented in cultivation for years. Researchers at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) have been evaluating the intercropping system with chickpeas, and so far, the results have been encouraging. With the promise of intercropping to potentially reduce crop risk, continued research and evaluation is important to understand the value in understanding the ratios of different crops.Read More
December 20, 2018
Prairie Farmers at a Disadvantage on World Stage with Carbon Tax
No one likes a new tax, regardless of the purpose behind it. Building new schools, improving healthcare programs and fighting climate change are all valid pursuits, but the tactics are hotly debated and Canada’s new carbon tax is no exception. The basics of the national carbon tax The national climate framework, defined about two … ContinuedRead More
October 30, 2018
Succession Planning: Know the Pitfalls
With as much as we hear these days about the importance of farm succession planning, you’d think that every Canadian farm would have a plan in place. The shocking truth is that the vast majority do not. According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Agriculture Census, only 8.4 percent of Canadian farms have a written succession … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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. … ContinuedRead More