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Natural ways to improve soil quality

Cover crops may be more practical than molasses and milk

For many years there has been growing public concern that food is declining in nutrition. Dr. Arden Anderson, a favourite researcher, has studied the correlation between soil health and feed nutrition. His research has shown that the nutrient content of foods today compared to half a century ago ranges from 15 to 75 per cent […] Read more



Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers heads for New Brunswick

National competition has to select the best from the best

Some of the brightest young minds in Canadian farming will be meeting in Fredericton, N.B., in early December for the 39th annual awards program of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF). Seven farm couples, selected as regional winners from across the country earlier this year, will be vying for recognition of the national title, as they […] Read more


Canada’s OYF 2019: Alberta nominees

No rest, no worries for these OYF winners from east-central Alberta

What could be harder than balancing a business and family? How about three businesses? Managing three kids and three companies might sound daunting to some, but for Dallas Vert and Natasha Pospisil, it’s all in a day’s work. Armed with diplomas from Olds College, Dallas and Natasha purchased his parents’ grain farm in Kirriemuir, in […] Read more



Canada’s OYF 2019: Ontario nominees

Proper management and improved efficiency support growing dairy goat operation

Jan and Jony Roos are thrilled to be Ontario’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF), and the fact that they were nominated by a former employee makes it even more of an honour. “It gave us a good feeling that our employees appreciated it here,” says Jony. “We didn’t expect to win because the other competitors […] Read more


Canada’s OYF 2019: British Columbia nominees

Hen farmers lay foundation for success

If it is unlikely that an artist and doctor parents would produce a farmer, then having that farmer win a regional award as an Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) seems even a greater stretch of the imagination. But, tell that to Cammy Lockwood, the product of non-farming parents. Cammy Lockwood and her husband James were named […] Read more



Canada’s OYF 2019: Quebec nominees

Re-design of a re-design gets dairy on track for Quebec farmers

Starting their own dairy farm hasn’t exactly been a smooth road for Simon Michaud and Mylene Bourque, but the young Quebec couple’s efforts to establish a productive and efficient farming operation in the heart of tourist country earned them recognition earlier this year as Quebec’s regional finalist for the Outstanding Young Farmer’s program. Born and […] Read more


How to ask your lender for money when you need it

Having a business plan that tells your farm’s story increases your chance of success with lenders

In the first article in this series, I introduced several options available to farmers experiencing financial difficulties. I advised farmers to address financial issues sooner rather than later and not to lay blame on anyone or anything (like the weather). In the second article, I presented an example of using debt restructuring and asset sales […] Read more



Canada’s OYF 2019: Saskatchewan nominees

The Rangers focus on cropping efficiencies on mostly rented land

Jason and Jenna Ranger, Saskatchewan’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF), have over the past dozen years steadily grown their cropping operation, Jaran Farms Ltd., in north-west Saskatchewan to around 11,000 acres, producing primarily canola, oats, wheat and lentils. After completing a year of his agricultural degree in 2006, Jason had the opportunity to rent a […] Read more


Canada’s OYF 2019: Atlantic Canada nominees

Seventh generation PEI farm continues to evolve into new enterprises

It was Justin Rogers’ great-grandmother who named Picturesque Farms over 100 years ago when she turned into the drive for the first time and exclaimed, “My, this is a picturesque farm!” More than seven generations after their ancestors purchased the land in 1843, the Rogers’ 300-acre grain farm in Brae, P.E.I. is still going, thanks […] Read more