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Protect yourself from financial risks

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: How can I protect my farm business from financial risks? A. Farming is a risky business, but there are a few things you can do to protect your operation. Start with a business plan. A good business plan includes plans to market grain well ahead of actual grain movement to mitigate price risk and […] Read more

Locate underground utilities before you dig

Every year, underground infrastructures and utilities are unintentionally struck across Canada. Unsafe digging could result in serious injury or death, fines and repair costs or interrupted services. Although many underground infrastructures and utilities are found in urban areas, rural areas also have a number of these services. Don’t risk hitting or disrupting an underground utility […] Read more



Get ready for agroecology

Experts at World Food Day are ready to change the entire food system

By coffee time of the World Food Day conference in Bern, Switzerland I wanted to jump up on that stage and shout out: “I’m a commercial grain farmer from Canada that grew GM canola and don’t regret it. What do you have to say to that!” The speakers and attendants that day were not particularly […] Read more


When implementing new technology, it’s essential to look for potential new hazards that could arise and address them as soon as possible.

Selecting the right technology for your farm

Technology has created new and exciting ways to manage and improve farming operations. From GPS to drones, from bin monitors to smartphones and apps, tech is everywhere. Along with the tremendous advantages that technology has afforded farmers, there is potential for inefficiencies, frustrations, and, at worst, hazards. Selecting the right tech, using it to its […] Read more



Those pesky pigeons

Turn your on-farm nuisance into a new hobby for the New Year

Are there any farmsteads on the Canadian Prairies that do not have a flock of circling pigeons looking for spoiled grain? Believe it or not, pigeons were the first birds to be domesticated many thousands of years ago. Worldwide, countless millions of pigeons are kept for racing, ornamentation, fun and food. There are some 310 […] Read more

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers and program sponsors, from left 
Carl Marquis(COYF Past President), Komie Hossini (Bayer), winners Justin and Laura Rogers (N.B.), Bruce Rutherford (CIBC), winners Mylène Bourque & Simon Michaud (Que.), Jenny Ose (John Deere), Isabelle Bériau (AAFC), Sébastien Léveillé (Sollio Agriculture).

Eastern farms capture Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers awards

P.E.I and Que. Farmers selected from nominees as national winners

The national awards for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) stayed east in 2019 as Justin and Laura Rogers of Brae, P.E.I., and Simon Michaud and Mylène Bourque of Kamouraska, Que. were chosen in December as overall winners from seven regional OYF finalists from the across the country. At competitions hosted by the Atlantic Canada OYF […] Read more


Is your farm doing cash, accrual, or no budgeting?

Farm Management: Budget planning hasn’t kept pace with today’s farm value, size, or complexity

Our firm, Stark & Marsh, uses benchmarking as a tool to compare farm financial performance. The average southwest Saskatchewan incorporated farm we benchmark is 4,000 acres. Between inputs, machinery and land, costs can meet and exceed $300/acre. Costs of $300/acre multiplied by 4,000 acres equals an annual expense budget of $1.2 million dollars. This number […] Read more

Firefighters use a silo kit and other items on hand to build a cofferdam around the 14-year-old grain entrapment victim.

Training, equipment and teamwork save youth from grain entrapment

Grain entrapment is a growing concern on farms and in grain-handling facilities. Grain entrapment happens quickly and is often fatal. That’s where the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association’s (CASA) BeGrainSafe program comes in. BeGrainSafe works to save lives through awareness and training. On November 4, 2019, grain rescue training and knowledge, the proper equipment and teamwork […] Read more


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