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Bruce Coulman receives forage industry award

University of Saskatchewan breeder's varieties include bloat-reduced alfalfa

The Saskatchewan Forage Council bestowed Bruce Coulman with its Forage Industry Innovation Award at the council’s annual meeting in Lashburn, Sask, on June 26. Coulman is being recognized for his forage research and his work teaching and mentoring university students. The forage breeder has helped develop and register 22 forage cultivars through research programs at […] Read more

OYF nationals back in Regina

Once again successful young farmers from across the country will be celebrated at a national awards ceremony

THE NOMINEES, 2013 British Columbia: Troy and Sara Harker Alberta: Michael Kalisvaart and Karen Jansen Saskatchewan: Chad and Darlene Krikau Manitoba: Tyler and Dorelle Fulton Ontario: Dana and Adam Thatcher Quebec: Luc Gervais and Kim Brunelle Atlantic Canada: James and Amanda Kinsman, Nova Scotia About 150 alumni as well as Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) nominees […] Read more


B.C. growers add value

What’s good for other Okanagan growers is good for Harker’s Organics is how Troy and Sara Harker view the role of their diversified organic farming operation in south Central B.C. If they can help other growers find a market and add value to their products that also helps strengthen the Harkers’ own farm retail, wholesale […] Read more

Diversifying an Alberta farm

“If you’re not growing you’re falling behind,” is an appropriate motto for how Michael Kalisvaart has managed his Edmonton, Alta.-area farm over the past 20 years. When it became clear the economics just weren’t behind the long-time, family-run farrow-to-finish hog operation, he launched out in the mid-1990s to build a straight grain and oilseed cropping […] Read more


Joint ventures help Saskatchewan farmers grow the business

Chad and Darlene Krikau have built business partnerships to build their Saskatchewan 
grain and oilseed farm

Establishing business partnerships with other farmers has been an important element for Chad and Darlene Krikau over the past seven years as they have built their central Saskatchewan grain and oilseed farm. While it is nice to own everything yourself, the reality is that farm economics don’t always support the notion of owning every acre […] Read more

Manitoba nominees focus on enterprise economics

For Tyler and Dorelle Fulton, knowing what parts of their business make a profit is the key to success

Tyler and Dorelle Fulton say it’s a sharp pencil that help keeps their southwest Manitoba cow-calf beef operation in the profit picture. They’ve separated the farm business — managed in a joint venture with Tyler’s parents — into four different enterprises. They monitor the profit potential of each enterprise throughout the year and adjust management […] Read more


Ontario farm operates around a country store

It may not be quite as simple as “build it and they will come,” but Dana and Adam Thatcher, Ontario’s Outstanding Farmers, have found if you produce high-quality and healthy meat products customers will find you. The Thatchers, who converted their one-time Western Ontario hog operation into a diversified livestock enterprise complimented with an on-farm […] Read more

Dairy farmers focus on making the most of what they have

James and Amanda Kinsman might have more land or more dairy quota on their Christmas wish list, but since no one appears to be making any more of either in Nova Scotia they’re just doing their best to be as efficient and profitable with what is available. The Berwick, Nova Scotia dairy farmers would really […] Read more


Quebec dairy producers focus on quality cattle

Management fine-tuning and expanding the dairy herd are ahead for Luc Gervais and his wife Kim Brunelle on their long-time family dairy farm in south-central Quebec. Renovations to the dairy barn a few years ago was an important step in the growth of Ferme Germec Inc. located at Herouxville, a small farming community about 140 km […] Read more

And the glue — Lynette Mills

Lynette Mills herself is no stranger to horses as her father was a team roper, and she was involved in the local riding club and rodeo from an early age in Utah. From raising four children, to supporting husband Doug’s immensely successful training and coaching business, Lynette has been the backbone of the family for […] Read more