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Froese: Who gets to do what on the farm?

Froese: Who gets to do what on the farm?

Everyone should be aware of the family roles guide

Hope you are enjoying the longer days and warm sunshine on your farm. I also hope that panic is not rising as you anticipate getting ready for spring… whatever that means! I know a farmer who has April 20 as his magic target day for having all the equipment ready to go for seeding. As […] Read more

Joseph helps Grandpa John with birthday cake duties.

Year begins with roller-coaster temperatures

Hopefully weather will hold for late-February start of calving season

January started with a mild temperature that allowed us to do a few more out-of-season projects. Early in the new year, Gregory and John worked on the holding corral at the Landis pasture. Later we used the 4450 tractor and the post hole auger to put in nine more railroad ties for the back corral. […] Read more


Society says that we ought to “retire” at 65, that 50 is the new 40... and on it goes.

Froese: Don’t let age be your cage

Pay attention to what decade of life you’re in and what needs to be addressed at that stage

Hopefully you are reading this in full sunlight with the heat of the sunbeams bathing your arms in warmth. #Harvest 2019 is but a memory, yet for some may be now #harvest2020! A podcast guest, a functional medical doctor says, “Don’t let age be your cage,” when folks complain about the aches and pains of […] Read more



Will and Cindy Lowe farm near Kyle, Saskatchewan. These are their four children.

Meet your farming neighbours: The Lowes

Meet Will and Cindy Lowe from Kyle, Saskatchewan

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, farmers are more […] Read more

Froese: When brothers don’t see eye to eye

Froese: When brothers don’t see eye to eye

One of the bulls in the middle of the farmhouse that we need to chase after is the undiscussabull of “my brother would never agree to that.” These transition conversations are as fresh as a newly minted cow plop, and they stink, too. “Elaine, my dad is great to work with, but he won’t stand […] Read more


Five reasons to make a farm business plan

Five reasons to make a farm business plan

Many farmers do not have a business plan. Here are five reasons to make one for your farm

Actually doing a business plan for your farm can be a real chore for many farmers since they are “hands-on” people that prefer the actual day-to-day work (which is always necessary) rather than “desk work.” However, as operations become larger, more complex and involve more people the reasons for business plans become more important. Here […] Read more

The Ference’s focus is to “work smarter and do more with less,” believing that diversity in many agriculture sectors is important to allow for success and part of their succession planning.

Outstanding Young Farmers awards go to Alberta and Ontario

Diversified farming operations receive national recognition

Two completely different, but well-managed mixed farming operations in Alberta and Ontario were named as Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) in early December at the OYF national awards competition in Winnipeg, Man. After winning regional nominations in their home provinces, Craig and Jinel Ference of Double F Farms near Kirriemuir, Alta., and brothers, Jordan and […] Read more


There may be a sense of relief that a person who was draining energy and creating conflict and drama on the farm is no longer working there.

Fired from the farm

How do you tell a son or daughter that they are not a good fit for the farm?

As a farm family coach I hear the struggles of farmers who are used to being able to quickly repair or fix problems that arise daily. When these hard-working, well-intentioned folks have a farming adult child who is not a good fit for the farm, great stress lingers far too long. If you try to […] Read more

Jay and Jennifer Bruggencate and Mike and Kelly Sulzle and their families farm together at Vector Grain near Lacombe, Alta., as a joint venture.

Meet your farming neighbours: The Bruggencates and Sulzles

This is the story of a joint venture between 
the Bruggencates and the Sulzles

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, farmers are more […] Read more