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Grandpa John poses with Joseph and James in the barley crop

Combines finally get rolling

Eppich News: Organic oats and ‘The Bread wheat’ among the first harvested

The beginning of August found us trying to finish baling the hay before the rain. Gregory was working on the ditch bales while I worked on the two hayfields. We finished right as the storm started. The lightning was hitting the ground very close to us and the thunder rattled the truck. While Gregory and […] Read more

Froese: Encouraging farm fathers

Here’re some ways and practical tools to help you do just that

If I could show you a way to increase the family harmony on your farm and help you be more profitable at the same time would you listen? Would you be courageous enough to look at your own issues, strengths and weaknesses? I bet you would if it was easy. People problems on farms are […] Read more


Froese: Tips to help you communicate

Research shows families who have regular business meetings are more profitable

It warms my coaching heart to sit in a workshop with a group of smart women in agriculture who truly want better communication on our farms. Some of these tips I’m sharing were generated by FCC’s Patti Durand, my friend and a great transition specialist at Connect Ag 2019. (Watch FCC Focus on Farm Transition […] Read more

Family relationships can be tested

Everyone needs to understand what is really important

Multi-generation farm families have a bigger challenge than most businesses, and sadly, the rate of failure is often high. Family relationships are never easy, but always worth working at. It’s doubly hard when sharing a life’s work and making room for multiple personalities and differences of opinion on how things should be done. The very […] Read more


Tyson and Kristin Swan have a two-year old son, and twins on the way.

Meet your farming neighbours: Tyson and Kristin Swan

Meet Tyson and Kristin Swan and their two-year old son in west-central 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

Justin Allport’s operation is based out of his parents’ yard a few miles from his own house, where he lives with his wife Nicole and their two young children, Amara and Emmett.

Meet your farming neighbours: The Allport family

Meet Justin Allport and his family, on their grain farm in west-central 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


Linda and Wade Parkinson farm about an hour northwest of Saskatoon. 
They are transitioning their farm to their daughter and son-in-law.

Meet your farming neighbours: The Wasmuths

This is the story of Neil and Misty Wasmuth, and Misty’s parents, Wade and Linda

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

Brian and Carmen Sewell farm at Herronton, Alberta, approximately 40 minutes southeast of Calgary. They have three children.

Meet your farming neighbours: Brian and Carmen Sewell

This is the story of Brian and Carmen 
Sewell, from Herronton, Alta.

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


Mark and Bobbie Bratrud have been farming full time, 
west of Weyburn, Sask. for the past seven years.

Meet your farming neighbours: Mark and Bobbie Bratrud

This is the story of Mark and Bobbie Bratrud, near Weyburn, Sask.

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

Does anyone care about the farm?

Some questions for farm families to help create a successful legacy

I’ve just read David Specht’s book The Farm Whisperer…secrets to preserving families and perpetuating farms. It’s a great, quick read of inspiring questions for farm families wanting to transition management and ownership to create a successful legacy. Specht and I met on the Internet… I Googled him, then picked up the phone, then we exchanged […] Read more