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There is an extraordinary amount of things on a farmer’s mind, at the best of times. This year that number has multiplied.

Toban Dyck: Piecing together the farming puzzle

A picture is starting to emerge of what farming looks like for me

Eight years ago, when Jamie and I moved to the farm, I opened the box and dumped the farming puzzle on the table. There seemed to be an infinite amount of pieces and just as many ways to put it together. And, as you know, this particular puzzle does not come with a reference picture. […] Read more

Not all the guests could be on hand for James Eppich baptism due to COVID-19 and closure of the U.S. border, but there was still good representation of Eppich family members on hand for the July ceremony.

Haying season gets rolling in late July

Eppich News: Good rain will help hay and pasture production

Summer seemed to fly by. During the middle of June, Gregory and John were able to work some summerfallow. I took the colt LJ out to check the cows at Landis on June 26. Everybody was accounted for but I found one calf with foot rot. The next day, Gregory and I rode out 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: Vision for family, farm and ownership — What now?

With the ripple effect of the pandemic now is the time to redefine where you’re at

Farmers are problem solvers and fixers, but I don’t think we anticipated the ripple effect of a pandemic on our families, our farms and our future. I’ve spent the last few weeks anchored at my farm office calling out to farmers, listening, and drilling deep to share a well of hope. On a Zoom call […] 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

The perfect gift may be a heartfelt letter to a family member expressing your appreciation.

The gift of healing stories in agriculture

This gift will not cost you any money — only your time and attention

Pierrette believes as I do that positive feedback and pointing out good actions is important to creating a healthier culture in our farm teams. Pouzer and Koutes authored Encouraging the Heart of Your Business that echoes the same theme. As Christmas celebrations approach I’d like to challenge you to take a risk this year in […] Read more


Gregory making sure cattle have feed, good bedding and shelter during the February cold snap.

Spring pasture fenced and ready

February got cold and then got colder

January turned out to be a decent month for a variety of projects. On Jan. 14 the temperature was liveable and the wind was down so we decided it would be a good day to skin an old, crippled cow for our friends Bill and Betty. We were supposed to get to her earlier so […] Read more

I was writing and thinking when I looked up, saw a line of grain bins and recalled that, 
yes, right, I live on the farm. I am a farmer.

Toban Dyck: Joy comes at unexpected times

Find what brings you joy in farming, and take time to focus on those things

I was writing. I was deep in my own thoughts, wrestling, jostling, mucking around in the recesses of my mind. It’s important to dredge once in a while. Those things that reside in the depths tend to surface unannounced if not properly addressed. Anyway, I was in this space — a space I love to […] Read more



Thelma Pepper is the oldest recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

Photographer focuses on ‘ordinary’ pioneer women

Thelma Pepper wanted to highlight their strength and resourcefulness

Last May, Saskatoon photographer Thelma Pepper was one of six recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. The award recognizes the achievements and contributions of the province’s outstanding citizens, and at 98, Pepper is the oldest recipient in the award’s history. Pepper’s black and white photographs, taken with a Rolleiflex camera, often feature the ‘ordinary’ […] Read more