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Hanson Acres: This spring, the Hansons think maybe they’ve got it figured out

The family has been at this farming thing for generations. It’s time for that to show

Reading Time: 4 minutes After Jeff knocked on his parents’ door he was too impatient to wait for an answer. He opened the door and stepped in.  “Come and see this!” he yelled, holding up a sheet of paper. “Is everything okay?” his mom, Donna, called from the basement.  “You bet it is!” Jeff called back.  By the time […] Read more

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Editor’s Note: The incredible summer of 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s the way of things. A thought leads to a theory. An insight leads to a vision. And a great summer leads to an action plan. Welcome to a year like we’ve never seen before. We’ve always thought summer is for field work, winter is for business management. This year, more than ever, that’s changing. […] Read more


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Hanson Acres: The big day is here, but does it matter?

On the Hanson farm there’s a new rule. COVID-19 doesn’t always get to win

Reading Time: 5 minutes “They’d had lunch, and Donna Hanson was finishing her cup of coffee at the kitchen table, flipping through the latest mail and trying to decide what to do with her afternoon. “I’m heading out to the shop,” her husband Dale called from the porch where he was playing a fierce game of tug-of-war with his […] Read more

Now that farmers have had a taste of “attending” virtual machinery shows, will in-person machinery shows continue to attract the same crowds?

Getting back to reality after COVID-19

Will farm shows and machinery events ever be the same again?

Reading Time: 6 minutes In my time as machinery editor, getting to publicity events held by equipment brands has meant spending a lot of time in hotels and on airplanes. My schedule saw me, on average, flying somewhere every six weeks, and you get to experience a lot of unusual things that way, like when a flight attendant on […] Read more


Tom Button

Editor’s Note: The right year to celebrate

Reading Time: 2 minutes As we get into spring, find some time for thinking and brainstorming how you can make 2021 a milestone year that your farm will long remember. It’s the right advice. Not every ag sector is having a banner year. And even within the grain and oilseed sector, not every farm is feeling on top of […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: The votes are in, so tell us who won!

It’s election day, and on the Hanson farm, the tension is mounting and mounting

Reading Time: 4 minutes Elaine Hanson’s laptop was propped up at the end of the kitchen table, and Elaine, her husband Jeff, and Jeff’s parents Dale and Donna sat clustered in their chairs at the other end, drinking coffee and watching the screen. Elaine bit her lip, one eye on the screen and the other on her phone, where […] Read more


Tom Button

Editor’s Note: Knowing the value of the job ahead

Reading Time: 2 minutes Success at business is success at putting your values into action. In farming, that’s good for the world, and it’s going to continue that way as long as family farming survives. One of my personal distractions this spring will be planting sugar maples and white oaks that we’re acquiring with the help of the local […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: “Where did she go? I just saw her a minute ago!”

Sometimes it’s a dog’s life on the farm, but only if you’re very, very lucky

Reading Time: 5 minutes Dale’s heart was beating louder than the seed cleaning plant motor. In full panic mode, he shouted again, but still no response. He could feel the sweat on his forehead turning his toque damp. He spun in a slow circle, looking around the yard. No traffic was going by on the road. That at least […] Read more


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Editor’s Note: A bigger question than COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes Agriculture is racing into the future. We all agree on that. But what will farms look like in that future? And who will farm them? I can’t say for sure, and I don’t think you can either. Here’s an interesting assignment for a snowy March evening. Make a list of your current machinery inventory and […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: The countdown begins, with eight more weeks to go

“Remember,” Elaine was told, “not everyone’s going to agree with you.”

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Thanks Jeff,” Elaine said, barely looking up as her husband refilled her coffee cup. Elaine and her mother-in-law were at the kitchen table, working on Elaine’s campaign. With eight weeks to go until the end of elections for the board in Saskatchewan, Donna was re-reading the final draft of Elaine’s candidate bio while Elaine tweeted […] Read more