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Editor’s Note: A motion that needs support

Reading Time: 2 minutes As farmers across the country churn their way through this winter’s virtual meeting season, here’s a proposal for adding a useful (and profitable) bit of debate. It’s way past time for more farm groups to start investing a slice of their research budgets into exploring the business questions that will be crucial to their members’ […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: So how come Connor is still sitting in the truck?

“You’d better get him home,” Donna said. “Elaine’s looking for him.”

Reading Time: 5 minutes When the phone rang Donna finished sewing to the end of the seam before she picked up. “Hrguagh?” she said, realizing too late that she was still holding three pins in her mouth. “Um… Donna?” her daughter-in-law Elaine asked. “Sorry,” Donna said, removing the pins. “I can call you back?” “No!” Donna said. “I’m glad […] Read more


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Editor’s Note: In control, and ready to take on 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes We’ve all heard it. There’s that proverb that says farmers make their worst decisions in good times. Well, after the last decade, it’s pretty clear that it just isn’t true. When we think about innovation in farming, it’s no surprise that we all rush to point at farm machinery, smart phones, new genetics, and new […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: Making more room at the Christmas table

With or without COVID-19, the big thing is to maintain the connection!

Reading Time: 4 minutes For the 2020 Christmas dinner there were seven places around Jeff and Elaine Hanson’s table. The two of them, their two kids, Jeff’s parents, Dale and Donna, and Elaine’s laptop. “I think we’re spending more time with extended family this year than ever,” Donna said. Before and during Christmas dinner the Hansons had caught up, […] Read more


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Editor’s Note: Into 2021 with a change of plan

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the century-plus that Country Guide has been publishing, there have been few times with as much change in the air for Canada’s farms as there is heading into this January. If this were any other industry, it would be the stuff of headlines. It isn’t just that change is afoot on Canada’s farms, it’s […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: The air turns blue, in more ways than one

It was supposed to be so simple. Pick up the kids. Take them to school. Go for a coffee…

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Once this pandemic is over,” Donna had told her husband Dale while she filled a travel mug with coffee, “I’m going to start a safari business.” “Huh?” Dale said through a mouth full of toast and peanut butter. “This past week I’ve seen nine moose, 12 deer, four antelope and two raccoons from the road.” […] Read more


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Hanson Acres: A long hot summer suddenly comes to a sticky sweet end

It all just goes to show that on the farm, if it isn’t one thing, it’s always another

Reading Time: 5 minutes Near the end of harvest, Jeff could barely remember a day that hadn’t been hot. Too hot. The excitement of a nice sunny day had worn off weeks earlier. At least there was a breeze today. “Can we have a bonfire tonight, Dad?” 10-year-old Connor asked from the passenger seat as Jeff turned into the […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: Counting the years… or better make it ‘days’

Of all the Hansons’ harvests, here’s one Connor will never forget

Reading Time: 5 minutes “You know,” 10-year-old Connor told his dad, “if I was running the grain cart instead of Grandpa, you’d have an extra person to help get the combine out of the slough.” Jeff tried not to laugh. “One more year, buddy. You’re still a little young.” Yesterday, Jeff had spent at least 20 minutes explaining the […] Read more


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Editor’s Note: Where are the big ideas?

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the reasons why agriculture has mainly adapted so quickly to COVID-19 is that farmers are used to dealing with black swans. But it isn’t the only reason. Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t want to underestimate the real pain that some sectors have faced. Whether that’s the logistical nightmare of beef processing or the […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: On the run in our COVID-19 summer

Maybe there was always going to be a day when the lockdown just seemed too tough to handle

Reading Time: 5 minutes “Are you sure we’re not going camping?” seven-year-old Jenny asked her mom for the third time. “Maybe you’re just not telling me because it’s going to be a surprise?” Elaine stopped chopping carrots and bent down to give her daughter a hug. “I wish that was what we’re doing, but it’s just not going to […] Read more