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Pooling resources

Three farms each faced its own reasons preventing it from making major investments for the future. Then they had a new idea

Reading Time: 5 minutes There can be points in a farming career where you’ve established a solid business but you hesitate to make any further major investments unless there is either a clear successor or a plan to transition out. That’s the point at which John Schenkels of Schenkels Farms Inc. in Miramichi, N.B., had found himself. Since taking […] Read more

Business as (un)usual in Argentina

As a Canadian ag reporter finds, Argentina is a land of opportunity — if it can only get out of its own way

Reading Time: 6 minutes You must be from North America,” Federico Boglione answered. I was a bit taken aback. I thought I had asked a straightforward question, like I’d ask in any Canadian interview. “Where do you see your business in five to 10 years?” I asked. But for Boglione, president and co-owner of the Los Lazos group, Argentina’s […] Read more


A sea of soybeans

Argentina believes it can be the brightest spot on the world’s agricultural map, mainly thanks to its phenomenal capacity to grow 50 million acres of soybeans

Reading Time: 3 minutes When the world thinks of Argentina and agriculture, it may drool over slabs of grilled beef big enough to fill any plate. But when Argentina thinks of agriculture, it thinks of something even bigger — the soybean. Argentina is becoming a dominant global player in farm production, says Gustavo López, a market research consultant for […] Read more

Sticking together

Sometimes the only way to actually make the most challenging of succession dreams come true may be to commit to the oldest of values

Reading Time: 9 minutes Most farmers hope to pass their farm to the next generation. Not many consider how to set up not one, not two, but five sons in dairy farming. That was the prospect facing Jake and Frederika Wesselius in the early 1980s. They were dairy farming in Friesland, a northern province in the Netherlands, and with […] Read more


Sticking together

Sometimes the only way to actually make the most challenging of succession dreams come true may be to commit to the oldest of values

Reading Time: 9 minutes Most farmers hope to pass their farm to the next generation. Not many consider how to set up not one, not two, but five sons in dairy farming. That was the prospect facing Jake and Frederika Wesselius in the early 1980s. They were dairy farming in Friesland, a northern province in the Netherlands, and with […] Read more

A clear picture

Reading Time: 5 minutes The mere mention of farm financial analysis can raise more sweaty palms and heart palpitations from farmers than eager enthusiasm. And it’s no surprise. Many farmers would opt to do anything but delve into financial statements, even though they’re key to running the farm business. “As farmers, you do what you do because you love […] Read more


Jacques Laforge Grand Falls, N.B.

Reading Time: 4 minutes WHETHER HE’S MANAGINGthe diversification and self-sufficiency goals of the family farm or advocating for supply management on behalf of Canada’s dairy farmers, third-generation farmer Jacques Laforge knows that balance is key. Since Laforge took over the family farm with his wife Patricia in 1980, he has been balancing a career of farming with his involvement […] Read more