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Dairy producer Alain Rouleau (l) and Logiag vice-president Jacques Nault describe how each soil sample is georeferenced.

Soil testing by laser beam

A Quebec company has developed a soil-test system using laser technology that reports more accurate results in just three days

Reading Time: 4 minutes Iké Nault regularly stops his ATV on a 25-acre freshly cut hayfield belonging to a producer from Howick, 30 kilometres south of Montreal. Probe in hand, the young technician methodically collects soil samples. Each stop is georeferenced as a green dot on a field map on his cellphone screen. It really is “space age” technology, […] Read more

Despite his lawyer’s advice, Jeff Kooyman discusses the MFA video, and the steps they have taken in its wake.

After the animal abuse video went viral

What’s it like for a Canadian farmer at the centre of an international animal rights media frenzy?

Reading Time: 5 minutes A year and a half later, Jeff Kooyman is still disturbed by a video produced on his farm, Chilliwack Cattle Sales, by the advocacy group Mercy for Animals. Broadcast during prime time on CTV national news on June 2014, the video let the whole world see young workers shouting “f***ing bitch” at cows, kicking one […] Read more


Pierre Giguère, a Canadian engineer and expert in grain elevator 
construction talks with Camil Côté, in charge of the Canadian grain marketing project in Ukraine. The two men discuss the possibility of 
buying five ha of land to build co-op silos near the railways that cross the village of Vasilkivka.

Ottawa’s gamble

A year after pulling the plug on the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly, Ottawa is funding a new generation of Ukrainian co-ops

Reading Time: 6 minutes When Camil Côté landed in Ukraine’s capital Kiev last July, he was on a mission to establish grain co-operatives in a country that used to be the breadbasket of the Soviet Union. But if there was any irony in a Canadian going to the heartland of communism to build new co-ops, it wasn’t on anyone’s […] Read more

Ukraine: The world’s next breadbasket

Who will be the big winners when the struggling country gets its agricultural act together?

Reading Time: 6 minutes The world has its eyes on the Ukraine. What it is seeing there is nothing less than a new El Dorado in agriculture, based on some the world’s most fertile and most underutilized soils. For centuries, Ukraine was Asia’s breadbasket, but since the collapse of the Soviet Union, much of its potential has essentially lain […] Read more