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UAV or drone imagery has its strengths and weaknesses the same as satellite or nanosatellite imagery.

‘Sky-high’ technology takes to new heights

Hmmm… If drones are good, would a nanosatellite be even better?

Reading Time: 6 minutes With every piece of equipment and every line of computer software that the precision ag sector creates, farmers are playing catch-up. Yes, it’s exciting to learn about new technology and the endless possibilities around the corner, but in the real world, that corner is still out of sight. The requirements for huge amounts of data […] Read more

What do you do if a farmhand calls in sick? This is when having a well-trained workforce can go a long way to reducing confusion.

What’s your emergency plan?

It’s more than COVID-19. Here’s why having an emergency plan ready for action is more important — and more achievable — than ever

Reading Time: 10 minutes You can look at it as one of the good sides of COVID-19. It’s reminding all of us that emergencies do happen, they can come when you least expect them, and they can upset practically every part of your operation. Even before COVID-19, it was easy to find experts eager to tell us why we […] Read more


Sheep indoors at Frain’s farm.

Salty business

Canada might hope climate change will force Europe to import more food. European farmers say we shouldn’t hold our breath

Reading Time: 5 minutes Here in Canada, we’re used to talking about the rise in extreme weather that comes with climate change, and we debate how it will affect crop and livestock production. In Europe, the debate has another twist. There, farmers are also worried about rising ocean levels. Why? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) […] Read more

Business partnerships can sometimes be tricky but they're essential to building a business.

Building healthy business partnerships

Next Steps: Smart thinking about farm partnerships, and whether you’re getting as much out of yours as you can

Reading Time: 7 minutes The first four columns in this series explored planning for and managing growth, assessing and mitigating risk, and how to keep an eye on cash flow so you can bankroll your growth projects. In this column we’ll look at partnerships, specifically the underlying dynamics of what constitutes a healthy one. Business partnerships can be tricky […] Read more


“I just jumped on it,” says founder Pete Sanagan, saying Canada’s farms, including its small farms, are producing “so much amazing product.”

At the storefront

Peter Sanagan, owner of Sanagan’s Meat Locker, wondered why so few farmers sell into huge, nearby markets. Then he had an idea

Reading Time: 6 minutes A truck pulls up in front of the butcher shop on the narrow, one-way street and parks under a no-stopping sign. Pedestrians emerge from shops and dart from one side of the street to the other. In the air there are smells of coffee, restaurants, even cannabis, and everything is laid out to celebrate food […] Read more

Starting with 16 kg of Gouda, Peters-Morris now produces 30,000 kg a year, with more expansion in view.

The path to a world-winning cheese title

“If anyone in this family could do it,” her father said of the business idea, “it would be you.”

Reading Time: 6 minutes Its name is Lankaaster and, in 2013, it brought international attention to Canadian cheese by capturing top honours at the Global Cheese Awards. This Gouda-style cheese, inspired by traditional boerderij kaas (farm cheese) from the Netherlands, was created by Margaret Peters-Morris, the president of Glengarry Fine Cheese Company. “The first thing you taste,” she says, […] Read more


Many farm businesses will need to develop new recruitment strategies over the next decade if they are to compete for the dwindling supply of workers.

In search of new employees for the farm

If it seems you’ve looked everywhere for new employees, maybe it’s time to try a new way of hiring

Reading Time: 7 minutes We keep hearing the numbers. The farm employment crisis is real, and it is getting worse with over 100,000 farm workers expected to retire in the 2020s, and a dwindling number of candidates from traditional sources to replace them. So, why not go to non-traditional sources? Or maybe there are better ways to let potential […] Read more

The question is, if you treat everyone equally, are you really treating them the same?

Equal, and equitable too

In a new column, CAHRC’s Jennifer Wright offers strategies that can boost the opportunity for female family members and employees to contribute on-farm

Reading Time: 6 minutes In 2017, 16,500 jobs could not be filled in Canadian agriculture, resulting in a loss of $2.9 billion in sales. When asked, 47 per cent of agricultural producers said they could not find enough workers, causing stress, production delays, lost sales, and delays or cancellations for farm expansions or upgrades. In the same survey, 34 […] Read more


Investment in a broad range of agriculture and food sectors, including the agri-environmental field, are planned.

Funds for agricultural innovation

Partnership aims to send the message that agtech is a great place to invest

Reading Time: 4 minutes Developing an “innovation ecosystem” across Canada and increasing the nation’s competitiveness in the global agriculture and agri-food industry are the goals of a new partnership between Bioenterprise Corporation and Farm Credit Canada (FCC). “FCC is the Canadian standard for financial support and banking in agriculture and agri-food in the country,” says Dave Smardon, president and […] Read more

Wade Bleier runs three companies from his farm in Saskatchewan.

Summer days

On more farms like Wade Bleier’s, summer can’t just be about crops and livestock anymore. Those days had vanished even before COVID-19 arrived. Now the challenge is even greater. How will they use this summer to take back control?

Reading Time: 13 minutes All Canadians pay close attention to the calendar and clock, but no one more than the Canadian farmer, whose livelihood has always depended on the tactical use of limited hours, days and months. Now comes summer 2020, and on top of all the uncertainties of weather, pests and markets, there’s no end to the COVID-19 […] Read more