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A nasal spray may help you breathe better, but make sure you can sniff air before using it.

Guide Health: Take care of your nose. It’s nothing to sniff at

Abrupt loss of smell can be related to trauma, tumours, polyps or diseases like COVID-19

Reading Time: 3 minutes You probably take your nose for granted. You breathe through it and you don’t even need to think about it. Breathing is an autonomic nervous system function; it just happens. And, of course you use your nose for smelling, which you do notice, even though sometimes you wish you didn’t have to! Your nose is […] Read more

Cannabidiol (CDB) is considered the “therapeutic” option as it does not cause intoxication and euphoria as does cannabis which contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Guide Health: The scoop on cannabis

Check with your health care providers before using cannabis for any medical condition

Reading Time: 2 minutes We all know by now that cannabis is legal for recreational use in Canada. We also know there are still a number of restrictions and limitations on its use, and we know how to find out exactly what these are. However, we also hear claims about therapeutic uses for cannabis and about its effectiveness and […] Read more


“I chipped away at it for months,” says farmer-author Brent Preston.

Your story to tell

How many times have you said, “Somebody ought to write a book about this farm.” Here’s how to get started

Reading Time: 6 minutes Brent Preston had a story he wanted to share. In 2007, the Creemore, Ont. farmer and his wife, Gillian Flies, set to work and began building a thriving organic vegetable farm from the ground up. Preston wanted other would-be farmers to know it’s possible for a small, sustainable, organic farm to provide not only a […] Read more

A coach can serve as an objective thought partner, helping a farmer get clear on what they want to accomplish.

How about a life coach?

More farmers are turning to life coaches to help them strengthen themselves, their families and their businesses

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the 30 years since the first coaching programs were developed, the field of coaching has exploded. You’ll find coaches who specialize in a broad range of areas including business, leadership, personal development, wellness, financial management and more. While coaching has been gaining popularity in the corporate world for the past decade, farmers are now […] Read more


“Our success depends on surrounding ourselves with competent, skilled team members,” says Farm Management Canada’s Heather Watson.

Does your farm team have the skills your farm needs the most?

Summer can be the best time of year to ask

Reading Time: 9 minutes First, let’s start with something everyone can agree on. Investing in developing the skills of the farm team is vital for the continued success of every farm. It’s documented by Farm Management Canada’s Dollars and Sense study too, and by the finding that the number one practice of Canada’s top farmers — in other words, […] Read more

Humming, strumming along with song

Few things cheer a farmer’s heart like music, so let’s hear more of it

Reading Time: 5 minutes It shouldn’t take a global pandemic to remind us of what’s important in our lives, but, over the past months, that’s exactly what’s been happening in homes and communities around the world. Even on farms, which after all have more experience dealing with these issues, some are feeling the loneliness and boredom of isolation from […] Read more


Young people who grew up on the farm wanting to pursue a farming career must consider multiple factors when also deciding for a higher education.

Social (un)distancing

Canada’s young farm grads have learned how to capture the benefits of social networking despite living in a kind of isolation the rest of Canada is experiencing for the first time

Reading Time: 7 minutes When Blair Cummins left the farm where he grew up to go to the University of Saskatchewan and get his bachelor of science in agriculture in the 1970s, he could count on one hand the number of people he knew who were pursuing higher education. “Out of my generation, I only know two others that […] Read more

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer contains 70 per cent alcohol and is the recommended option when washing your hands is not possible.

Guide Health: Antiseptics and disinfectants

Always let your hand sanitizer evaporate on your skin. That’s how it works!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Antiseptics and disinfectants both slow or stop the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, but with one difference. Antiseptics are intended for human use, while disinfectants are used to clean inanimate objects like table tops, counters and sinks. Sometimes the same product can be used for both, but the disinfectant may be […] Read more


Make self-care your priority

Actually, you do have time to take care of yourself, especially with these incentives

Reading Time: 5 minutes Grain farmers Jennifer and Michael Doelman are making self-care a priority in 2020. Years of hard work, sleepless nights caring for young children, and a stressful farm succession process have left the Renfrew, Ont. couple suffering from burnout. The couple love their work but have been stretched too thin giving to farm, family and community. […] 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