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Just a sample of the dishes on display at the RC Show.

Three chefs take centre stage

Restaurant owners know disruptive change is coming, and that farmers have to be involved. But do they speak the same language? Hmmm, we sent a reporter

Reading Time: 11 minutes It’s shoulder-to-shoulder people, with barely enough space to bring a forkful of Peruvian spicy creamed chicken to my mouth. It’s great. So is the next taster I try, a vegetarian burger garnished with Peruvian chili aioli. The burger is made from pressed Canadian cottage cheese. Next are tables with cocktails, kombucha and Canadian cheese paired […] Read more

It’s very beneficial to have meetings early in a family’s life as they help build next-generation leadership.

Your first family meeting

It’s agreed. There are so many great reasons to start holding family meetings. The question is, how do you get started? Here’s help

Reading Time: 5 minutes The verdict is in. Family meetings do two things. They build stronger families, and they build stronger businesses. They empower the farm plan for the future in an orderly and constructive way. They help it take transitions in stride, and let it escape painful and costly conflict by addressing issues that inevitably arise in any […] Read more


How much bigger are farms getting?

Farm size is increasing in Canada, but the rate of expansion is slowing, and new ownership models are emerging

Reading Time: 6 minutes Tom Eisenhauer, CEO and president of Toronto-based national farm financing firm Bonnefield Financial, gets right to his point. “To maximize their profits,” he says, “farmers need to maximize the utilization of their equipment, their inputs and their labour. “This usually means expansion.” J.P. Gervais, chief agricultural economist at Farm Credit Canada, also believes that larger […] Read more

ELDs are primarily a response to the falsifying of information and trucks exceeding hours of service.

Digging into the details of electronic logging devices

ELDs are improving safety and logistics, and pointing the way forward for farm transport

Reading Time: 4 minutes Change can be daunting in any field. When it’s imposed, especially by government regulation, it can get off to an even rockier start, such as with the subject of this article — electronic logging devices (ELDs) and Transport Canada’s implementation of the technology. Initially, many truckers and fleet operators who have installed the systems were […] Read more



“If you have a purpose and are driven to fulfill that purpose, passion will develop.”

Why do you farm?

Whether it's passion or purpose, your answer is growing more important than anyone thought

Reading Time: 7 minutes Go to any school graduation and you can expect to hear the graduates being told to follow their dreams and find their passion, and that if they find a job they love, they’ll never have to work a day in their lives. It’s a popular message. A recent survey at Columbia Business School found 90 […] Read more


Your 2020 agricultural calendar of winter events

The first 90 days offer impressive opportunities for new insights, new technologies and new points of view

Reading Time: 6 minutes The one thing we can know for sure as we enter this new decade is that it will be vital to get a good start on 2020. So maybe it’s not so bad that popular culture sees New Year’s as a time for making resolutions and pledges. The seed and the fertilizer may be ordered […] Read more

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair celebrates tradition, and evolves with the times

How does the 97-year-old fair keep attracting 300,000 a year? By sticking to core strategy, and keeping it new

Reading Time: 8 minutes It’s the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show — an incredible celebration of harvest time, animal husbandry and equine prowess. And on November 1, when “Country Comes to the City” opens for its 97th year, one of the questions in the air will be how this fair has managed to not only survive […] Read more


After the first time that farmers visit with the social group, Jill Rennie says she doesn’t have any trouble getting them to come back.

Retired farmers show they have a lifetime to share

Support for these farmers stopped the moment they left the farm, until Jill Rennie developed this innovative dementia support group

Reading Time: 8 minutes Retiring from the farm can have a massive impact on farmers’ mental and physical health. It can seem the lucky ones are those who can still live on the farm site, do a few odd jobs, run some errands or help out at busy times. Indeed, the ones who end up moving away from the […] Read more

Processing plants are being built across the country to convert farm crops into bioproducts for essentially every sector.

The booming bioeconomy — Part 2

In part one of this feature, we introduced the bioeconomy and how Canada is working to become a world leader. In part two we look at specific sector developments from coast to coast — there are lots of them!

Reading Time: 7 minutes It’s a surprise to most of us. What’s the hottest bioeconomy subsector on the planet? Replacements for plastic. Worldwide demand for biodegradable products is urgent and it’s growing, especially to replace single-use plastic items like straws, utensils, cup lids and plastic bags. The race is on. France banned plastic cups in 2016, and Queen Elizabeth […] Read more


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