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GUIDE WEATHER – for Nov. 22, 2011

BRITISH COLUMBIA Nov. 27-Dec. 3:Seasonal to cool. Fair but snow on a couple days inland with coastal rain. Dec. 4-10:Unsettled, windy on a couple days with rain and wind west, snow east. Often cold. Dec. 11-17:Fair skies interchange with rain west, snow east, possibly heavy. Seasonal to cold. Dec. 18-24:Heavier precipitation at times with seasonal […] Read more

Fair Versus Equal

Even with professional help, half the families that farm adviser Don Forbes meets can t get past what is emerging as an ever bigger obstacle in farm succession planning. How do you treat farming versus non-farming children? Ironically, while the issue has always been fraught, it used to be easier to deal with it when […] Read more


GUIDE WEATHER – for Oct. 18, 2011

BRITISH COLUMBIA Oct. 23-29:Generally fair but with some coastal rain changing to occasional rain or snow elsewhere. Seasonal to cool and blustery at times. Oct. 30-Nov. 5:Variable temperatures from mild to colder. Some rain in western zones this week turning to snow in the north and east. Chance of heavy snow in the mountains. Nov. […] Read more

Guide Weather – for Sep. 20, 2011

BRITISH COLUMBIA Sept. 25-Oct. 1:Variable conditions this week from fair and mild to wet and cool. Chance heavy rain west. Occasionally windy. Some snow and frost north. Frost threat interior. Oct. 2-8:Expect seasonal to occasionally cool temperatures. Frost areas inland. Blustery winds at times. Often fair but intermittent rain in the west turns to snow […] Read more


Bump Up Asset Values – for Sep. 1, 2011

This year Canadian accountants are moving public companies to international financial reporting standards (IFRS). Private companies by contrast can choose one of two options IFRS or Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise (ASPE). The acronyms seem bureaucratic, but the impact for farmers can be real. About two million private businesses operate in Canada, and although all […] Read more

GUIDE WEATHER – for Feb. 1, 2011

ONTARIO Jan. 30-Feb. 5:A few brighter days are interspersed with heavier snow and blustery winds this week. Seasonal to occasionally cold temperatures. Feb. 6-12:Sunny on a couple days, otherwise expect snow, at times heavy, on two to three occasions. Risk of rain in the southwest. Variable temperatures with blustery winds. Feb. 13-19:Minor thawing occurs in […] Read more


One Can’t Be Enough – for Oct. 11, 2010

In other industries, the names come instantly to mind. In music, of course, there s Lennon and McCartney, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Simon and Garfunkel. In science there s Watson and Crick, in politics there s Marx and Engels, and in engineering there s Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard messing about with bits of wire […] Read more

Four Myths Of Value-Adding – for Oct. 11, 2010

Nearly everyone has climbed on the bandwagon, including economists, extension agents, consultants, policy advisers, and every level of government. They all see value-adding as the solution to the economic and social problems facing primary agriculture. David Bressler at the University of Alberta goes as far as stating, Value-adding is the ONLY solution to problems faced […] Read more


On Camera – for Oct. 11, 2010

I m doing a television show right now, Jamie Reaume says over the phone. And I m filming tomorrow as well. Then, Reaume suggests, why don t I come out to the farm and watch anyway. Heck, it could hardly get more nuts. When I ask again to make certain, because tomorrow I d have […] Read more

Weather guide – for Aug. 30, 2010

ONTARIO Sept. 5-11:Mainly sunny with highs often in the 20s in the south but one or two cooler, blustery days bring periodic rain. Frost threatens northern areas. Sept. 12-18:Mostly pleasant apart from scattered rain activity on a couple of days this week. Seasonal to mild temperatures. Frost patches north. Sept. 19-25:Frost central and north, otherwise […] Read more