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Shot of a young boy sitting with his dad inside the cab of a modern tractor

I can’t change the past, but I wish I could

Taking the kids along when working has long been seen as part of farming, but that needs to change

It was a long and tough winter on the Prairies. Once the sun shone, tractors were serviced, calves were born, cattle sorted, chickens hatched, seeds sown — I delighted in watching the many posts and videos that families shared during this time of rebirth on the farm. And then it hit me. Most included a […] Read more


Is it true Daddy? The sad truth about gender equality

Whether it’s pay, discounts on farm supplies, or career advancement, women are not equal with men

A little girl asks her father, ‘Daddy is it true I am worth less than my brother? Is it true that he will earn more than me, get better deals, and have easier access to money even if I am educated? Why?’ When a little girl is born with all her beauty and possibilities, she […] Read more



Forget the jokes about millennials – the kids are all right

Yes, this new generation can be confounding but take a closer look at what they bring to the table

You are staring at your millennial child as though they just dropped from the sky. You don’t get them. They don’t get you. It’s the first week of the millennial employee’s job. Things are going OK. They talk a lot, snack a lot, and generally hang around. Somehow the project gets done, you have not […] Read more


Single-trait selection can be too much of a good thing

Dairy and beef cattle are amazingly adaptive, but problems arise when we breed for just one trait

As I have travelled the world I have had the privilege of seeing many different breeds of cattle. They come in every colour and shape, from the stocky Belgium Blue to the sleek Zebu. Some cattle can be found on streets eating food waste; others are beasts of burden working fields and transporting goods; the […] Read more



Farmer with cattle in barn

It’s a new era when it comes to livestock medication

Don’t wait until the new rules go into effect in December — the time to get ready is now

Having a professional relationship with your veterinarian has never been more important. New regulations passed by Health Canada that come into effect Dec. 1 will require that all medically important antimicrobials (MIA) — including those that are injected, dissolved in water, fed in feed, or administered as a bolus — will need a prescription. Just […] Read more




Clever innovators have found new ways to bring us a cleaner plate

There are a host of flours made with unusual ingredients and they can also be used to make edible cutlery

I was thinking of my friend Ashley Fraser and the time I spent on his farm. The Australian innovator grew a variety of specialized seed crops for certified seed and birdseed, with the screenings going to the feed bunk ration. It was a waste-free way of looking at seed production and usage. In his climate […] Read more


A small conflict offers some larger lessons on finding solutions

The story of Sarah and Tom shows how easy it is for battle lines to be drawn and how they can be avoided

Sarah was mad at Tom for spending money on a new gun. She has been trying to manage on a tight budget for years and the kids needed new school boots with a long, wet spring just around the corner. Tom argued the money came from the portion of the budget they could both dip […] Read more



Girl sitting against tree, blowing dandelion seeds

These are the five freedoms I believe every child deserves

As we nurture our children, we need to think about creating an environment in which they can thrive

I have been immersed in imagery lately while going to presentations on the animals and the people of this world. There have been beautiful photos of hope and human engagement as well as tragic visuals of war, rape, hunger, abandonment, and homelessness. I have enjoyed striking images of wild animals, endangered creatures, and lost habitat. […] Read more


Soil background

There are many ways to view — and treat — soil

Healthy soil is a precious resource and we need to think more about that as we plan for our future

It is hard to imagine there is so little soil when we stand and look out at our vast landscapes where the ground lays in wait for the warmth of spring and the touch of the farmer’s hand. The shrinking global land base that is arable seems a country mile away and another farmer’s problem. […] Read more