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There is substantive evidence that regenerative farming is the future, as our current system will only ‘sustain’ for a short period of historical time.

Schoepp: To sustain is one thing, to regenerate is something else

Sustainable agriculture has been a step forward but it is not the end of the journey

Reading Time: 3 minutes For the past decade the focus on food and farming has been on sustainable systems. To be sustainable means to meet production needs without compromising the future, particularly our future natural resources. To farm sustainably is to ‘do no further harm’ or to maintain the current balance and to accept a level of accountability for […] Read more

The ag industry has become a lot safer in recent decades, but farm accidents are still occurring in numbers that demand our attention.

Opinion: You say safety is a priority, but the stats tell a different story

Farm accidents will spike in these hectic and stressful months so please give safety more attention

Reading Time: 2 minutes I am sure I am not alone in saying that COVID-19 has dominated my thoughts, conversations, plans, work and social life for the past year. We all hoped we would have moved past this point by now — and while we are getting closer, we are not there yet. With all the (rightful) attention being […] Read more


Our daily routines place a heavy dependency on minerals that are mined to supply modern life, might agriculture offer a more sustainable path?

Schoepp: The consumption of minerals calls out for a new approach

Agriculture can offer some alternatives if we innovate and adopt a regenerative mindset

Reading Time: 3 minutes In an agricultural context, the term mineral might take one’s thoughts straight to a balanced livestock diet or to the most recent soil test. It might lend itself to a water or blood test. But rarely are minerals thought of as something we consume by ingestion or external use. I checked out the amount of […] Read more

Opinion: Every producer needs to manage fusarium levels on their own farms

Opinion: Every producer needs to manage fusarium levels on their own farms

Fusarium testing of last year’s crops found very high levels of infection in many areas

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last year, fusarium was removed from the Alberta Agriculture Pest Act. This was a clear signal from our provincial government that regulating the disease was not an effective way to prevent or even manage it. While a paradigm shift, this was a positive development for our industry. It meant the focus would transition to managing […] Read more


Our challenge is in embracing and executing the belief that technology is for the betterment of all of mankind.

Schoepp: Ag technology is a marvel but one that should be shared worldwide

There shouldn’t be haves and have-nots when it comes to the amazing advances in ag tech

Reading Time: 3 minutes As farmers, we are exposed to a multitude of choices in agricultural technology. And today, college students in Canada can earn an agricultural technology degree or diploma. What an opportunity for young men and women who want to grow food! I recently participated in the Global Agriculture Technology Summit on the panel for Women in […] Read more

Might future growth for Canada’s fruit and vegetable industries be found indoors?

Schoepp: Technology can be used to create new opportunities in Canadian agriculture

We can not only grow more veggies and fruits here, but also create new value-added sectors

Reading Time: 3 minutes Canada’s food guide encourages putting fruits and vegetables at the centre of the plate. But to do this the nation is heavily dependent on imports, particularly from California. In 2019, Canada imported US$4.3 billion of vegetables, fruits and nuts from California. In total, Canada imports nearly US$6 billion in fruits and US$4 billion in vegetables […] Read more


Large volumes of food are being wasted due to an infrastructure incapacity to move, store or protect it.

Schoepp: Failing to deliver on its promise sparked the backlash against globalization

The huge amount of food waste because of inadequate infrastructure is a big part of the problem

Reading Time: 3 minutes In 2014 the world economy stalled and for the first time the rapid pace of globalization slowed. The consequences were felt immediately in a measurable drop in GDP and in food insecurity. Undernourishment rose in 2015 and is now at levels not seen since 2010. Economists were quick to blame the slippage in globalized trade […] Read more

Opinion: Are the changes to ag research really being led by farmers?

Opinion: Are the changes to ag research really being led by farmers?

The changes being made will have a major impact, but the issue isn’t attracting much attention

Reading Time: 3 minutes In February of 2016, I experienced something I will never forget. I witnessed farmers and ranchers unite across the province in passionate protest against the newly introduced Bill 6, the occupational health and safety legislation. We saw France-style farmer protests including tractor demonstrations and big crowds of angry folks. It reminded me of images I’ve […] Read more


In many areas of the world there is a direct threat to farming.

Schoepp: Climate change policies — how will they impact your farm?

One of the newest initiatives is called rewilding and it illustrates the gulf between farmers and the public

Reading Time: 3 minutes Will changes in climate policy impact land use on your farm? We don’t know yet in Canada but here are some considerations and examples from around the world. Agriculture, and in particular animal agriculture, has long been proclaimed by special interest groups as climate culprits and has been accused of a litany of woes, stemming […] Read more

Opinion: It’s time to finally address the lack of diversity in agriculture

Opinion: It’s time to finally address the lack of diversity in agriculture

Overcoming sexism and racism can’t be something we just talk about — bold action is needed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agriculture can no longer afford — literally — to be a non-inclusive industry. As we look bravely to 2021, hopefully burgeoned by plentiful crops and improved grain prices, it seems fitting to assess where our sector is at when it comes to our most important resource — people — and where we intend to go. […] Read more


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