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Being prepared has proven its worth — but there’s more to be done

Being prepared has proven its worth — but there’s more to be done

Opportunity awaits, but farmers need to focus on three key areas, says ag lender

Reading Time: 3 minutes Supply shortages. Conflicting information. Ever-changing rules and regulations. Financial insecurity. Uncertainty plagued the early days of the pandemic, but Canadian farmers just kept rolling with the punches. “If I look back, I think the industry showed a lot of resiliency,” said Ryan Riese, national director of agriculture for RBC. “It showed that it was prepared […] Read more

Lorne Hehn, shown here in an undated photo, was a southern Saskatchewan farmer before becoming UGG’s president in Winnipeg in 1981. (Grainews file photo)

Former UGG, CWB chief Lorne Hehn, 79

Lorne Hehn, at his funeral last week, was remembered as the Saskatchewan farmer-turned-businessman who led the Canadian Wheat Board toward its next-to-last incarnation as a farmer-controlled marketing agency. Hehn, who died Sept. 16 at age 79, had farmed at Markinch, about 65 km north of Regina, and was involved in several farm organizations, becoming a […] Read more


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Cheaper crude clouds Canada’s economic fortunes

While dropping oil prices have boosted the U.S. economy, how the price slump will affect the outlook north of the border remains a question mark from where Canada’s largest lender sits. “In Canada, it’s a little bit less clear-cut. And the reason is our energy sector is much larger as a share of the overall […] Read more