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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

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

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