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A city girl, Katelyn Duban jokes she had to ‘work her way up’ from the ride-on lawn mower to the tractor. And it was in the tractor that she got the idea for her podcast, which has now been downloaded more than 200,000 times around the world.

Alberta farmer’s podcast on women in ag attracts a global audience

“It’s been crazy to think that in two years, it has reached so many people and so many countries. For some reason, I am quite popular in Zimbabwe.” – Katelyn Duban.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Katelyn Duban started her podcast after looking for, but not finding, a farm-related podcast for millennial women that she might enjoy listening to. Today, that search is easier — there’s about 100 episodes of “The Rural Woman” podcast available for downloading. And people have found it, with more than 200,000 downloads by listeners in more […] Read more

Charlotte Wasylik, who farms near Vermilion, has been doing virtual tours of Chatsworth Farm since the pandemic started.

Virtual tours gather global audience for Vermilion farm

"We're letting people into our way of life"

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chatsworth Farm is a long way from Scotland and even farther from Nigeria. But that hasn’t stopped the Vermilion-area farm from welcoming tour groups from these countries half a world away — virtually, that is. “I started doing tours in March as soon as our first lockdown came into place,” said Charlotte Wasylik, who operates […] Read more

Grain groups post new videos

Grain groups post new videos

Chops and Crops along with Alberta Barley’s AGM available on YouTube

Reading Time: < 1 minute With in-person conferences cancelled, Alberta’s wheat and barley commissions have posted several new videos on their YouTube channel. One is a virtual version of the annual ‘Chops and Crops’ roundtable, in which reps from nine commodity commissions (canola, wheat, barley, pulses, potatoes, oats, sugar beet, pork and beekeepers) discuss policy issues with Agriculture Minister Devin […] Read more

Hershey, a bottle-fed calf, has become a regular on the virtual farm tours that Charlotte Wasylik began making last month.

A virtual farm walk spreads joy far and wide

Reading Time: 3 minutes A little project that started as a way for a family farm to communicate with friends and relatives has become a way to showcase agriculture to the world. Charlotte Wasylik of Chatsworth Farm near Vermilion, made a livestream video tour of her family farm on Facebook Live near the end of March. “We were originally […] Read more

Close-up view of a brown and white Hereford cow's eye

Weather forecaster draws heat from ranchers

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Weather Network “is open to learning” about the beef sector’s positive environmental impact following its controversial call for Canadians to eat less beef, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The CCA met with Weather Network officials after the forecaster posted a video on its website saying cattle “require about 20 times more land and they […] Read more

There is a lot of solid information to show consumers about the beef industry’s environmental footprint, but getting it to them is a challenge.

Beef sector redoubles its efforts to reach out to consumers

The goal is to use solid data and offer to the public in easy-to-digest ‘packages’

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new Beef Cattle Research Council article making the case that beef production uses water efficiently is the latest example of a renewed effort to reach out to consumers. The industry has recognized there is “a gap on the consumer communication side and somebody needed to do something,” said Reynold Bergen, the council’s science director. […] Read more

Canadians don’t necessarily need to know about how to raise cattle, but they do need to have trust in beef, says one industry representative.

As the gap widens, farmers urged to reach out to consumers

The ag sector is better at both documenting its stewardship 
and communicating — but more is needed

Reading Time: 6 minutes Ever noticed you don’t hear the phrase ‘rural-urban gap’ as much these days? A decade and a half ago, farmers and ranchers — realizing most Canadians were, at best, a couple of generations removed from farming — were reaching out to urbanites at events such as the Calgary Stampede or through programs such as Ag […] Read more