This Isn’t Your Grandpa’s Farm

FACT: My family farm produces enough food to feed 120 people every day. My grandpa's farm produced enough food to feed 10 people every day. This ISN'T my grandpa's farm. So why are today's farms able to produce that much more? Crop protection products and plant biotechnology tools are allowing farmers to produce more yield per... Continue Reading →

I’m NOT Just a Farmer

Several years ago I found myself browsing through coffee table books at a local bookstore looking for a book featuring Canadian Prairie photographs as a gift for some American friends. I came across a book titled, "It's Just Prairie." Flipping through the book I discovered beautiful photographs of my favourite place in the world -... Continue Reading →

Death and Taxes… and Food

According to Benjamin Franklin, the only two things certain in life are death and taxes. If that's true, when considering a future career, young people should probably opt for funeral director or accountant. But if working with the deceased and working with numbers don't appeal to you (and who can blame you), then what about... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Cereal

At a recent work event I introduced my boyfriend to a colleague whose title is Head of Cereals in North America. Later my boyfriend jokingly said, "Maybe he can get me some free cereal!" I laughed but the comment also made me think. Does the average consumer really know what cereals (cereal crops) are? Do... Continue Reading →

So, where do you work?

It's amazing how one simple question can ignite a lengthy conversation. This is exactly what happened to me earlier this week. While volunteering at the local food bank, something I do on a regular basis, a fellow volunteer whom I'd never met before started making small talk with me. For two hours we pack hampers... Continue Reading →

A Different Kind of Harvest

Last week I attended the annual Canadian Farm Writers Federation (CFWF) conference in my old stomping ground of Winnipeg. Friday was tour day. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. There was a chill in the air with a strong wind and periods of rain. But what can you expect? It's Manitoba! We bundled up and... Continue Reading →

9 billion by 2050

These numbers have been drilled into my head. They've been mentioned at every agriculture conference I have attended for the past few years. If you work in the ag industry you'll probably know what I'm referring to when I say these numbers. If not, I'll fill you in. The global population is expected to reach... Continue Reading →

Western Canada’s Other Oil Boom

There's an oil boom taking place across the Canadian Prairies but it's not what you think. A different kind of oil - an oilseed - is blooming throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. It's called canola. Canola is a western Canadian success story. The crop was bred at the University of Manitoba in the 1970s. This... Continue Reading →

My Friendly Manitoba Visit

You can't take the country out of the girl!  I may now live in one of Canada's largest cities, but I will always be a country girl. I love escaping the concrete jungle and venturing into the wide open spaces. And there's no better wide open spaces, in my opinion, than the Keystone province. Recently... Continue Reading →

AFWA Tour: Ag and Oil

Last week I escaped the concrete jungle of Calgary and explored a new part of the province. I ventured about 3.5 hours northwest to the Drayton Valley area for the two-day Alberta Farm Writers Association (AFWA) annual farm tour. For those of you who are familiar with the province of Alberta, I'm sure the first... Continue Reading →

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