Reflections from #GrowCanada14

I can’t tell you how many times I heard someone exclaim ‘wow’ during the GrowCanada Conference. The passion for agriculture and the staunch belief that we will collectively be able to meet the world’s growing food demands – and do so in a way that is good for the environment – was palpable among the […]

From floppy disks to Twitter – Agriculture has gone social

In the 1990s the two-way radio was a vital part of my communication system on the farm. I would regularly call my wife on the radio and ask her to phone dealerships for parts or grain companies and truckers to coordinate hauling grain at harvest time. Busy raising our children and tired of being the […]

A trip to the World Food Prize offers a dose of inspiration

Innovation, intensification, inspiration – this was the message of Dr. Norman Borlaug, known as the father of the Green Revolution, an agricultural movement that saved billions of lives. In the 1960s Dr. Borlaug championed new high-yielding crop varieties as well as modern agricultural practices in India, Pakistan and Mexico. This revolutionized food production in those […]

Reflecting on agriculture’s evolution

Harvest has arrived on our farm in southeastern Saskatchewan. It’s a hectic time of year but tonight we pause to share a meal in the field. This yearly tradition makes me reflect on past years. Multiple generations of the family have gathered tonight as they have every year of my life, so the tradition of […]

Growers play important role in managing maximum residue limits

Growers play an important role in protecting the integrity of their crops and helping to maintain Canada’s reputation as a world-class agricultural food exporter. In a year like this when some crops across the country were late getting in the ground, there’s going to be increased pressure on growers to get their crops off the […]

Why not biotech in agriculture?

Each day there seems to be more and more discussion in various media outlets about biotechnology in agriculture. Those of us who work in agriculture need to counteract the question of “why biotech in agriculture?” with “why not biotech in agriculture? It is the natural progression!” Over countless centuries, the human race has focused on […]