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A speaker at the recent CropConnect conference in Winnipeg says one changing demographic isn’t getting enough attention.

Editorial: Feeding a hungry world? Yes, but…

A senior executive of the largest social research company in the world is cutting a wide swath through the rhetoric pushing farmers to keep ramping up production to feed a hungry world. “It’s all nonsense,” Darrell Bricker told the farmers attending CropConnect 2020 in Winnipeg. The CEO of IPSOS public affairs has written two books

Editor’s Take: Food as a weapon

It’s hard to imagine how the heartbreaking loss of lives in a jetliner crash could translate into a bacon boycott, but welcome to the wild and wacky world of food politics. The reaction when Michael McCain, the CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, took to Twitter to say what a lot of Canadians were feeling after



Investing in increasingly larger equipment to cover ever-expanding acreages might have run its course in Prairie agriculture.

Scaling up precision decision-making could shrink Prairie fields

Equipment designed for large uniform fields is poorly suited to variable-rate applications to zones within a field

When Terry Aberhart scans the Prairie horizon for ways precision technology can make his family’s Saskatchewan farm more profitable, he sees something big and cumbersome blocking his view. “One of the biggest challenges we have is the size of our equipment,” the award-winning agronomy coach and founder of the consulting firm Sure Growth Technologies said.



There are a handful of fatalities every year because parents didn’t find that safe balance between the necessities of work and childcare — plus their desire to inspire.

Comment: Combining work, life and farm safety

Keeping kids safe on the farm is a complex balance

It’s a story that’s sending a collective shudder through the farming community — and a powerful message. A four-year-old boy died of head injuries last year after he fell out of the skid-steer bucket he was riding in with his brother while their father was using it to move wood chips on their Ontario farm.

Clubroot affects all cruciferous plants – not just canola (seen here) – which includes brassica oilseeds such as mustard.

Organic farmers don’t get a pass on clubroot

Clubroot can also infect mustard, radish and other brassicas

Organic farmers are mistaken if they think they will be spared from the clubroot infestation making its way across the Prairies because they don’t grow canola, a crops extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture says. Brent Flaten warned growers attending the SaskOrganics annual conference March 29 the disease affects all cruciferous plants, and that includes brassica

Opinion: Liability hampers autonomous ag

For farmer and inventor Brian Tischler, the question isn’t whether autonomous tractors are cool, possible, or useful — it’s how to overcome the liability risk. Tischler told farmers attending CropConnect in Winnipeg recently it’s possible to build your own self-driving vehicle for around $1,000. He’s done it. That’s made the Manville, Alberta farmer a popular


Editorial: The changing faces of agriculture

Roaming the hallways and meeting rooms of this week’s CropConnect conference in Winnipeg offered an interesting snapshot of the state of farming in this province. Kudos to the organizers: the two-day conference put on by a consortium of nine commodity groups has proven itself a success on numerous fronts. With all the commodity groups out

Editorial: Meeting in the middle

Health Canada has delivered some reassuring news for people worried about glyphosate in their food and the environment in the wake of some of the controversial reports and court rulings last year. The much-publicized jury ruling in favour of a California plaintiff claiming long-term exposure to the weed killer caused his cancer, has touched off