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Young farmers spurred by fundamental human reasons: study

Land access the No. 1 obstacle to starting or continuing farming

Land access the No. 1 obstacle to starting or continuing farming

Young farmers’ motivations to farm despite the obstacles they face are striking and important, says an author of a new study from the University of Manitoba. Researcher Annette Desmarais said she was glad, perhaps a bit surprised to see young farmers wanted to farm so they could spend time with family, be closer to nature, and feel

Erny and Bev Hladun of Shoal Lake put commercialism on the back burner
 at Christmas.

Home for the holidays

For this couple, Christmas is all about family togetherness and fun

Stepping into the home of Erny and Bev Hladun is like stepping into Christmas itself. Evergreen garlands trimmed with red bows grace every possible space, and the smell of Christmas baking is in the air. In front of the living room stands a Christmas tree covered in an eclectic mix of decorations collected throughout the


Grandparents are key to keeping their grandchildren safe on the farm.

Keep your grandchildren safe on the farm

Grandparents are a vital building block in creating a family safety culture

If you talk to any grandparent, they say that having children was wonderful, but having grandchildren is pure joy. There’s nothing better than having a grandchild throw their arms around your neck and whisper “I love you.” These young people are a farm’s future and a grandparent’s legacy. It’s important that grandparents understand their role

Talk to family, friends about farming

This holiday season Melodie Chan wants producers to avoid what she calls the “spiral of silence,” which can happen around the dinner table, over beers or even in the gentle lull between turkey and pie if farmers don’t speak up when they hear misinformation about agriculture. “What are we afraid of?” asked Chan, speaking at

Ten things farm moms really want

It would be fun for you to be a fly on the wall of my office when the calls from farm moms come in. They range in age from 33 to 93. Regardless of your age or stage as a farm mom, I bet there are things that you would like to be able to


Editorial: A farm Christmas

There’s something about the phrase “Christmas at the farm” that still captures the imagination. I see it every time I tell someone our holiday plans. They get a nostalgic look in their eyes even though some have never experienced it. It seems like everyone has a picture of what that would look and feel like

Beef 911: Rectal palpation versus ultrasound for pregnant cows

Both methods have advantages, but the key is having reproductive exams at least once a year

Both rectal palpation and ultrasounding for pregnancy have advantages depending on their intended application, and both require a skilled veterinarian performing the pregnancy exam to get accurate results. I will outline the pros and cons of each method so you can see how to best fit them into your farming operation, and dispel some myths

Small Popsicles For Small Kids

When making popsicles for the grandchildren, the regular size is usually so big most of it melts before the toddlers can finish them, with the juice dripping onto their clothing and creating stains. Try this instead: Prescription pill bottles (which most grandmas seem to acquire in abundance) have an insert in the lid to make


T – for Sep. 23, 2010

o the very end of his life, our father was a farmer. For Jerry, there was nothing else; no other calling had any more value, worth or meaning than farming. He was as rooted into the black soil that he farmed as were the crops that he raised year after year. For Jerry, farming wasn’t

Report Looks At Long-Distance Care Giving

More Canadians drive farther to care for aging relatives, says a new report documenting more missed work days and increased expenses of those thrust into role of caring for an elderly person living more than an hour’s drive away. Using data from the 2007 General Social Survey, the study found about 1.65 million people over