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Inoculants to encourage pulse crops to nodulate are a familiar form of biological product.

Biologicals in agriculture: what’s old is new (and improved)

Farmers have a centuries-long tradition of using biologicals whether they called it that or not

The term ‘agricultural biologicals’ conjures up images of white lab coats and test tubes. But the practice itself — deriving benefits from naturally occurring micro-organisms — predates the scientific method itself. Centuries ago, long before they knew anything about rhizobia or nitrogen fixing, farmers were reaping the benefits of the process by rotating legumes in

Alastair Handley, president of Radicle.

No getting off the carbon reduction train

Farmers might be able to sway government but Mr. Market is speaking loud and clear

Climate change initiatives such as carbon taxes might elicit a lot of negativity in the Canadian agriculture sector. But ignoring them could also mean ignoring big opportunities, according to Alastair Handley, president of Radicle (formerly Carbon Credit Solutions). He’s been involved in carbon markets since 2007, when he started developing a system for Alberta farmers


Opportunities for plant proteins await

Plant proteins have a big role to play as Canada positions itself for the future of agri-food

There’s a market out there for the taking for Prairie producers. That was the message Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada shared with the Farm Forum Event earlier this winter. He told the virtual event that agriculture in Western Canada has a lot going for it — innovative producers, a supportive research and development

The long shadow of the 1930s dust bowl may have resulted in an inaccurate assessment of wind erosion risk.

Soil erosion concerns overblown?

Academic says soil loss to wind erosion isn’t backed up by data

David Lobb has spent much of the last year challenging long-established beliefs about wind erosion. The University of Manitoba soil science professor and his team recently completed a study of the historical and contemporary evidence of wind erosion on the Prairies and the findings run counter to deeply rooted assumptions about wind erosion that have

Black Fox Farms, near Saskatoon, Sask.

Small distillery, big satisfaction

From a grain farm to producing spirits, this Sask. couple has enjoyed the journey

The owners of Black Fox Farms & Distillery never expected to find themselves where they are today. Barb Stefanyshyn-Coté and her husband John Coté were both third-generation farmers. They were born and raised on farms and they met at agriculture college. After they got married, they went back to farming and raised four children on


Stan Blade at a grain elevator in Leduc, Alta., discussing the future of logistics in agriculture.

Expect the unexpected

Farmers and the agriculture industry will need to be ready for a lot of change to be thrown their way

Stan Blade took to the Farm Forum Event virtual stage in mid-November to fight a few farming clichés. The dean of the faculty of agricultural life and environmental sciences at the University of Alberta took advantage of the format to pre-record his presentation, “Whatever You Think You Know About Agriculture — the Future Will Not

Advancing Women conferences join Glacier FarmMedia

Agricultural publisher Glacier FarmMedia is expanding its events division at both ends of the country with a major networking event for women in agriculture and agribusiness. The Winnipeg publishing house, which owns and operates this website, announced Thursday it acquired the two Advancing Women in Agriculture Conferences (AWC) — and has hired AWC’s founder, conference

Myth busting precision agriculture

Cory Willness’s presentation at Farm Forum Event unravelled 10 common myths 
in the emerging precision ag sector

“Precision Ag” is a very common term in today’s agriculture sector, but it can mean different things to different people. New sensors, software, and shiny toys can seem like a must-buy at first, but some producers are suggesting that old-fashioned logic might be the best tool for consistent yields and steady profits. “Right now there’s


Farm Forum Event under new management

The company behind Canada’s two biggest outdoor farm shows is expanding to the great indoors as the new operator of another well known Canadian farm industry event. Glacier FarmMedia announced Monday it has acquired and will assume management of the Farm Forum Event, an annual professional development event for farmers, starting with its 20th anniversary