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Are Higher Commodity Prices The “New Normal?”

Higher commodity prices might be the rule rather than the exception in the coming years, a Purdue University agricultural economist says. While prices regularly rise and fall, they have trended upward in a way that suggests they’ve reached a plateau, said Mike Boehlje. He attributed much of the price movement to bullish export markets, weather-shortened

Campaign Urges Province To “Put Communities First”

Municipalities plan a grassroots campaign this summer to make sure the needs of small towns and rural municipalities aren’t forgotten as candidates for the fall election start making election promises. All 197 local governments are asked to pass resolutions that lay out their specific infrastructure needs, with price tag attached and make other community groups

Group Promotes Canada’s Forgotten “Blue Water” Port

Early in The Second World War, Russian forces successfully fended off an attempt by Hitler’s armies to cut off the country’s crucial northern lifeline: the deep sea Port of Murmansk. A huge monument now stands over the harbour in recognition of the fanatical defenders and their battle to keep open a vital route bringing in

“To Operate As Needed” Is Not What’s Needed

Farm groups, commodity organizations and most ag checkoffs have spent 25 years and billions of dollars refining and repeating their modern message: American agriculture is a business and farmers and ranchers are business people. In the process, cowboys became beef producers and hog farmers became pork producers and a half-million or more of each became

“Rent A Kitchen” Idea Touted At Growing Local

Packing their own farm-grown flax into 1.6-kg pails for sales to local stores didn’t require a lot of processing infrastructure, but it did require some. That’s when St. Pierre farmer Murielle Bugera turned to her community’ a museum kitchen – a provincially inspected facility – to complete her packaging and labelling. It saved her money

Edible Bean “Desiccants” A Residue Challenge

Edible bean growers love their desiccants, and for good reason. The products let them dry their crops down and even them out prior to harvest, make the harvest operation much more manageable and even give a bit of a weed control boost. So what’s the problem? Residues in a word – likely something that’s being

Switching Over To Sheep “Doable,” Says Rancher

After 12 years in the equine-ranching business ended last spring, it didn’t take Steve Dryden and his brothers long to convert their operation over to sheep. He and his brothers Clay and Dave got busy retooling a 96-stall horse barn into an 800-head lamb feeder operation that saw its first intake of lambs arrive in

“ I – for Jan. 27, 2011

had someone ask me this week what my goals were for five years down the road. I gave it some careful thought and realized I probably did not have any goals past the next 24 hours. “So it made me think. Is this really a bad thing? Why get caught up in the future when

Counting The Birds‚ ‘Til Christmas (And Afterwards Too)

Atatimeofyearmost arehuddledindoors, orflockingtoshopping malls,afewhardysouls setouteagerlytovisitthe fieldsandwoods. They split up into small teams early in the day, travelling by car to scan the back roads for their quarry. Gathering at day’s end, they talk excitedly about what they saw, lament over what they didn’t, and tally their findings. There’s food and laughter and fellowship too. They