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Still hard for young to start farming

Still hard for young to start farming

The same problems that have held back young farmers for decades are still there

Darren Howden often hears how hard it is for young people to get into farming. But Farm Credit Canada’s senior vice-president of Prairie operations, heard the same lament in the 1980s when he was young farmer just starting out. “And it was the same answer,” he told the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ online annual meeting Jan.

Colin Penner with son Everett. 

Young farmers call for better rural childcare

Lack of care can make it hard to get work done — and presents safety hazards for kids and parents

Young Manitoba farmers have asked KAP to lobby for better rural access to childcare. “If I didn’t have that support from another family member then I’d be home and I couldn’t work,” said Sam Connery-Nichol, who seconded the resolution. “You can’t get a lot done with an eight-month-old wandering around, crawling,” she added. Connery-Nichol farms near Portage la Prairie with her


Troy Stozek and Michelle Schram of Fresh Roots Farm near Cartwright will be one of the first Manitoba mentors next year.

On the hunt for regenerative ag gurus

A previously Alberta-based apprenticeship program is breaking into Saskatchewan and Manitoba next year

The Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program wants to fill its roster for when it launches in Manitoba and Saskatchewan next year. Dana Penrice, Prairie program manager, says five Manitoba farms have signed on as mentors for the paid apprenticeship program. The program will be opening applications for those apprenticeship slots in the near future. Why it

drone pilot in cornfield

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

20-plus resources to help young farmers get started

20-plus resources to help young farmers get started

It’s not an easy business to enter, but rebates, scholarships, peer groups and training programs are out there to smooth the transition

Some might say there’s never been a harder time to be a young farmer—near-exorbitant land prices, unpredictable weather, international trade conflict, and now a pandemic. Thea Green is program manager at Keystone Agriculture Producers and coordinates KAP’s young farmer wing. Here, she shares 20-plus financial, educational and developmental resources to make life easier for young


Young farmers more stressed, less able to cope, study finds

Young farmers more stressed, less able to cope, study finds

Business planning and other management practices contribute to peace of mind, but younger farmers less likely to engage in these for several reasons

A recent study has shown that young farmers are more stressed than older ones — and less likely to be effective at dealing with that stress. “Have you ever heard a farmer say, ‘I have peace of mind’”? said Jake Ayre, a young farmer and second vice-president of Keystone Agriculture Producers (KAP). His tongue may

Janelle Gulka of Twin View Polled Herefords leads her favoured bred heifer, Harper, through competition during the 2019 Ag Ex in Brandon.

A ‘farm-her’ comes home to the family farm

Janelle Gulka is one of a growing number of young female farmers taking a leading role on her family's operation

It’s hard to miss the line of white faces underneath the sign, “Twin View Polled Herefords.” The farm’s stall takes up a full row of the Hereford section at Ag Ex 2019, set up in one of the main barns of Brandon’s Keystone Centre and now a hive of activity as the fair’s registered cattle

Harley Siemens at his farm site near Rosenort.

Young egg farmer an ambassador for agriculture

Faces of Ag: Harley Siemens invites people into his free-run facility so 
they can see how his hens live, and how they produce the eggs they eat


Harley Siemens is proud of his farm. It’s evident in the way he shows off every detail on a tour through the sparkling-clean layer barns, something he’s done many times. There’s good reason for that. The Siemens’ two free-run aviary barns, near Rosenort, were his brainchild. Before they broke ground in 2017, Harley crisscrossed the


Above: Mark demonstrates his egg-packing machine.

Young farmer learning ropes of egg sector

Mark Ronald entered the Manitoba Egg Farmers’ new-entrant quota lottery

Mark Ronald became an egg farmer almost in an instant. Mark was 18, and like most newly graduated students, was considering his career path. He’d worked on the family farm near Portage la Prairie since he was a teen but was also thinking about going into the trades or maybe the Canadian Armed Forces. In

Devin Pouteau with his trusty, Soviet-era Belarus tractor on his farm near Sanford.

Sanford farmer finds happiness by switching fields

Young Farmers: Devin Pouteau chose cattle over a career in chemistry

Devin Pouteau was lining up for a career in the sciences when he heard the farm call. Devin, now 23, hadn’t planned to farm. He grew up on a mixed crop and cattle farm near Sanford and did his time driving the combine, but throughout high school he’d planned to pursue a career in chemistry.