Entries by Kristjan Hebert

Why I mentor promising agtech startups (and you should too)

The future of agriculture depends on innovation. That’s why I get excited every time Cultivator launches a new cohort of companies. This week I’ll be in Regina for AGTECH ACCELERATOR‘s Finale Week and the first-ever Global Agtech Summit. AGTECH ACCELERATOR is a venture-backed program designed to help top early-stage agtech companies scale globally. Together in […]

New scholarship program launches for agriculture students at Olds College

Hebert Grain Ventures (HGV) has announced a new recurring scholarship program for agriculture students attending Olds College of Agriculture & Technology. The Saskatchewan-based grain farm will be giving four entrance scholarships, valued each at $1,000, this fall. In addition, two of the four students will be selected for a paid summer 2024 internship at HGV’s […]

Old MacDonald doesn’t exist – he went bankrupt

I find it interesting that the term “large farm” is seen as a dirty phrase in many agriculture circles. The “big guys” are taking over, buying up land, and putting the small “family” farms out of business. Wait a minute…we run a large prosperous family farm that employs 15 people and gives back to our […]

Dear Justin, the welcome mat is always down

Like many, I was surprised to learn that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited our province on January 16th and, reportedly, didn’t let our Premier know. I was also dismayed to learn he had no interest in visiting a farm or talking about agriculture. I know he’s busy, and these itineraries are jam-packed, down to the […]

How do we send a unified voice to Ottawa?

Love them or hate them, grower groups exist in Canada to represent all kinds of primary producers. In fact, there are so many of them, I lose track – from provincial groups and national groups to sector and crop-specific groups. At HGV, we pay significant amounts in check-off dollars to many of these organizations. Don’t […]

Farming Facts vs Fiction: Part Two

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know I’m passionate about the importance of farmers telling our own story. If we don’t, someone else will tell it for us and I’m not ok with that. To that end, I take every opportunity to chat with people and answer their questions about agriculture, […]