Why Ag needs more Kim McConnells…

I could start by listing off all of the accolades and awards that my good friend Kim McConnell has received over the years. And he’s 100% deserving of them.   Most recently, the Inspiring Business Leader Award from the Haskayne…

Hey Canada, this isn’t the time to be modest

You know me…always willing to call a spade a spade. I think we’ve missed the boat on what is perhaps the best and biggest agricultural news story for Saskatchewan, in fact Canada, so far this year. I’ve always said that Saskatchewan…

Choosing our words wisely – the impact of language in agriculture

Many groups and companies are working hard to promote agriculture and all the good that it does for our economy, food supply and environment. When communicating with others about our profession, I think we need to be careful with the words we…

GrainsWest: Carbon assets made easy

REPORTING AND VERIFICATION NETWORK NOW IN DEVELOPMENT March 5, 2024 BY ADELINE PANAMAROFF • PHOTO COURTESY OF CANZA The Canadian Alliance for Net-Zero Agri-Food (CANZA) recognizes the carbon credit market can potentially create agricultural…

CBC: How technology is helping grain farmers adapt to weather woes

Funding for farmers  - read the full article on CBC here. Farmers in B.C. and industry analysts say dramatic swings in weather are hampering grain and other crop yields at a time when farmers are leaving the sector, and the only way forward…

How will the next generation afford to farm?

I was chatting with some young producers on X (Twitter) recently about what is top of mind for them.  No surprise, it was the cost of getting started in farming.  We already have a huge problem in this country with getting young people…

Rural life can provide “the harvest of a lifetime”

Did you hear Lainey Wilson’s acceptance speech at the Grammy’s? It really struck me how proud she is of her rural and farming roots. I loved the way she compared farming to making music. Have a listen: I’ve been a big fan of Wilson’s,…

Back to basics: simple things on the farm that have a big impact

When we have visitors to the farm, whether it’s kids, vendors or other farmers, sometimes they surprise me. After I show them around the yard, the multiple John Deere tractors and huge grain and fertilizer storage bins, they seem to comment…

The Rural Entrepreneur Podcast

In this insightful episode,  Chris Herbert sits down with Kristjan Hebert, a leading figure in innovative agricultural entrepreneurship. The episode explores Kristjan's journey from managing a family farm to establishing Hebert Grain Ventures,…
Kristjan Hebert and Jean Charest at COP28 in Dubai

GFN: A Farmer’s View from COP28

Originally published on the Global Farmer Network on January 18, 2024. It takes a long time to get from my snowy farm in rural Saskatchewan to the sparkling city of Dubai. Canada and the United Arab Emirates are almost on opposite sides of…

Dubai climate conference – the epitome of first world problems

Have you ever tasted a $25 hot dog? It tasted like…a $9 hot dog at Mosaic Stadium.  Even as a delegate at COP28, the irony of a climate conference in one of the richest cities in the world wasn’t lost on me. The private jets, the…

COP28: Was it worth it?

I spent time over the holidays reflecting and reviewing my notes from COP28, trying to determine whether it was worth the investment of my time and money. And, to set the record straight, I did pay my own way - no part of my trip was funded…