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…

“Take it to the farmer.” Why farmers’ voices are needed now more than ever

Isn’t it crazy that the more things change, the more they stay the same? The issues that were hot topics during the 1999 WTO riots - dubbed the “Battle of Seattle - are still very much the same issues we, as farmers, are working to overcome…

CBC Opinion: Family farm or corporation? I’m not ashamed to be both

It is getting more challenging for small farms to stay economically viable A family operation that's also a corporation Growing up in Fairlight, Sask., I had a love-hate relationship with our farm. It provided a good life and great memories…

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…

Focus on the Stanley Cup of International Trade and forget about being the MVP

I was recently invited to speak to the World Trade Organization’s SPS Delegation about the challenges and opportunities facing producers when it comes to international trade.  So, you’re probably asking what’s SPS? Sometimes that’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…

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.…

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…

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…

Deep Roots Foundation will support rural Saskatchewan communities

If you've heard me speak, then you know I'm passionate about rural life. I happen to think I have the greatest office there ever was - looking over the fields at our farm in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. As idyllic as it sounds, there are also challenges…

What’s my word of the year for 2022 (and 2023)?

If there is one thing Canadians learned in 2022, it was how important agriculture is to each and every one of us. First the pandemic, then the war in Ukraine and now a looming recession with the cost of everything, including our food, skyrocketing.…

RBC Disruptors Podcast: The Growing Challenge

Kristjan was a guest on the RBC Disruptors podcast, hosted by John Stackhouse. Here are links to the three-part series.   Part One - https://player.fm/series/disruptors/the-growing-challenge-how-canada-can-lead-the-next-green-revolution-in-agriculture   …