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…

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…

Canada’s farmers pay the price of carbon tax debacle

As I watch what's been happening in the Senate recently with Bill C234, I become increasingly frustrated with our political system and how Canada’s farmers have become caught in the crossfire of a ridiculous political debate once again. Ridiculous…

Balancing act: optimism and realism needed when it comes to agriculture carbon credits

I’m an optimist, but I’m also a realist - and both are important when we discuss generating and actually getting paid for quality carbon credits in agriculture.  I recently returned from the official launch of CANZA in Toronto.  If…

Why agriculture needs to support programs like Ag in the Classroom, sooner rather than later

If there’s one thing the digital world has done it’s make the world a smaller place. Our kids have access to so much information and opportunities, you’ve got to ask - why would they choose a career in agriculture? I think we, as an…

Small towns, big hearts: the power of rural communities

A few weeks ago, we had some tools stolen from one of our service vehicles at the farm in Fairlight. Knowing it is harvest time, with lots of equipment being moved around, some opportunistic thieves decided to walk away with about $5,000 worth…
Lots of kids from Wawota School visiting HGV, standing on equipment

How can we deepen the roots of agriculture education?

As the kids head back to class, our leadership team at Hebert Grain Ventures is revisiting one of our priority areas for 2023 - education. We’ve been supporting local high school students through our Deep Roots scholarships at five Saskatchewan…

Delegation dilemma: When your name is on the sign, how involved should you be?

We recently held our summer staff party and I showed up to the event not having a clue what we’d planned for the day, but knew it was going to be great. And it was. It’s one of many projects and responsibilities on the farm that I’ve learned…

Is Canada a reliable trading partner? Vancouver Port troubles hurt our reputation

The recent strike at the Port of Vancouver highlighted issues at Canada’s busiest port but, let’s be honest, there have been big problems at the Port of Vancouver for a long time. While the on-again, off-again strike captures the current…

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…