What’s holding Canada back? Part Two

We're not the only ones. It isn't just the agriculture industry that is frustrated with Canada's productivity crisis. Many sectors within our natural resources industry feel we are not capitalizing on opportunities where Canada can lead. Collectively,…

Canada is the best country to feed and fuel the world…Part One

Earlier this spring the Bank of Canada sounded the alarm that Canada is having a “productivity emergency.” Sluggish economic growth and stagnant productivity are leading to the weakest GDP growth we’ve seen in decades. Per capita GDP…

We worked less and accomplished more – new approach maximizes our productivity

We learn a few more lessons every year we put in a crop. And, this year was no exception. Seeding 41,500 acres in 21 days (28 days including rain delays) is a monumental effort that can only be accomplished with a great team and a meticulous…

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…

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…

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…