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.…

Farming Facts vs Fiction: It’s our job to help consumers better understand the ag industry

I know consumers care about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. When buying food for your family, you want to know that it’s been ethically and responsibly grown and that it’s good for you. Consumers these days are asking more…
computer tablet in hand with grains of wheat in the other hand

Lack of rural internet and cellular connectivity jeopardizing growth of agriculture industry

During September, I spent almost every day in either a combine or sprayer. Like many farmers during harvest, I basically ran the business from my phone - assigning work orders, purchasing inputs, marketing grain, and making capital decisions. On…

The most valuable lessons I learned from Danny Klinefelter

This is Part Two of our series about the importance of having a mentor. You can read Part One here. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a hockey fan. I love to play it, watch it and now, I coach it. So, I love that my mentor and friend,…

Meet my mentor, Danny Klinefelter

Expand your mind, expand your network I was deeply saddened when I learned of Danny Klinefelter's passing last year. It hit me hard.  I joke that Danny unlocked parts of my brain that I didn’t know existed. His mentorship not only changed…
Canadian flag with hand holding Canadian soil

Canada has the potential to be a global superpower in agriculture…if we do things right

As we work towards our climate and production goals, the importance of agricultural policy can’t be overstated. And, if it isn’t done right, the consequences could be disastrous to Canadian farmers. I can deal with a bad year, a bad crop,…

What do hockey and farming have in common?

How we attract the next generation to play on our teams One of the constant struggles on the farm is finding and keeping good people. For too long, farm work has been considered menial, low paying work. In Saskatchewan, we lose many potential…

Policy changes needed to help Canadian farms remain financially competitive

I call myself a recovering accountant. I joke about it, but I do love numbers. Numbers don’t lie. As much as I have a soft spot for a family farm and building a legacy for my children, it always comes down to the financial statements.…

Hebert Group launches Farmer Coach

A recurring theme in many of my blog posts is collaboration. We are stronger together than we are alone. For too long, the mindset of farmers has been that they must go at it alone. We often refer to it as  “rugged individualism” - the…
Kristjan and his son in field at their farm in Moosomin, SK.

Telling the real story behind Canadian agriculture

It has been great to finally get back to in-person events. Recently, I was invited to speak at the Globe and Mail’s Sustainable Agriculture event about my vision of the farm of tomorrow. I’ve linked the presentation and the event videos…

Will carbon pricing mean an increase in farm income?

As the federal government gets ready to increase the carbon tax on April 1st, we are hearing a lot from Canadians, including farmers. And, rightly so. As farmers, we view the carbon tax as a direct hit to our bottom line. But, I’m not writing…

Running a successful farming operation: Myths vs Facts

I can't tell you how many times I've heard these sayings and phrases from people I meet while doing business, traveling and speaking at agriculture events in Canada and the U.S. We've heard them for so many years, some of us foolishly believe…