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Good Neighbour Farms – Vive la diversification!

  Purple Daze Lavender Farm is an oasis of calm compared to that of Jason Ryder, a young neighbour who farms just south of Delhi, a few kilometers to the east. His 140 acres of green onions make him one of the largest producers of that crop in the country, but...

Improve Your Farm’s Financial Success

Using a trusted farm business advisor or a team of advisors can help a farm reach greater financial success. “The Dollar$ and Sense – Measuring the Tangible Impacts of Beneficial Business Practice on Canadian Farms study shows that number three on the list of top farm...

Write a commodity marketing strategy for your farm

Only about 25 per cent of Manitoba farmers have a commodity marketing strategy in place for 2015.  It’s important to remember that it’s never too late to get started, because good planning is key to successful commodity marketing. Here are...

A show of faith

It’s a conversation Kerry and Lynn Davison will never forget. “Our daughter Jenna had been working for three years for a company that did integrated pest management,” recalls Kerry Davison. “One day, she came to Lynn and I and said, ‘I don’t think I want to do this...

Hard-won wisdom

Sean McGrath started his ranching career with a weather wreck – and that’s about as good as his luck got for several years. “We had a tremendous drought in 2002, and since we background our calves, that meant we had sold them when BSE hit in May 2003,” recalls the...

Inspired to Greatness

They were everyday topics of conversation – feedback and words of encouragement, and sometimes a recommendation to contact this or that person. But they were key moments in the story of how a small, out-of-the-way farm grew to be Québec’s largest organic meat...