Planning is critical on the farm, from participating in programs to staffing and financial analysis. It can make it possible to better enjoy the lifestyle and the fun parts of the work.  |  Mike Raine photo

Strategic management can help weather the storm

Most non-farm businesses have a multitude of standard operating procedures. New employees are handed an orientation manual with set vacation days, and management plans execute a strategic direction for the business. The path to further growth is well understood and financial information is reported quarterly, if not monthly to stakeholders. Traditionally, family farms have been […] Read more

Discrimination is present in many parts of our world, being aware of it is a strong starting place for change.  |  file photo

We take care of our own, and that means everybody

We take care of our own. Musician Bruce Springsteen even wrote a song about it. Children aren’t born racist. My own experiences growing up support this. During my childhood, my mother worked with Indigenous populations. She would often bring us to summer barbecues with her students. My most vivid early memories of these events are […] Read more

Former academic takes no-nonsense approach to soil

I first met Les Henry in December 2018 at a conference where I unknowingly sat next to him and another gentleman. After listening to their conversation for several minutes I knew I wanted to be friends. I had read the well-known Henry’s Handbook of Soil and Water in university and often heard my dad spouting […] Read more

Countries can be food insecure even when supply exists. Canada, for example, is a country where food supply exists in abundance, which allows us to be the fifth largest exporter of agricultural and agrifood products in the world, yet more than four million Canadians are food insecure. | File photo

Food security more complex issue than we often acknowledge

Too often the term global food security is used to justify our existence as farmers. As an industry, we’ve named organizations, government departments and major marketing campaigns based around the term food security. What usually begins as frightening projections on global population growth urges us as farmers to produce more to feed a “growing global […] Read more

Katelyn Duncan of Regina sees the cab as a window through which the rest of the world can catch a view of agriculture, creating greater understanding of the industry.  |  Katelyn Duncan photo

There is value in inviting guests along for a ride in the combine

Harvest is an exciting time of year that is often enhanced by enthusiastic guests riding shotgun in the combine. My family’s farm seems to frequently have guests during harvest time due to our close proximity to the city. While at times it seems like a slight inconvenience to arrange for guests to be transported to […] Read more

While federalist models differ between governments, the current leadership seems to have entered a new phase of Canadian federalism, which gets especially tricky when it comes to environmental policy. 
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Canadian federalism and its impact on environmental policy

The topic of climate change has been front and centre as the fall election approaches and Trudeau federalism continues to be a mystery. Federalism, by definition, is the split in power between the central government as a whole and the local provincial governments. This means certain policies are executed at various levels including federal, provincial, […] Read more

Returning to the farm can be exciting but challenging

Editor’s note: We welcome a new columnist to the Western Producer this week. Katelyn Duncan is a younger farmer from the Regina area, farming on a century farm with her family. She is an agrologist, has worked for Saskatchewan Agriculture, headed up Saskatchewan Young Ag Entrepreneurs, been a field agrologist and crop adviser with Western […] Read more