The paramedics who work at STARS air ambulance in Western Canada get prepared for the ATV season.
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STARS air ambulance expects ATV calls

When the weather gets warmer in May and June, many Canadians shift their attention to golfing or start planning their first fishing trip of the season. For the paramedics who work at STARS air ambulance in Western Canada, they get prepared for the ATV season. “As soon as summer and fall hits, you think ATV […] Read more

“It’s hard to get too negative on barley when you have corn prices as high as they are,” said MarketsFarm analyst Bruce Burnett. | File photo

Expensive corn to keep feed barley prices high

Some feedgrain prices are dropping due to mounting supplies, but barley is holding up just fine, says an analyst. “It’s hard to get too negative on barley when you have corn prices as high as they are,” said MarketsFarm analyst Bruce Burnett. The December corn futures contract was trading at US$5.39 per bushel as of […] Read more

AgH2Onward is free and requires two hours on each of two days to complete. | Screencap via agh2onward.ca

Drainage workshop offered in Sask.

Saskatchewan farmers who want to better manage water on their land are encouraged to take a new online workshop on the process of gaining approval and building their projects. AgH2Onward is free and requires two hours on each of two days to complete. Julie MacKenzie, part of the development team, said farmers will increasingly be […] Read more


Last week Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of the environment and climate change, announced Canada’s support for the Global Methane Pledge, which aims to reduce global methane emissions by 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030. | File photo

Methane pledge’s effect on cattle sector uncertain

Canada has committed to reduce methane emissions by 30 percent, but it’s unclear if the country’s cattle sector will have to meet that target. Last week Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of the environment and climate change, announced Canada’s support for the Global Methane Pledge, which aims to reduce global methane emissions by 30 percent below 2020 […] Read more

Growers are facing a range of challenges from sourcing mechanical parts and seeds to rising input costs associated with an increase in energy prices. 
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Alberta producers ask for more provincial assistance

Alberta growers are asking the provincial government to recognize the extraordinary circumstances faced by farmers this year, which may already be affecting next year’s planting decisions. In a memo sent to Alberta Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen in September, the heads of the province’s barley, canola, pulse and wheat grower organizations asked the government for several […] Read more


Farmers have been waiting a long time to find out how much they will be compensated for the grain they delivered to the plant and it appears there will be further delays as the CGC awaits a court decision on matters pertaining to the receivership. | Screencap via wagrain.ca

Grain company compensation tied up in court

Producers face security shortfall at W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions, but grain commission waits for receivership ruling

The 140 farmers awaiting payment from the receivership of W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions are likely going to be disappointed. “At this time it appears that the security held by the grain company will be insufficient to provide all eligible claimants with 100 percent compensation,” said Canadian Grain Commission spokesperson Remi Gosselin. The company was […] Read more

Financial planners say clients were happy to participate from the comfort of their home after COVID-19 halted their in-person farm retirement and succession planning presentations and seminars. | Getty Images

Retirement seminars forced online

Sask. financial planning company doesn’t think society will go back to a time when ‘everyone travelled for everything’

You shouldn’t let a good disaster go to waste, jokes Don Tofin. “With a good disaster there are always opportunities,” said Tofin, managing partner of The Retiring Farmer. When COVID-19 halted its in-person farm retirement and succession planning presentations and seminars, the Saskatchewan company moved online and gained followers from across Canada. Clients were happy […] Read more

Realtors recommend carving an acreage out of an already treed area of the farm rather than building a new acreage on an area without trees. | File photo

Turning farmland into acreages can be risky

Subdividing a quarter section might be profitable but can also bring new neighbours who may object to commonly used farming practices


Splitting off acreages from a quarter section of land to help fund retirement may be financially appealing, but it also comes with risks, said a real estate agent from Camrose, Alta. The new acreage may bring $150,00 to $200,000, but the new neighbour may object to future activities on your land, especially livestock production, said […] Read more


The agricultural industry still doesn’t know for sure what the final rules of Bill C-209 will look like, but a tax expert says its intent — to smooth the farm transition between families — is clear. | Getty Images

Farmers eye farm transfer bill implementation

Parliament passed legislation earlier this year that will make it easier for producers to transfer farms to their children

A bill to smooth the transition and reduce taxes for the intergenerational transfer of farms received final approval in June, but farmers, farm leaders and tax accountants are still unsure what the final rules will look like. Bill C-208, introduced by Conservative MP Larry Maguire, was designed to allow family members the same tax treatment […] Read more

Farm tax write-offs make it more difficult for many farm couples to plan a post-farm life budget without them. | Getty Images

Cost of living key when calculating retirement expenses

Farm Credit Canada has noticed that more than half of its clients don’t know how much money they will need to retire

What may seem like a reluctance to retire and let the next generation step into the farm may sometimes be uncertainty of the unknown, said a retirement adviser. After talking to thousands of clients across the country, Patti Durand said she and her Farm Credit Canada colleagues have seen a trend emerge. More than half […] Read more