Kimberley Amirault-Ryan used a recent presentation at FarmTech in Edmonton to explain the importance of building teams and relationships, using personal stories to show that anyone can persevere during difficult times. | Jeremy Simes photo

Team-building called critical for success

A sports psychologist shares stories from her time working with the New York Rangers and the Canadian Olympic team

Kimberley Amirault-Ryan remembers being on the phone with her mother when, all of a sudden, the people around her in New York began to panic. It was her first day in the city to work as a performance consultant for the New York Rangers. She asked her mom if she knew if anything was going […] Read more

FarmTech is organized by a planning committee made up of three representatives from each of the host groups: Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Barley/Alberta Wheat Commission, and the Alberta Seed Growers’ Association. | Robin Booker photo

The Western Producer Podcast – FarmTech18

The Western Producer sent two reporters, Robin Booker and Jeremy Simes, to cover FarmTech in Edmonton, Alberta, January 30 – February 1. The following podcast was recorded on location at FarmTech and it contains interviews with experts who presented at the show. 0:36 Cam Dahl, Cereal Canada 3:54 Lisa Nemeth, CIGI 4:48 Darrell Bricker, CEO […] Read more

Sean Linstead is in a good position to comment on what China wants when it comes to wheat. | Michael Raine photo

What does China want? Great hard red spring wheat

EDMONTON — China likes Canadian wheat, a lot. Sean Linstead is in a good position to comment on what China wants when it comes to wheat. As a Vancouver-based trader for of COFCO, the China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp., he sources wheat for the giant state buyer. And premium hard red spring wheat […] Read more


FarmTech 2016 from Edmonton

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The Healthy Grains Institute says consumption of cereal crops can reduce the risk of heart disease and other ailments. |  File photo

Grain industry mobilizes to debunk persistent anti-wheat claims

Promotional effort Healthy Grains Institute says more funds are required to educate public

EDMONTON — Farmers need to arm themselves with facts and defend their industry against bogus anti-wheat claims, said Christine Lowry, a nutrition and policy adviser with the Healthy Grains Institute. “We think having the farmer give the message may be the most acceptable way for the consumer to accept it,” she said. Industry associations established […] Read more


Hoppers expected this spring in Alberta

Grasshopper forecast | Saskatchewan, Manitoba predicted to have few troubles with grasshoppers this spring

EDMONTON — Saskatchewan and Manitoba look safe from grasshoppers this year, according to the 2012 forecast, but Alberta farmers need to beware. “Alberta gets to be the lucky contender with grasshoppers this year,” said Jennifer Otani, an Agriculture Canada entomologist. “The forecast in Alberta has pockets with severe populations, but that depends what happens in […] Read more