Greenhouse owner in spotlight

HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta. — Christie Pollack’s enthusiasm for her business and her community is infectious. It has “infected” three other businesses in this northwestern Alberta town to the point where they plan to launch the Discover Our Spaces website Nov. 1. It will feature products from Christie’s Gardens and Greenhouses, Magpie Bait (fashion accessories), Kitchen […] Read more

Facebook, YouTube put farming on the map

LONDON, Ont. — Presenting a genuine image of today’s modern agriculture is of paramount importance to Andrew Campbell and Greg Peterson. Campbell has been posting daily cellphone photographs on FaceBook from his dairy farm near London, Ont., while Peterson, together with siblings Nathan, Kendall and Laura, have been releasing parody musical videos on YouTube from […] Read more

Celebrity’s anti-meat rant highlights power of social media

If Canadian beef and dairy producers want to know what they’re up against when it comes to public perceptions, a good place to start is Jillian Harris, who grew up in Peace River, Alta., became famous when she starred as the bachelorette on the popular TV show, The Bachelorette. She now stars on the […] Read more

Some thoughtful comments on the controversial Bill 6

The outcry over the Alberta government’s proposals to change farm labour standards continues to rile our readers online. However, the knee-jerk reactions that were so prominent when Bill 6 was first introduced have given way to more reasoned thought. A reader named Paul writes: “(I) was able to attend the meeting held in Bassano. One […] Read more

Farmer-built robot tractor catches readers’ attention

Every once in a while you just know a story is going to be well received. Such was the case when I received an email from WP managing editor Michael Raine a couple weeks ago. Raine is normally a pretty cool customer, part and parcel — I imagine — of the many responsibilities he shoulders […] Read more

Mommy blogger aims to dispel myths, answer questions about farming

After five active years on social media, Sarah Schultz is becoming a woman of influence advocating for agriculture. Her Nurse Loves Farmer blog,, is gaining momentum as she goes to bat for genetically modified crops, defends wheat as part of a healthy diet and takes on big corporations like Starbucks and A&W restaurants. All […] Read more

Farmer driven by fun, fitness

Adam Fullerton always liked making goofy videos while farming, but he never thought they would become a social media hit. Fullerton, the creator of Tractor Fitness from Lacadena, Sask., started making videos during seeding last year after getting the “seeding crazies.” “Everyone gets the same feeling in the tractor eventually, the feeling of ‘you want […] Read more

Producer expands its online reach

Most of us have heard that the media is undergoing a game changing transformation. It comes to us as a no-brainer because this message was delivered to most of us digitally, on devices that have a level of computing power that would have taken entire rooms to house only a few decades ago. I was […] Read more

Handle social media with care: expert

GLENLEA, Man. — Farm businesses have practical difficulties using leading social media tools, including having bad internet access. But they also run risks of social media becoming unsociable to them if they don’t use it right, local experts told farmers and agriculture people at a workshop. “You put up a Facebook page and ignore it […] Read more

Online initiative gets folks talking

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invite guest hosts to tweet about their work

Farrowing technician Kendra Leslie tweeted a flurry of cute pig pictures as her last official job as guest host of the Farmers of Canada twitter site. Tweeting pictures of newborn piglets, studly boars, relaxed mothers and a group of weaners heading down the hall was Leslie’s way of helping the public learn more about the […] Read more