Women In Ag: Changing The Face Of Farming

Based on the 2016 agriculture census from Stats Canada, the proportion of female farmers is increasing even as the total number of farm operators decreases. In fact, women make up 28.7% of the 272,000 farmers in the country. Yet while more women are working hard on the land, sometimes they also have to work equally as hard to dispel public …

Fourth-Generation Farmer Not Afraid to Get His Hands Dirty

As the co-owner of a 15,000-acre farming operation in Wessington, South Dakota, B.J. McNeil can often be found in his office making strategic plans for the farm. But like any good farmer, he’s no stranger to having his boots on the ground – even with six full-time employees. “Often when something breaks down I’m the one that gets out there …

Saskatchewan Farmer Loves Living Farm Legacy In Spite of Challenges

Dean Degelman’s farm in Odessa, a village in southeast Saskatchewan, has been in his family for six generations. And in today’s increasingly challenging climate for small farm businesses in Canada, he feels extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to become part of the family farm operations approximately 20 years ago. “Even when I started, the only way a person …

SEED SMARTS: PRODUCER GROWING PAINS FOR GROWING PULSES

As part of our monthly blog series, Seed Smarts, we sat down with Doug Yeager to ask some candid questions about his farm. Doug Yeager has been farming his whole life, running his own operation since 2003, but eight years ago he was faced with a completely new challenge – growing pulses. Based in Choteau, Montana (about 50 miles northwest of …

SEED SMARTS: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ON MY FARM

Dutch sat down with Robert Thompson to ask some candid questions about his farm.  Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Last season, Robert Thompson’s fields were hit hard by lodging, particularly in his barley crop. While there was some hail in his area, this main culprit for the lodging was a crop with too much foliage. …