Burlington Pig Case Shows It’s Worth Planning to Encounter Activists

It’s an unusual case. Then again, it was an unusual incident. Most involving attention-seeking animal rights activists are. If you haven’t been following the case of an animal rights activist in Ontario giving water to a pig destined for slaughter, you’ve missed out on something that should shock you back to a changing world, far… Read more »

Pain Mitigation: Just One More Way to Show Producers Care

For some ranchers procedures like dehorning/disbudding, castration and branding are necessary evils of the job. But necessity doesn’t make the work any easier. In an effort to improve animal welfare, and to respond to consumer concerns, the beef industry is addressing procedures like these with pain mitigation, and improved genetics. The Code of Practice for the Care… Read more »

Coyote Flats: Celebrating the Heritage of the Prairies

Agriculture has a very rich tradition that involves adversity and hardship. Today we view adversity as a dip in the futures market or the air conditioning suddenly breaking down. But the adversity faced by the pioneers is like nothing we experience today. It was mentally and physically exhausting; there was no infrastructure, just a vision and… Read more »

Canola School Receives Three Year Partnership Renewal

(Picture Butte, AB) August 24, 2016 – RealAgriculture is excited to announce a three year renewal of the Canola School partnership with Alberta Canola, Sask Canola and Manitoba Canola Growers. This builds on the previous three-year agreement between the four partners. Canola School is an online agronomic educational series that assists growers in achieving higher… Read more »

U.S. Election Tops Concerns for the Canadian Economy: BMO’s Chief Economist

Anti-trade messages from both U.S. presidential candidates are undoubtedly troubling for the future of the Canadian economy, especially in export-oriented sectors like agriculture. “That to me would be the number one concern when we look over the next six months — what happens in the U.S. election and what happens afterwards,” said Douglas Porter, chief economist… Read more »