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Talking about the best-case scenario for the business can foster optimism and enthusiasm.

Talking about farm finances

It’s not easy to talk about money, but it’s a necessary conversation for farming and ranching families

Communicating about difficult topics is something all of us struggle with, and one of those difficult topics is finances. Many studies cite finances as one of the top stressors in relationships. Those of us in agriculture are not immune to this challenge. “Emotion is definitely number one of the barriers to farmers talking about finances. […] Read more



Corey Bloder and Maxi Biederstadt met at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta.

Couple find love, learning at Lakeland College

Corey Bloder and Maxi Biederstadt credit their college experience with helping them dial in their farming operation

Corey Bloder and Maxi Biederstadt not only credit Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta., as the place where their romance blossomed, but also the place of incredible learning and networking. Bloder grew up on a mixed farm near Unity, Sask., with a focus on Simmental cattle. Biederstadt came from Edmonton and although she did not grow […] Read more

Ten-year-old Lincoln Graham dons a mask while showing at the Lloydminster Stockade Roundup. Show organizers decided to hold Roundup in person this past November, with protocols in place.

Livestock shows pivot to survive hard times

Several Canadian exhibitions adapt their programming to deal with the COVID-19, pandemic, though the future of the agriculture events sector remains uncertain

In its almost century-long history, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair had only been cancelled once before in a moment of adversity. Toronto’s famed exhibition was put on hold during the Second World War as army barracks were created in the Royal Horse Palace. Canadian soldiers about to ship out to Europe readied themselves in stables […] Read more


cattleman on a horse

CCA reports: Applications now open to CYL Mentorship program

From the February 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

If our experience navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything this past year, I believe that now more than ever, the investment in young people is vital for furthering the success of the Canadian beef industry. Our sector faces numerous challenges ranging from succession planning to consumer perceptions, access to financing and bankable […] Read more

Erik Nottveit, Arvid Nottveit’s son checking cattle at Tribar Ranching Co., located on the northern edge of Lake Manitoba. Changes to Manitoba’s Crown lease program are creating uncertainty for leaseholders.

Reforms to Manitoba’s Crown lands still frustrate leaseholders

Rent break and extending lease renewals to family transfers seen as positive moves by industry, but producers say issues still exist with new program

Agricultural Crown land leaseholders in 18 Manitoba municipalities that declared a state of agricultural disaster in 2019 will be given a one-time rent credit. However, some leaseholders say this won’t make much difference due to the rising rental rate introduced as one of the many reforms to the agricultural Crown land (ACL) lease program in […] Read more


Young woman is standing by a fence on a ranch with cattle in the distance

CCA reports: Supporting young producers through COVID and beyond

From the September 28, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It is safe to say that 2020 has been a challenging year due to uncertainties unleashed by the arrival of COVID-19 on Canadian soil. These unprecedented times have been difficult for cattle producers across Canada — especially our young producers. It has reaffirmed the importance of young producers having access to financing and affordable land […] Read more

Six generations of the Hines family have been involved in the Marwayne-area ranch over the last 100 years.

Ranching in northeastern Alberta

In 1918, the Hines family shipped over 800 head of Hereford to Kitscoty by rail, and they’ve been raising cattle in the Marwayne area ever since

The roots run long and deep for the Hines family of Marwayne, Alta. They have been ranching in the Marwayne area for over 100 years. Over that time the family has grown to include many that are well-known in the cattle industry. In 1906, Jim Hine’s grandfather, George (Judge), had come north from Montana to […] Read more


Author and farm journalist Alexis Kienlen

Farm journalist pens novel about BSE crisis

Conversations with beef producers inspired Alexis Kienlen to research BSE and write about its effect on a fictional ranching family.

As Alexis Kienlen found her stride as an agricultural reporter, one date kept cropping up in conversations with producers: May 20, 2003. That day, when officials publicly confirmed a case of BSE in an Alberta cow and borders slammed shut, was still raw for producers when Kienlen began writing for Alberta Farmer Express in 2008. […] Read more

CAAIN has allocated $15 million in its first open call for proposals, focusing on automation and digital technology that will help advance the agri-food sector and “demonstrate economic impact and value for Canada’s agri-food industry,” notes a media release from the group.

Talking succession planning with Annessa Good

As a young woman and the daughter of a well-known farm transition consultant, Good brings an interesting perspective to succession planning

[UPDATED: May 27, 2020] – Annessa Good refers to the transition process as a roller coaster ride and it is quite the ride, she says. If anyone should know, it is her. Not only is she a transition specialist in southern Alberta with Farm Credit Canada (FCC), but she is also the daughter of another well-known […] Read more