Playing by the rules

Maybe you’re old enough to remember when Detroit automakers sent out their first cars with pollution control systems in the early 1970s. The car companies were forced to reduce tailpipe emissions and the car-buying public didn’t exactly meet those first, rather complex systems with overwhelming approval. The first thing many owners did after getting their

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A closer look at some good news stories

BY LEE HART Three supposedly “good news” stories to report on today: 1. Health Canada has approved ground beef for irradiation; 2. Research shows eating saturated fats such as butter and well marbled meat may not be bad for your heart, and; 3. NASA has found seven earth-sized planets that may support life. ABOUT IRRADIATION

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Getting a lift

So far, North American farmers haven’t really taken to the telehandler the way their European cousins have. There’s no question farmers over there have a real passion for these machines. Of course, some of the operations European farmers need them for aren’t common here.   For example, most Canadian farmers, especially on the prairies, usually

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Banff bison are back, but…

I really didn’t get any warm fuzzy feeling with news in recent days that Parks Canada has reintroduced bison to Banff National Park. There was some newsworthy fanfare that after 140 years absence (of free roaming bison) and after it sounds like considerable planning, park officials released 16 head of bison in a remote area

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The broader view

With all the kafuffle going on south of the border in the last little while involving, well, turbulent actions coming out of the Whitehouse, I’ve been consuming a lot of online news. Not from Twitter or Facebook, although I’ve looked at some comments there as well, but from mainstream news sources in several countries. I

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It’s the little things

Every farm show seems to have its own character, from the smallest regional one to the mega event Agritechnica that happens ever second year in Germany. As it happens, Agritechnica will open its doors to the public again this November for what I’m sure will be another spectacular event.   It’s a mammoth show that

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Does this mean war?

Even if you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, you’re likely aware of the controversy over trade U.S. president-elect Trump has created with his promises during the election campaign and his tweets since. Adopting a protectionist stance, he has promised to walk away from trade deals and impose new tariffs on imports.

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Expected the unexpected in agriculture

  Ranchers in parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan dealing with TB quarantines on cattle — some strain from Mexico, where did that come from? How did that get into some 100-year-old herds? Further north, farmers in central and northern Alberta and Saskatchewan are looking at anywhere from 10 to 30 per cent of crops out

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