Posts from "February, 2011"

The BS of economics

Not sure where you might be buying gas this morning, but fuel prices in Calgary, yesterday, jumped to $1.12 to $1.14 per litre depending where you shop. That’s a nine or 10 cents per litre hike. I know there is a conflict happening in Libya, and I understand the importance of that. Along with having

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Beef marketing workshops

There will be six one-day workshops across Alberta in early March bringing together cow/calf producers to better understand the beef markets, to discuss insurance price programs, and to identify market opportunities. Cow-Calfenomics 2011–Strategies Moving Forward is a one-day workshop that looks at beef trends, explains some available tools for risk management, and helps cow/calf managers

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Early March events in southern Alberta

There are three meetings and workshops coming up in southern Alberta farmers should note. March 3, 2011 – The Southern Applied Research Association holds its annual meeting at Bully’s Grandstand, third floor, at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge. The meeting gets underway at 8:30 and runs until 11:30 am.  Agenda items include various SARA reports, a

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Coulda, woulda, shoulda

It seems there is a lot of good news concerning agricultural commodity prices these days. According to an article on Bloomberg.com, world stocks of grains are declining, and corn stocks are at their lowest point since 1974. The chances of any grain stock growing significantly after this summer season are remote, it adds. That should

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Adding bling

As companies vie for attention from visitors at farm machinery shows, every year there seems to be a little more bling. That notion first dawned on me when I walked through New Holland’s display at the 2009 Agritechnica event in Hannover, Germany. Due entirely to good luck, rather than good management, I happened to be

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Beware of a guy in a trench coat selling eggs

I saw on the news last night where Toronto is in a lockdown mode and may call in the military for assistance after someone found ungraded eggs at a grocery store. I am sure crisis counselors will be brought in to help distraught consumers cope. These eggs were so bad that some even had bits

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Sask Stockgrowers February/March meetings

The Saskatchewan Stockgrowers Association has four more zone annual meetings planned for mid-February through to mid-March. This week, Thursday Feb. 17, the Zone 7 annual meeting will be held at the Beechy Community Hall. The annual meeting gets underway at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Speakers on the program

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It is good no protest is needed

I just sent in a request to head office asking for the next two to three weeks off to protest. Still waiting on that answer. I am not sure what I will protest, but I am sure I can find some good cause – change of government, improved agricultural policy, more beef in Taco Time

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Do you have a favourite machine?

Over the last several weeks I’ve passed by a lot of new-machinery exhibits at shows and trade fairs. Looking at those displays really emphasizes just how impressive and diverse modern technology has become. But when talking to farmers or machinery enthusiasts, it often seems to be an older machine—usually a tractor—that really holds their respect.

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Just another happy day

Today in the world…snow storm of the century is barreling across the U.S. and into eastern Canada; waterlogged Australia is bracing for a typhoon of biblical proportions; some guy in B.C. thought it made sense to shoot and cut the throats of a 100 dogs because his boss told him to; Twitter continues to work

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