Posts from "March, 2011"

The American GPS controversy

Have you heard about the dust up south the border concerning GPS? The U.S. FCC has given conditional approval for a company called LightSquared to begin establishing a 4G wireless broadband network in that country. Reportedly, the company plans to use a satellite combined with a network of 40,000 ground transmitters to provide service. The

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A final word on wetland management — Gumboots

With snow persisting across much of southern prairies this week, probably the last thing farmers want to read about is wetland management. If ducks can’t find a prairie pothole to nest beside this year, they shouldn’t be out there reproducing anyway. I suspect for many, the challenge will be to find a dry spot to

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We’re customer driven

If you’ve been paying attention to what farm equipment manufacturers are currently saying about their machines in the media, you’ve noticed a few new catchphrases repeatedly popping up. And after spending more than my share of time touring display booths at major machinery shows this winter, I’ve heard those same phrases coming from the marketing

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Another day of raking in the awards

Arrived home yesterday from the two-day Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) meeting in Banff, where I was made an honorary member. Not sure if they are trying to “buy” the media with this award, but I can’t be bought. However, I can be rented at a very nominal rate. So feed me lunch and give

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The world is watching

I was just reading the Vancouver Humane Society newsletter which announced its Raising the Barn awareness program (www.raisingthebarn.ca) aimed in part at getting consumers to stop or at least reduce meat consumption. The campaign focuses on pretty well every type of meat production — beef, chicken, pigs — and is pushing for five freedoms in

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My new sure-fire formula for career development

I work for the most inane, whiney, inarticulate, editor who can barely put two words together, and doesn’t have a clue about agriculture (have you seen her pathetic excuse for a garden), and keeps everyone guessing on her true hair color and on top of that I craft these near-genius and compelling articles that generate

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Owning it

Have you ever walked into a business and been ignored by clerks who wouldn’t break up a personal conversation long enough to answer one of your questions? That can be pretty frustrating. On the other hand when you find someone who puts a full 100 per cent effort into their job, dealing with them is

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