Posts from "October, 2015"

It’s show time

The bi-annual flood of press releases from equipment companies proudly announcing their new ideas for farm machines, some market ready, some not, are starting to fill my email inbox. Why the sudden influx? Simple. Agritechnica, the world’s largest farm machinery show, will kick off in Hannover Germany in a couple of weeks. Agritechnica, which is

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Life happens and it can be cruel

I certainly can’t and I hope many other people can’t really imagine what Roger and Bonita Bott of central Alberta are dealing with right now as they prepare to bury three of their kids Friday at a funeral service in Red Deer. Their three daughters, Catie, 13, and twins Dara and Jana, 11 died about a week ago from

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Now we can get back to talking about Liberal weeds

It is the honest truth, the first thing I saw this morning when I walked in my office was this photo from 100 years ago of me interviewing federal Conservative party leader Robert Stanfield during a campaign swing through Cranbrook, B.C. — and I am guessing it was 1974. Bob didn’t win that year either. (Just

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Crowning a king

One of the biggest friendly rivalries between farm boys is about which brand of pickup truck reigns supreme. Check the rear windows of pickups around town and you’ll see all kinds of graphics that let you know what that truck owner thinks of competitive models, like an image of the cartoon Calvin character doing something

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Great day for a Hereford sale

Nothing kick starts the Thanksgiving holiday weekend like a good Hereford cattle production sale. I was out touring the country last Saturday with brother-in-law Joe — first a stop at Princess Auto, an amazing store that always has a fantastic stock of things I need, even though I didn’t know that walking in the door, then

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GM and Navistar team up

In simultaneous announcements, both General Motors and Navistar (the parent company of International-brand trucks) announced this week that they’ve been secretly courting each other; and they intend to get together formally, albeit in a limited way, to create a pair of new Class 4 and 5 medium-duty trucks that will wear GM badges. That will

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