Lee Hart

Lee Hart

Lee Hart is a long-time farm writer, and honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, with many observations on the agriculture industry, who never hesitates to admit he is wrong (should that ever happen.)


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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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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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Amazing agri-prize offered for 100-bushel canola crop

If you think you can do a great job of growing canola and are interested in a prize worth close a million dollars you’ll want to sign up for the recently announced Agri-prize Contest challenging Western Canadian and northern U.S. farmers to break the record on canola production. The Agri-prize Contest announced at Western Canada’s

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DuPont Pioneer opens corn research centre near Lethbridge

It’s official…corn is coming. With the snip of an inordinately large pair of scissors Wednesday, at a new research centre near Lethbridge, AB, DuPont Pioneer Canada officially re-confirmed its commitment to the development of new and improved — earlier and higher yielding — field corn varieties for Western Canada. The company which has been involved in seed

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When is BIG, big enough? 

God, I am getting old. I was just reading about the possible takeover of Syngenta by Monsanto…both companies have investment firms investigating the options of the merger that would create one large ag chemical and seed company with combined sales of $40 billion annually. Gee, that sounds like a pretty big operation. I’ve always admitted

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Smarter Farming launches my film career

Farming Smarter, the southern Alberta applied research association, based in Lethbridge, launched my film career today. I play a brief but pivotal role in Farming Smarter’s latest promotional video called “Not Grandpa’s Farm”. If you really pay attention near the end, I have a 3.5 second dramatic scene as an old fart with a walking

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Shaping the new feedmill licensing system

Various players of the Canadian livestock feeding industry are busy adding their two-cents worth (or it might be $2 worth) of comments to a proposal by the Canadian Grain Commission to license feedmills. Unless Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has a change of heart, it looks like the licensing will happen. What the industry is doing

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