The tricky world of international trade

At the 2015 Agritechnica show in Hanover Germany there were a lot of equipment brands from developing nations on display. Their spokespersons made no secret of the fact that they then saw the entire globe as a potential marketplace for their machines, and they were getting ready to try taking the world by storm—at least

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Agree to disagree

I recall reading an analysis of the performance of CEOs of major corporations, which was published a few years ago. It was a study that looked at whether or not the compensation packages paid to leaders of the largest corporations in the United States had a direct correlation to the performance of the firms under

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Seeing the Agritechnica sights

Grainews readers will certainly have heard us talk about this November’s Agritechnica machinery show in Hannover Germany. We’ve been covering the event since 2007, and this year we even arranged to round up a bunch of our readers and bring them along with us as we made our way across the Atlantic. Both Leeann Minogue

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Brand evolution

A few months ago I had a chance to sit down with Leah Olson, president of AMC, the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, which is the industry association that represents most Canadian short-line ag manufacturers. One of the topics we discussed was how the generation of innovators behind many of those companies—more than a few of

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Sessions offer tips on improving farm profitability

  Alberta Canola is running a series of one-day information sessions across Alberta with a focus on AGRONOMY, MARKETING  & MANAGEMENT. Although the players may change, depending on location, the sessions promise to offer information to help your farm be more profitable. And that’s a pretty good return on investment considering there is no cost

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Bin thinkin’

By now most harvest operations in the west have wound down and machinery is back in the yard. Soon farmers will be busy power washing the dust off combines and chaff out of radiators, along with all the other post-season inspections equipment needs before getting put to bed for the winter. This fall AGCO’s GSI

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James Hargrave will be missed

I was sorry to hear this week that eastern Alberta rancher James Hargrave was killed when the water truck he was driving was in collision with another vehicle and rolled into the ditch. Hargrave, a volunteer fire fighter with the Cypress County Fire Services, was helping battle a raging grass fire that had spread from

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Define it

This week I’ve been working on putting together the annual review of what’s new in tractors, which will appear in a few of Glacier FarmMedia’s (our publisher’s) magazines across the country. As I assembled all the information about what each brand had to offer and double checked what has been making news in the ag

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The heart of the deal

Most people will have heard of Donald Trump’s book, titled “The Art of the Deal”. I suppose those people who’ve actually written books might object to me calling it his book, because it and others credited to him were apparently written for him. I remember reading the book when it first came out. Although, I

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Movin’ on

A few years ago, one of my cousins, who was also my neighbour, succumbed unexpectedly and very rapidly to cancer. Because he was a bachelor, the task of organizing his affairs fell to another cousin and me. Winding down a farm that had been in the family for generations was no easy task. Despite some

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