Will $3.50 Corn Cool the Bruce County Land Grab?

Cattle graze in the rolling hills of the former Elderslie Township in Bruce County. An old corral sits vacant in a pasture abandoned for corn, still waiting to be harvested this spring. In a county where a young Aggie might get chuckled at by topsoil-rich neighbours in southern Ontario, the geologically challenged fields of Bruce …

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Sticky Production – Agriculture’s Version of Sticky Wages?

"Last time we were asked to feed the world, everyone planted more until 1985, when they continued to plant more, even though the market told them not too. We don't do a very good job responding to when the market tells us not to plant." Cal Whewell,  FC Stone Risk Management Consultant Since hearing this comment …

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We’re Starting a Movement – Feeding a Hungry Planet

http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/V74AxCqOTvg&source=uds On Monday evening, we learned how to start a movement courtesy of Derek Silvers' TED talk. It's really quite simple. You need one crazy nut with the courage to dance alone (idea) and someone brave enough to follow. Who the nut is actually does not matter. You have the beginning of a movement when …

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Feeding a Hungry Planet – Youth Ag Summit Musings of Day 1

Stepping into the Bow Valley, there is no question what the group is here to do. The energy is palpable and the group is on the edge of their seats to tackle the hardest issues on the planet head on. This is truly an event like no other I've been a part of.  118 smart, …

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Feeding a Hungry Planet – One Action at a Time

In some ways, it might just be what we're best at. Whether seated round the coffee table or kitchen table, on a bar stool or milk stool, solving the world's problems, however small or mighty, might be one of our favourite past times. In fact, it seems as if leaving a group of farmers together …

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Sustainability Saturday – The Paper is Complete

FINALLY! After a lot of cutting (2000 words is not a lot), the paper is complete! Here are a few excepts. Evaluation of Ag Sustainability Global food production must double by 2050 to feed a population of 9 billion. Billions of research dollars are pouring into determining how to accomplish this incredible feat, but speculation …

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