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ILC 2009: Part 1 – Dr. Bruce German The Future of the Personalized Diet

July 23, 2009

I firmly believe that the food system and farmers will always adjust to changes in eating patterns in the world.  Dr. Bruce German of the University of California, Davis describes one of these changes. He believes that the notion that there is an ideal diet for everyone is nonsense.  Dr. German feels that creating technologies on and off farm to supply the personalized diet is essential to the evolution of food consumption. 

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ILC 2009: Earl Geddes – VP at CWB – Wheat Breeding and the Future of Biotech Wheat

July 22, 2009

In case you have not been following the story very closely, the debate over biotech wheat is about to restart again. Cereal breeding in North America has been on the downtrend. The past three months have brought wheat breeding investments by Dow Agro, Monsanto and Bayer. These strategic moves are quite obviously being executed so that beneficial proprietary traits can be inserted into wheat genetics. As mentioned before on this site, many possibilities open up to the consumer and not just the farmer if biotech wheat is introduced. At the International Livestock Congress at the Calgary Stampede, Earl Geddes and I discussed the future direction of wheat breeding and how biotech wheat may lead us there.


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ILC 2009: Barbara Beane – KFC – Food Innovation and Safety in the Chicken Business

July 22, 2009

With the event of H1N1 poultry food safety has become a very popular topic amongst the general public not just agriculturalists.  At the International Livestock Congress in Calgary, I talked to Barbara Beane of KFC about how KFC is bringing innovative and new products to the marketplace. We also discussed how KFC manages food safety.  

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ILC 2009: Earl Geddes – VP at CWB – Developing Innovative Services and Markets For the Western Canadian Farmers

July 17, 2009

I had the the opportunity to sit down with Earl Geddes, Vice President of Farmer Services, Canadian Wheat Board at the International Livestock Congress. Earl and I discussed some of the new markets and services being developed by the board for farmers. I also asked Earl about how different demographics are using the boards programs and what they are doing as a company to address that.

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ILC 2009: Brant Randles – Louis Dreyfus Canada – Feed Grain and Oilseed Complex Outlook

July 17, 2009

At the International Livestock Congress I spoke to Brant Randles, President of Louis Dreyfus Canada regarding his outlook for feed grains and oilseeds in the future. Brant and I also talked about the future of grain handling as it pertains to identity preserved crops and the future of the rail system for handling grain from a Canadian perspective.

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ILC 2009: Dr. David Kohl – How the Top Farmers and Ranchers are Managing Their Operations

July 16, 2009

At the International Livestock Congress (ILC), Dr. David Kohl spoke about some of the things the top performing farmers and ranchers are doing to survive in this extreme market volatility and global recession.  Dr. Kohl also comments on the differences between Canadian and American farmers.  

ILC 2009: Glen Hodgson – What Can We Expect for the Economy, Interest Rates and the Currency Market

July 16, 2009

In talking to Glen Hodgson of the Conference Board of Canada  at the International Livestock Congress, I felt somewhat better about the economy and the outlook through the next 12 months.  Glen is the Chief Economist with the Conference Board of Canada which is Canada’s largest think tank.  In this video, Glen comments on the global recession, the future of interest rates and the volatility of the currency market.  

New Seeding Implements for 2010 Were Showcased at the Farm Progress Show in Regina

July 2, 2009

By: Garth Donald of Dynagra

The new seeding equipment was hot off the press at the Western Farm Progress Show two weeks ago in Regina. The biggest thing to come out for this next season is from Seed Hawk with their sectional control. Seed Hawk along with Raven industries have come up with a sectional controller system which will shut off both seed and fertilizer in overlapping situations very similar to most spraying systems. With savings of over 20% seen on the sectional sprayer controls, growers feel that they will see that type of savings on the drills. Raven have been making controllers for many years which will give reliability to this product which will also give them the ability to do variable rate in the next couple of years.
New Holland has just released their new version of a parallel link seeding system on their Slim platform for 2010. It is a new opener combination of seed on one side and a side band of fertilizer on the other side. The biggest advantage of this system is the transport width which is one of the narrowest in the industry with the potential of going to some of the largest seeding widths in the industry.

Bourgault and Morris were also showcasing there parallel linked seeding systems and there variable rate air carts. Both companies are using the Topcon X20 system for controlling their seeding system and variable rate systems which is very proven.

So what is the best system? Well, the one that fits your farm and soil type is the best system. There are pros and cons to every system but just make sure that it will perform the way you want it to.

Those are my thoughts,

Garth Donald C.C.A., Dynagra, Visit Dynagra.com to inquire about DynagraVRT so that you can tap the full potential of your fields.

Plan to Attend the International Livestock Congress (ILC) at the Calgary Stampede

June 26, 2009

The Calgary Stampede is about celebrating our western roots and bringing out the inner cowboy in all of us. The Beef business continues to play a huge role in that history and will play a role in the future. On July 10th I will be attending the International Livestock Congress (ILC), Beef 2009: Firing Up Science and Innovation during the Stampede and based on what I am hearing from people you should too. There are many indutry related meeting through the season but ILC seems to draw the “people” in the business. Known as a great networking event, I am looking forward to trying to get a great handle on where the attendees and speakers think the Canadian beef business needs to move in the future.

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I will be covering the event with video interviews and Twitter but I do encourage you to attend in person and view my coverage later as a reminder and archive. This will be similiar to my coverage of the Crop Production Show and Tiffin Conference earlier this year. I get invited to many industry events and the ILC 2009 is on my calendar for this year so I hope to see you there. If you want to meet up at the conference please send me an email.

Gerry Ritz Visits Lethbridge for a Producer Roundtable

March 7, 2009
Yesterday, Rick Cassson, MP Lethbridge hosted Federal Agricultural Minister, Gerry Ritz in Lethbridge.  On top of serving at the Farm Credit Canada Breakfast at Ag Expo and meeting with a farmer round table, Ritz also announced 15.5 million in funding for the Canadian Triticale Biorefiniery Initiative. 
I participated in the farmer round table where all twenty of the producer participants had a couple minutes to voice their opinion on any given subject.  This is the first time I have met the Honorable Mr. Ritz but I have to say that he appears to be a very fast on his feet, intelligent and has a very firm grasp of the subjects at hand.  Based on his opinion of the Canadian Wheat Board alone I think that we are in good hands.  I cannot say that I agree with him on all subjects but you should never expect that. 
The issues brought up at the round table were country of origin labeling, the creation of the certified seed tax incentive, farmers wanting a choice on how and where to market their grain, the inability of the Canadian Wheat Board to manage its finances, the inadequate rail system in Canada, consolidation of the beef industry, how to create a long term sustainable sugar beet industry, the need for public plant breeding, the need for own use allowances on certain animal drugs and crop protection products, pollination research needs, wildlife control as it pertains to sheep production, transgenic wheat and many questions about the need for government stability programs to be bankable going forward.  
Afterwards I reflected to a good friend that it was great to meet Gerry Ritz and get some of his candid feelings on the issues as he really encouraged to be challenged and given ideas on how things can be improved.  Thank you Mr. Ritz for taking the time to come to Lethbridge and listen to our Southern Alberta concerns.