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Crop Week – Farm Shows Are Really About Drinking Beer

January 14, 2009

This is my first time to Crop Week in Saskatoon and I plan to return in the future. One thing that is consistent amongst farm shows is the ever present beer gardens. Now don’t get me wrong there is serious business that is done over a cold one. There is discussion about Roughriders football, who will win the Stanley Cup and who will win American Idol this season.

In all seriousness the beer gardens at any farm show is where farmers get to spend some valuable time together and collaborate and share ideas with neighbors or farmers from other provinces.

Yesterday I went into the beer gardens and ran into and old friend, Mark Lepp from FarmLink Solutions and we had a chance to catch up and discuss what was happening in the markets. To me this type of surprise encounter is what makes farm trade shows so special. Its not just about the new equipment, new seed genetics or getting a bag of collected free goodies. A big benefit of attending farm shows is that you get a chance to connect with your network. It is important that you take the time to develop a center of influence and learn form the successes and mistakes of your colleagues. I find that grain farmers are very good about sharing ideas regarding production practices. I recommend if you have not done so yet this year attend a farm show. Manitoba Ag Days, Ag-Expo and FarmTech are all left before spring. Walk the show to do your business but also take the time to network with your network even if it is over a cold beer in the beer gardens.

The Grain Markets Provide Reflection

January 8, 2009

It is sad but so true.  The graph to the left not only describes what has happened to the grain markets but also mysteriously looks like a Christmas tree.  I found this picture at the blog Eds World: Grain Marketing.  As Ed describes in the blog, he is not sure if he should laugh or cry.  

As Ed states you should choose to laugh because if you think back on the last 24 months it really is an unbelievable story.  In one breath ethanol is being blamed for high food prices and shortages of grain and then prices have bombed lower with higher supplies and a growing global recession.  
We need grain prices to get to a level where both the farmer and the livestock industry can be sustainable in the long run.  A major part of this is stability in the price and not the massive price swings as we have experienced in the past.  When the price moves that quickly no one can capitalize on opportunities.  The major question now for grain prices is what happens next? 

Tom Vilsack Gets Interviewed by Rick Mercer

December 19, 2008
I stumbled across this today while I was scanning my news feeds. This video is several years old because it was taken when Tom Vilsack was the Governor of Iowa. I really hope that the new Agricultural Secretary learns some truths about Canada before he meets with Mr. Ritz in the coming year. There is no doubt that he was tricked into this by Mercer but it must be incredibly embarrassing never the less.

(watch the whole video so that you get the punch line at the end with Tom Vilsack)
If the above video does not work use this link to view the interview.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydw4kj9P90w