Agriculture News

Canadian agriculture moves to lift stigma of mental health talk

Published on 11.22.2018 by Myrna Stark Leader


The topic of mental well-being is growing in recognition and acceptance in the Canadian agricultural sector.

Topics once never talked about on coffee row, or maybe, not even in a household, are more likely to be shared. This new openness may be one of the only ways to change perceptions and actions – whether that be recognizing when someone isn’t themselves, offering wise advice if someone says they are facing challenges or even knowing when to reach out yourself.

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Feed barley expected grind along for now

Published on 11.21.2018 by Greg Kostal


The feed barley outlook conforms to an agenda of passing time at a relatively high price so sufficient domestic substitution can occur in exporting countries to free-up enough supply for core must-have importers.

Price doesn’t need to trend higher, just stay relatively high as the calendar races toward accessing 2019 crop. For example, Saudi Arabia is now covered through to the end of February.

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Rooted in strength: Know what you can control

Published on 11.15.2018 by Cynthia Beck

Producer Cynthia Beck, a suicide intervention responder in rural Saskatchewan, suggests we can improve mental health when we know which stressors on our farms we can control and which we cannot. 


  • Our thoughts, behaviour and reactions are powerful tools
  • We can think and act ourselves into calmness
  • Focus on deep breaths and a relaxed body
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Farmer fights stigma with openness and understanding

Published on 11.15.2018 by Myrna Stark Leader


“Mental health is part of our overall health. Like physical health, we need to care for it,” says farmer and entrepreneur Kim Keller. She speaks with conviction. An advocate for mental wellness in agriculture, Kim saw a need through her own journey.

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Rooted in strength: Fighting isolation

Published on 11.15.2018 by Cynthia Beck

Producer Cynthia Beck, a suicide intervention responder in rural Saskatchewan, identifies ways to battle the physical, emotional and mental isolation agriculture’s rural lifestyle can produce.


  • Not just physical, isolation also occurs when you shut yourself off from others
  • Connect via email, text or phone calls
  • Know you’re not alone in how you feel
  • Distress centres are available across Canada
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Turning trade disruptions into opportunity for Canadian pork

Published on 11.13.2018 by J.P. Gervais


Tariffs on U.S. pork exports to China and Mexico resulted in weaker prices in the U.S. hog and pork supply chain. Markets have rebounded, largely on the expectation that the African Swine Fever outbreak in Europe and China will lead to a surge in pork import demand.

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