It’s Going to Get a Little Bumpy – How to navigate the next 36 months of lower prices and high costs. Part 1 – The Causes

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked” – Warren Buffett   If you have heard the phrase “the new norm” then this blog is for you. I have been hearing this phrase about commodity prices for…

You’re Not Rich – Why the next generation of farms may not live like the last one.

I hate basketball. In fact, if it comes on Sportscenter I won’t even watch the highlights before changing the channel. But I do love Shaquille O’Neal; not for what he has done on the court but for the soundbites and philanthropy he has done…

A Place We Have Never Been – Do Farms Have to Look Outside Family for Legacy?

What happens to the family farm when the lineage stops?   Sale is the easy answer, but I would rather push a different narrative. In an environment where land values continue to outrun the stock market, and are an inflationary hedge…

Go Looking for Opportunity – Why I prioritize education 

A week in Texas in January, things could be worse.    I hate missing my favourite farm show of the year (Crop Production Show), but when given the opportunity to learn from some of my mentors and top business minds in agriculture,…

Down Home – Celebrating Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan.

“Where they know you by name and treat you like family” - Alabama.   I learned quickly in life to never take things for granted. I was always told that high school would be the best time of my life. I am not sure I can substantiate…

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable – A discussion on mental health on the farm.

Listening to podcasts is how I decompress most days. Not agriculture podcasts because I live in this industry and get enough information thrown my way. I listen to other podcasts, mostly fitness or sports-related. This is what inspired this…

The Turning Point – Change in Mindset Requires a Defining Moment

I remember the night; picking my son off the couch in the basement, where he was accustomed to falling asleep, for the long journey up two flights of stairs to his bedroom. On a normal day he was heavy, in deep sleep he was dead weight. I had…

Too Fast – Is Agtech outpacing primary producers in the current market?

  In the latest Farmer Coach sessions, we included members from John Deere in our discussions on equipment efficiencies and optimization. Aside from the clear distain of current market pricing from a primary producer perspective, one…

Don’t Fool Yourself – Why Agriculture has Still Not Caught up on Financial Management

Little known fact about me, I like conflict. Whether in my personal life or business life, getting comfortable with the uncomfortable has always been a skill of mine. Not to say I don’t have emotion; I just tend to thrive off of tension and…

Iron Disease – In an environment of high equipment costs, what is the solution?

The inconvenient truth is that farmers are to blame for the current equipment environment; just as ordinary people are to blame for continuing inflation in Canada. Farmers can take a large part of the responsibility for rising equipment costs…

The Ironic Truth – The very thing agriculture is trying to save, is what is leading to its demise.

The writing is now on the wall; agriculture has branded itself out of the labour market.    When we started Farmer Coach, part of our vision was to not only provide value but also for me to learn as much as possible from the producers.…

Family Ties – How succession and transition in agriculture continue to spin circles.

Frankly, I am tired of hearing the line “agriculture is different”. I think this is the cause of many of our industry’s downfalls as we continue to push the narrative that we are special in comparison to other industries. We choose to…