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COUNTRY GUIDE April 24 2017

Getting ‘Lean’ for Farming

Small farms like Ben Hartman’s can be among the first to boost their numbers by adopting lean, but there are lessons for all.
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COUNTRY GUIDE December 5, 2016

A cattle company finding its own way

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Photo: David Stobbe

 

They’re risk takers who hate to lose and aren’t afraid to trust their own instincts, which is why, on the road to diversification, the Blairs have drawn their own map.
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COUNTRY GUIDE April 1, 2016
Location, location

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Picture: Sandy Black

 

The Spenst family are farmers first, but with a farm that extends right to the store counter.

When Garry Spenst and his sons, Paul and Garreth, heard that the Real Canadian Superstore was coming to Winkler, Man. they took the biggest gamble of their lives. The family paid $100,000 to buy the lot right next door.
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This story won the SILVER DICK BEAMISH AWARD for press feature writing at the 2016 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Awards.

COUNTRY GUIDE March 11, 2016
Early Warning Signs of a Business in Trouble

Whether it’s your farm, or a company or a farm you deal with, it’s never good to be the last to know.

Unfortunately some businesses will fail. There can be any number of contributing reasons, such as an economic downturn, competition, bad customer relations, bad internal management, changes in markets, government regulations or unforeseen events.
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COUNTRY GUIDE March 7, 2106
Tips to Protect Your Farm’s Assets

These six strategies will ensure you get much more than just the tax benefits of forming a farm corporation.

Many farms that incorporate do so for tax purposes. After all, there are definite tax advantages available to a corporation and its shareholders that are not available to individuals or partnerships.

But farm businesses should be careful that they don’t let the tax tail wag the dog, says Jerry Lupkowski, a senior partner with MNP at its Portage la Prairie, Man. office.
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COUNTRY GUIDE February 26, 2016
Is There Room for Entitlement on the Family Farm?

If you’re the first-born male, it used to mean you had won the lottery. You got to inherit the biggest share, you got to take over as boss, and you got to sit at the head of the family table. But today that kind of European hierarchy is quickly fading on the family farm.

Except… how do you decide who should be in charge, or how to split the estate when you can’t simply apply the old first-born formula the way all our previous generations did?
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BEEF SITE November 18, 2015
What will a Liberal Government Mean for Canadian Agriculture?

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BEEF SITE July 15, 2015
McDonald’s Canada Moves One Step Closer to sourcing Sustainable Beef

2748_mcdonalds canada See the full story here

 

 

 

 

GRAINEWS MAY 19, 2015:

Brian Harper Linear Measuring one April 2015

Linear Measuring Points to Better Grass-Fed Genetics

 

 

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