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Western Canada Update: The Advancing Women in Ag Wrap Up, Work/Life Balance, Cucumber Water

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Western Canada Update 

 The Advancing Women in Ag Wrap Up: Work/Life Balance, Cucumber Water & Why Different is Good
awThe very first Advancing Women – Leadership in Agriculture conference, held in late April in Calgary, was a career highlight for our editor Lyndsey Smith, and in this video, she’s joined by field editor Debra Murphy to recap the event. From what they learned about celebrating our differences as men and women, to the myth of work/life balance, and on to the cliff-hanger of a question: Is cucumber in water OK?, please enjoy the following wrap up from the Advancing Women – Leadership in Agriculture conference.

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Real Agriculture to Open Ottawa Bureau
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It’s with much fanfare, pomp and circumstance, confetti cannons and more that we roll out the following news: Lyndsey Smith, editor of this illustrious web site is moving to Ottawa to open our fifth bureau. Real Agriculture’s founder Shaun Haney and Lyndsey Smith decided there was really no better way to announce the move and what it means for the site and site content than to do a very somber, very serious interview outlining the opportunity.

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 What is Gluten? (It’s OK if You Don’t Know)
glutenWhile many in agriculture had a good laugh at these consumers’ expense, an observant Twitter follower of mine asked how many farmers know what gluten is? What about those in industry? The guy has a point, my friends. Just like I would never claim to know the ins and outs of setting up a seeder, there are likely many people within the agriculture industry that are clueless when it comes to gluten. 

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What to Expect for 2014 Pasture Rental Rates in Alberta
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Pasture rental rates in Alberta can vary significantly depending on the year, the contract, location and whether or not the landowner will take a supervisory role in livestock management. In 2012, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development published a survey that showed a range  in pasture rental from $10.50-$33.50/AUM. In this video (also available as audio only), we speak to Ted Nibourg, business management specialist at Alberta’s Ag-Info Centre, about what we can expect for this year, developing a fair price for pasture rental and what is influencing rates.

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The Corporation Conundrum: Why Consumers Hate Monsanto, But Love Their iPhones
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What do people do to vent their frustrations at corporations like Monsanto? They tweet through a corporate-owned company known as Twitter on their iPhones built by Apple (also a corporation). They create and edit pictures make scary memes using Photoshop (from the corporation Adobe) to share on Facebook (are you seeing a trend?) and then hand out flyers printed from hardware built by corporations like HP or Canon. Confused at the hypocrisy?

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 TechTour: Adding “Eyes” to Implements Improves Efficiency & Safety
TTWhile there’s certainly a time to be out checking machinery with your own eyes, there are numerous times you could be stopping to check on hoppers, implements or attachments but you just don’t make the time. In this episode of the Dow AgroSciences’ TechTour, Chris Sobchuk, of Allen Leigh, talks to RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney at Ag-Expo in Lethbridge about their implement camera system, how it works, what it costs and the benefits to the set up.


Created May 15, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

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