The Small Gift of Microfinancing Makes for a Big Difference

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]It’s the season of giving and there are various non-profit organizations seeking donations, volunteers and financial support such as local food bank, Red Cross, World Vision, and Gifts of Hope. These organizations are looking for support all year round! One option that doesn’t receive much attention is microfinancing.Microfinancing Read more…

Seeking Plant Breeding Experts

Since the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2009 challenge on how to feed the world in 2050, there have been many forms of responses. There have been increases in research project funding, increased partnerships between the developed and developing, and the application of new plant breeding techniques to staple crop commodities Read more…

Oh Deere!

John Deere chasing copyright claims to your tractor Have you ever felt like you never really owned something you bought (perhaps your cat)? Well this could be the case for future John Deere equipment owners. In early 2015, the farm machinery company expressed to the US Copyright Office, that their Read more…

Whose Duty is it?

Today producers in North America have a wide selection of seed options from which to choose. However,  the opportunity to grow some seed has come with a price.  Syngenta’s genetically modified (GM) corn Agrisure™ Viptera was commercially approved for production in 2010 in the United States (and later Agrisure DuradadeTM in 2012). Read more…

Innovation and Farm Labour

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″]For as long as there has been innovation, it has displaced labour. Innovations often improve the efficiency of technology, reducing the cost of production and the labour required to produce the products. Agriculture is no different in this than any other industry sector. Following World War II was Read more…