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Returning to His Roots

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If you live in Canada, Western Canada in particular, the name Jim “Jimmy” Pattison is no doubt very familiar. Patriarch to one of the...

Prairie Preservation

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By Trevor Bacque For Garnet Martin, his rural life is best summed up with three words: family, farming and finances, with family being the unshakable...

Stuck on You

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By Trevor Bacque  A visit to any Prairie farm often doubles as free admission to a one-of-a-kind museum of invention. Farmers are plagued by unique...

Stepping out of the comfort zone

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By Trevor Bacque  An unspoken goal of many farmers is to take what their parents created and try to make it better than when they...

Raise a Glass

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By Trevor Bacque Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes and primary agriculture is a hotbed for this practice. At Strathmore, Alta., the Hilton family...

Embrace Uncertainty

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By Trevor Bacque Tell someone that the most amazing place in the world is Newdale, Man., and you may receive a funny look or two....

Puttin’ in Time

By Trevor Bacque When Giles Norek thinks about where the family farm was 50 years ago compared to today, he pauses and draws a long, measured breath....

Born to Run

By Trevor Bacque Independence is nothing new in farming. Most children keen to take over the operation often dream of the day when they are...

Floods, droughts and climate change – what will the future hold?

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The Canadian Prairies are no stranger to weather extremes and natural disasters. Floods and droughts here are among the costliest natural disasters in Canada,...

Blood, Sweat and Oil

By Trevor Bacque  It always starts with a conversation. Many entrepreneurs nostalgically pinpoint the exact moment their business venture was born. For many, it becomes...

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