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Monday, August 15, 2022

I spent a few days listening to non-farming researchers and scientists decry the way many farmers currently farm as unsustainable, contributing to climate change and harmful to the soil. This was during the Arrell Food Summit's "Future of Farming" ...

Monday, August 15, 2022

Editor Lisa B. Pot's column last month on the future of farming as seen through the eyes of food "experts" who don't believe in farmers, got me thinking about a lifetime of providing the latest updates to farmers.
Lisa was writing about the speakers...

Monday, August 15, 2022

As the snow melts and spring creeps, or sometimes rushes, across the land, farmers prepare for the frantic season ahead. The windows of opportunity to get stuff done are filled with never-ending motion.
Stress runs high and everyone hopes they have...

Monday, August 15, 2022

My friends of Orkney, my conversation with my dear friend Pinkie continues and so does the story of Clifton and Estelle. With Clifton working a job in a remote location in Ontario's northland and Estelle in hospital for a serious surgery...

Monday, June 20, 2022

Financial podcaster Jessica Moorhouse says everyone should be tracking their spending and setting aside a fund to cover expenses in case of emergency. You can read her financial advice in this issue.
Another financial guru, Bruce Sellery, asks ...

Monday, June 20, 2022

Among the joys of my years being editor of The Rural Voice was the opportunity to hear speakers who left their impression -- and among those was Dr. Temple Grandin.
I was thinking that the other day when I pulled the movie Temple Grandin off the shelf ..

Monday, June 20, 2022

Many farmers have a goal of leaving their farms better than they found them. Growing cover crops is one tool that farmers have to help them achieve that goal. The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has launched a Cover Crop Leaders ...

Monday, June 20, 2022

My friends of Orkney, we left Clifton and Estelle in Ontario's northland, at a place of golden dreams, the Jerome Mine. War was once again raging in Europe and Estelle had made a full recovery from an operation which had left her bedridden for ,,,

Monday, June 20, 2022

"One of the good things about planting soybeans," said Dave Winston as he sat down at Mabel's Grill for breakfast the other morning, "is that you can sit in your tractor cab and listen to your music and you can almost forget that there's an election...

Monday, June 20, 2022

Every spring I look forward to firing up the BBQ and cooking over a flame. Even when it is a bit too cold to be standing out there, or it starts to rain or snow, the first chance I get I'm snapping my tongs and firing up the grill. While it is easy to...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

One of the benefits about being old like me is that you won't have to deal with the effects of climate-altering activities of my generation and my children and grandchildren.
Recently U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres unveiled a report....

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The first ever Coldest Night of the Year event held in Wingham was a heartwarming success. In the middle of so much upheaval, negativity, and struggle in our world, it was wonderful to see our community in northern Huron County come together ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

My friends of Orkney, in my last correspondence, I left Clifton and Estelle Isbister bouncing along country roads upon their mechanical steed -- a Model T Ford. The Great War had run its appalling course a few years earlier and the future seemed ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

"I always like it when I can turn the cattle out on pasture every spring," said George Mackenzie as he settled in at Mabel's Grill the other morning.
"The cattle get their own feed, and spread their own manure," he continued.
"Yeah, same with my sheep..

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

It is often said that if you want to go faster, go alone, but if you want to go further, go together. And while teamwork sounds nice on paper, it is painfully messy in reality. As I'm writing this, I'm mourning (and scratching my head) over ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Maureen Kelly-Barclay says of her Centralia classmates, "The last time we were all together we rocked shoulder pads and mullets and now we have bifocals and orthotics. But you know what? Mullets are coming back in and so are shoulder pads...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Visit any food store in Canada (or at least southern Canada) and it's almost impossible not to take food for granted.
Stores get bigger and bigger to meet shopper's expectations. Shelves are overflowing. They throw out food that's still perfectly ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

March 8 has been recognized since 1911 as International Women's Day (IWD). The very first gathering was supported by over one million people. It has been gaining momentum ever since as a day to celebrate social, economic, cultural...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

My dear friends of Orkney. There was a writer here in Canada, both famous and infamous, who when confronted with proofs contrary to what his stories imagined, maintained that truth not necessarily lays with mere fact...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

"So the wife's got me tuning up the lawnmower while I wait for corn-planting season," said Dave Winston as he settled in at Mabel's Grill the other morning.
"That's what you get for getting the tractor ready so soon," said George Mackenzie...

Monday, February 14, 2022

The more things change, the more they stay the same. While that old saying may not seem very appropriate during a pandemic when everything seems different, human nature does appear to be very much the same.
As I write this, everyone is very tired...

Monday, February 14, 2022

When I was in Haiti a few years back, I rode from the airport to our compound on top of the luggage in the back of an open, lumbering truck. It was madness, really. No one seemed to follow any road rules there and Iā€ˆlater learned when it ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

It was while reading fellow columnist Jeff Carter's column in last month's issue of The Rural Voice that the subject for this column arose.
Jeff was writing about an on-line conference held by Oxford University about the demonstrations ...

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