Award-winning N.B. dairy farmers investing in the future

by George Fullerton

Becky and Dwayne Perry’s dairy farm has been named the New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association’s Kings County farm of the year. The Perrys have a 110-head milking herd and are very active in the agriculture community. Dwayne grew up on the family farm in Perry Settlement, near Sussex, working alongside his father Reg, who operated a 50-cow dairy operation.

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Wild blueberry growers need to become more efficient

by Peter Burgess

Wild blueberry farmers have had three very hard years in a row. They’ve experienced two years of historically low farm gate prices, followed by an extreme weather event that impacted yields severely in many parts of Nova Scotia. In the end, the freeze event of 2018 ended up being much worse for many growers, as most had already applied most of their inputs and had very little opportunity to recoup any of those costs.

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N.L. young farmers gather for engaging leadership summit

by Matthew Carlson

The Newfoundland and Labrador Young Farmers’ Forum (NLYFF) hosted its fourth annual Leadership Summit in St. John’s on Nov. 14 and 15. This year we once again built on the success from previous years with great feedback and a solid attendance. About 40 delegates, including young farmers, government representatives, and other industry stakeholders attended the event.

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Canadian dairy farmers have been made sacrificial lambs

by Marlene Campbell

I have a powerful childhood memory from the 1960s of playing alone in the living room of our old farmhouse in the community of Southwest Lot 16, P.E.I., while my mother worked alone in the barn milking our dairy cows and doing the chores. I remember the anticipation of waiting for my father to come home from a faraway place called Montreal where, I would later learn, he participated in meetings to establish an efficient modernized system that would give him and every other dairy farmer in Canada a fair return on their labour and investment.

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