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January 18, 2018

2018 has arrived, a toddling new year with all the potential in the world heaped up like a snowbank. The baggage of last year has unfortunately arrived with it, like tweets goading North Korea and all the to-dos you had on the other side of that midnight countdown. But...

December 13, 2017

Le francais suit.

Jeannine Messier has been a farmer and entrepreneur in the Montérégie region of Quebec for the last 30 years. She has an active role in her family, her community, municipal government, and as an advocate for women in agriculture in Quebec. She is curre...

December 6, 2017

Sara Mann is working in a niche area of research, but one that is critical to the Canadian agriculture industry. An associate professor at the University of Guelph in the College of Business and Economics, Sara not only studies rural and agricultural human resource pro...

November 28, 2017

Mary Robinson has deep roots in agriculture, so it’s no surprise that outside of her work in her family ag business she’s dedicating her time to making the whole industry more robust.

A sixth generation on her family’s farm operation, and third in their agribusiness, Ma...

November 8, 2017

An important conversation was started by a tweet recently  and expanded upon in an op-ed in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

The tweet many people responded strongly to stated, “in #ag, 80-100% of our organizations are led by white, grey-haired men. We need those m...

October 20, 2017

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Gender Wage Gap. With the current rate of change staying equal, the World Economic Forum estimates the global gender wage gap won’t be closed for another 170 years. No one has ever accused me of being patient but I don’t think I’m a...

October 17, 2017

Is it 85 cents that women make compared to every dollar men make? Or is it 79 cents? Is that for full time work? What about education and hours worked?  

Understanding the gender wage gap can sometimes feel like you need an advanced degree in economics. Combine tha...

July 13, 2017

In Post #2 in this series, we heard from women on the reasons why they don’t use the term “farmer”.

Many women told me that they aren’t a farmer because they don’t own land, machinery or animals. Or because they do only a small portion of the total farm work required. O...

July 11, 2017

Many women choose to use “farmer’s wife” to describe themselves, their lifestyle and often their additional responsibilities. But what’s the difference between a farmer’s wife and a farmer? If these women have farming responsibilities, why aren’t they farmers?

Interesti...

July 10, 2017

Before we even start on this question, we need to talk about the elephant in the room: we don’t have a standardized definition for the term “farmer”. It means very different things to different people. And after talking to many men and women (farmers and non-farmers),...

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