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Farm Families Profiled

Through this Journey you’ll get to hear from three farm families from Canada, India and Kenya. A sneak-peak from the perspective of the farm children is shared below.

Kenyan Family

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OLOO FAMILY
FEATURING: VERONICA


Born:
2003

Town:
Malanga (Yala), Nyanza, Kenya

Describe your family:
We are a family of six; mother, father, two brothers and two sisters.

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Indian Family

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SINGH FAMILY 
Town: Talakaur village, Haryana, India

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Canadian Family

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MADGE FAMILY
FEATURING: TANNER

Born: 2000

Town: Youngstown, Alberta, Canada.

Describe your family: I would describe my family as a fun working family, whenever we work outside together it’s always a good time.  Even when we are inside we will watch movies and it’s just fun, fun, fun.

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Faces of Agriculture

Over 1 billion people are employed in world agriculture, representing 1 in 3 of all eligible workers.
In fact, whether we know it or not, many of us play a part in agriculture every day – from businesspeople, who bring foods to markets for consumers like you; to engineers who help build the roads and improve the systems we need; to scientists, who research and develop new technology and innovations.

Have you considered a career in agriculture?

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GEOSPATIAL DATA PROVIDER
(DRONE OPERATOR)
Owen

Education: 4 years – B.Sc. Geography

Job Description: We capture remotely sensed data utilizing UAVs or satellites and analyze the imagery to identify poor crop health and diseases in fields so that producers can take the appropriate corrective action to improve yields and the overall quality of their crops.

Unique Part of the Job: The ability to use new innovative technology to help producers to grow healthier crops.

You Help Feed the World by: Providing timely, meaningful information to help producers better manage their operations and make better decisions throughout the growing season.

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VETERINARIAN
Kaylee

Education: 6 years – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Job Description: I help all types of animals both large and small. It is my job to help prevent disease, treat illness and injury and care for animals so that they can live healthy lives.  I also help ranchers and pet owners learn how to give the best possible care to all of their animals.
Unique Part of the Job: My patients aren’t able to talk, so we have to use many different methods to help us figure out what is bothering them. It is always very rewarding to help an animal who is not able to help itself.
Help Feed the World by: I help feed the world by ensuring that livestock are strong, healthy and cared for in a humane way. Veterinarians also play a role in ensuring that the food acquired from production animals is safe to eat. Keeping these animals healthy ensures that we have an important source of food, fibre, and byproducts that are essential to all of us in our daily lives.

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GRAPHIC ARTIST
Maaike

Education: 4 years – Bachelor of Design
Job Description: Graphic Designers are computer artists who help communicate to an audience through visual creations. I design and illustrate for agricultural websites, ads and sometimes app games. I do most of my work on the computer or in a sketchbook.
Unique Part of the Job: Being a Graphic Designer lets you explore visual elements like colour, texture, shapes and typography every day. It’s a job that can range from designing documents to creating characters.
Help Feed the World by: Graphic designers help feed the world by working to captivate you. When an article, website or ad looks nice and is engaging, it is likely because someone like me designed it for you.

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AGRONOMIST
Shamie

Education: : 10 years – 3 years Soil Science degree, 3 years Masters of Science plus 4 years PhD in Soil Science and Agronomy.
Job Description: : My job involves developing the best technologies for growing plants that provide food, feed and fibre. Plants require great care to ensure they grow well and give optimal yield including land preparation, fertilization, weed and pest management. I am dedicated to studying ways to improve agronomic practices and ensure that good fertility is maintained in agricultural soils.
Unique Part of the Job: I get to spend a lot of time in the field working with farmers from different regions and countries. I have the opportunity to learn about diverse plants and farming systems, as well as the different cultures and languages of rural Africa.
Help Feed the World by: Advising farmers on best management practices needed to grow optimal crops. Plants require nutrients to grow and produce the food that we eat. Careful management of nutrients is required to support food production for future generations.

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AGRICULTURE TEACHER
James

Education: 4 years – Bachelor of Education

Job Description: My job is to educate students about the importance of agriculture. I like to use hands-on activities, stories and props that are fun and easy to understand. I love sharing my passion for agriculture with others.
Unique Part of the Job: I never have the same day twice. One day I might be in a classroom teaching, the next day visiting with students and parents at an agriculture trade show or developing agriculture lesson plans for other teachers to use.
Help Feed the World by: Sharing my agriculture knowledge with students so they will understand and appreciate the importance of agriculture in their community, country, and world. Agriculture education is vital to ensure our future decision makers are informed, excited and engaged in contributing to agriculture sustainability.

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PHOTOGRAPHER
Lori

Education: 2 years – Broadcast Journalism diploma
Job Description: I am a self-employed agriculture photographer. My days are comprised of working with and booking clients, taking photos and editing them. With agriculture, it’s more than just “snapping photos,” it’s about capturing images that showcase our industry to the rest of the world. Not everyone is privy to seeing a calf being born or having an aerial view of several combines harvesting in the sunset. I take photos that allow other people into the world of agriculture.
Unique Part of the Job: The people I meet and the places I see. I’m invited into situations that most people aren’t. I might be in a helicopter one day taking aerial photos and the next, in a snowstorm photographing for a multinational agricultural company.
Help Feed the World by: Showcasing innovation and the people of our industry. I’m not a direct feeder of food, but I help the industry as a marketing tool.

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FERTILIZER PLANT MANAGER
Vinesh

Education: 5 years- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Co-operative Education Program)
Job Description: As the Plant Manager, I have the overall accountability for the safe, reliable production of ammonia fertilizer at our facility. I manage all aspects of this production facility. This involves overseeing all aspects of the plant including safety, environmental sustainability, production, shipping, maintenance, human resources, finance, and engineering. I manage and lead about 200 employees.
Unique Part of the Job: I get to work with a lot of different people at various levels within our company that contribute to making and selling fertilizer. This includes production operators and maintenance trades people working in sales and marketing. I am also the “face” of our production plant when it comes to dealing with neighbours who live near our plant.
Help Feed the World by: The fertilizer that our plant makes provides necessary nutrients to the soil and is sold all over the world. Fertilizer helps to meet the increasing food requirements of a growing global population.

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BANK CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Jennifer

Education: 2 years – Business Management diploma
Job Description: We lend money to farmers and ranchers to buy livestock, farmland and equipment.
Unique Part of the Job: I am fortunate to work with a wide range of agricultural producers; from multi-million dollar operations to young couples just starting out in Ag. It’s very rewarding to contribute to the growth of any family business and to see my clients succeed and grow while doing what they love.
Help Feed the World by: We play a big part in sustaining the agriculture industry by providing the operating funds that farmers need to produce their crops and care for their animals year after year.

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DIETITIAN
Amanda

Education: 5 years – Bachelor of Science in nutrition and food science and Registered Dietitian professional designation
Job Description: I educate individuals about the benefits of healthy eating and how our diet affects our overall health.
Unique Part of the Job: I get to talk to people about food! I often discuss cooking methods, tips and healthy recipes. 
Help Feed the World by:  Informing individuals about how to choose local, sustainable, affordable food that is grown right in our back yard. I love helping people improve their diets so they can live long, healthy lives.

 

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FARMING & RESOURCES MANAGER
Melissa

Education: Four Years- Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Studies
Job Description: I am responsible for managing the farming enterprise and natural resources including; crop/silage acres, manure, oil/gas and environmental risks.
Unique Part of the Job: Every day is something completely different.  Some days I am out on my quad scouting crops for weeds and insects, other days I am in the office planning field trials or assessing the economics of various farm activities.
Help Feed the World by: We manage our operation in an environmentally responsible way that far exceeds industry standards.  We utilize manure fertilizer from our feedlot operations to nourish the soil which in turn grows healthy crops that are used to grow healthy beef.

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FEEDLOT DATA MANAGER
Erin

Education: Four years-Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology, Two years-Masters of Science in Ruminant (cattle) Nutrition
Job Description: I keep the feedlot management staff up to date on how many cattle are on site, how quickly cattle are growing, and how many will be ready to market each month so that we can market cattle as efficiently as possible and make informed production decisions. I work with many groups within the feedlot to make sure that we are using the best possible production practices, have enough cattle purchased to fill the feedlot, and have enough crops planted and/or purchased to feed our cattle.
Unique Part of the Job:  My job is an office position, but the office is right at the feedlot. I can look out my window and see pens of cattle. I get to use some of the newest data technology to do research and help the feedlot make informed decisions.
Help Feed the World by:  The world’s population is growing, but our cow herd is shrinking-so we have the challenge of producing more beef with fewer cattle. The feedlot is always doing research to improve our production practices so that we can produce more beef with the same (or even fewer!) resources.

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS MANAGER
Brian

Education: Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
Job Description: Governments play an important role in all of our lives and in how our business operates. I am the person who brings my company’s views and priorities to different levels of government and helps educate people on the priorities and directions of government so that we can respond intelligently.
Unique Part of the Job: The opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of issues and opportunities which have a great impact across all levels of business. I have the pleasure of meeting and working with some very interesting and talented people.
Help Feed the World by: I help align priorities, issues and opportunities amongst my company, governments and the greater agriculture industry so that we have a much better chance to meet the goal of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.

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CHEF
Derek

Education: 3 years-Culinary School
Job Description: I am the lead chef in my organization’s kitchen. Working with my team, we prepare delicious, healthy foods for our customers.
Unique Part of the Job: My favourite part is having the ability to create new food concepts for my organization each year.
Help Feed the World by: Preparing foods that are healthy and delicious for my customers.

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT
Ashley

Education: 6 years – Environmental Technology diploma and Bachelor of Science degree
Job Description: I provide environmental services to assist clients manage and reduce environmental liability. My responsibilities include soil and groundwater investigations, remediation programs, preparation of technical reports and liaison between landowners, clients and regulatory bodies.
Unique part of the job: I get a balance of working outside to collect data and working in the office compiling, interpreting and presenting data in a useful format. One of my favourite aspects is working with clients and landowners to develop unique solutions for challenging environmental concerns.
Help Feed the World by: Sustainable agriculture depends on healthy environments. By protecting the land, air and water we will increase our ability to feed the world while preserving our natural resources.

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AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER
Cody

Education: 4 years – Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering, plus 10 years of work experience
Job Description: Agricultural Engineers grow with the Agriculture Industry. Understanding basic principles pertaining to soils, crop and animal production, machinery and building design allows for the adoption of high-tech applications to agricultural products, water resource management and alternative energies. I love science and technology and improving the way we do things.
Unique Part of the Job: My job allows me to help livestock and poultry producers find solutions to a variety of everyday problems. For example, we look at construction permits, building design, nutrient management, energy and water needs and examine new or emerging technology and processes.
Help Feed the World by: I’m a professional problem-solver. Each day offers new opportunities to learn and innovate in agriculture.

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WELDER
Drew

Education: 3 years – 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
Job Description: I join metals together. I fix farm equipment and am skilled in structural welding for large production plants. Welders typically have good dexterity and attention to detail, as well as technical knowledge about the materials being joined.
Unique Part of the Job: I fix things with flames and travel around in my truck setting my schedule as I want.
Help Feed the World by: My welds keep agriculture equipment safe, reliable and efficient.

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WELDER
Ryan

Education: 3 years – Red/Blue Seal Journeyman Welder Certificate, Business MGMT Certificate.
Job Description: I have a truck with a welder and toolboxes mounted to it. When a farmer needs machinery repaired, or needs equipment customized to better perform the work he/she calls me! I show up on-site and use an electric arc welder and gas powered cutting torch to repair the equipment.
Unique Part of the Job: I operate my own company so I can run my own schedule. I get paid to PLAY WITH FIRE!!! (or fix things with fire)
Help Feed the World by:Making sure that the farm machinery is able to do its job! If machinery is broken and cannot plant seeds or harvest grain, then the grain will not end up in stores and on dinner tables.

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NURSE
Sheri

Education: 3 years – Nursing diploma and Occupational Health Nursing Certificate
Job Description: Day to day I work at a fertilizer plant to help the workers stay healthy and be the best they can be while they are manufacturing the fertilizer. Our company goal is to have zero work place injuries and I contribute to that goal.
Unique Part of the Job: When you think of a nurse you typically think of someone who works in a hospital. This nursing job is a little bit different in that the majority of my time is spent working to keep our employees healthy and not at risk.
Help Feed the World by: I work at a fertilizer operation which processes the main nutrients plants need to grow. By looking out for workers’ health and wellness, I ensure they are able to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. It takes a team to make the whole process work. I am very happy to be a part of this team.

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EQUIPMENT SALES MANAGER
Robert

Education: 4 years – Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Job Description: I am the agricultural sales manager for an equipment dealership. My team supports farm customers with equipment advice, best practices, data interpretation and hands-on field demonstrations. We try to make operations more efficient.
Unique Part of the Job: Every day I get to be creative and work with a team of great people. We work directly with our producers to offer equipment and technology recommendations in an effort to make our producers more efficient and profitable.
Help Feed the World by: Increasing the efficiency of our producers so that they can grow more food to feed the world.

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HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST
Robynn

Education: 4 years – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Job Description: We are a busy, growing company and there are hundreds of jobs to fill. My job is to find the best possible talent. I recruit, screen, interview and orientate new people to join our teams.
Unique Part of the Job: I get to meet new people all the time. The best part of my job is that I get to talk to people – learn about their experiences and understand their career goals – and match that to positions that will help my company grow and contribute to the success of the agricultural industry.
Help Feed the World by: We have a growing world population and it is critical that there are talented and skilled employees in place to meet this demand. There are thousands of careers available in our industry – have you considered a career in agriculture?

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HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST
Gabriel

Education: 6 years – Masters of Education
Job Description: I design and manage programs such as performance management, leadership development, recruitment programs and talent management systems. Also, I partner with business leaders on employee management by providing expertise on employee relations, compensation recommendations, promotions, employee development among other things to make sure we enable our employees to contribute to the success of my business.
Unique Part of the Job: HR at my company is challenging because we have thousands of employees in different geographies. I really enjoy partnering with employees and leaders of all levels to make sure we take care of our most important asset: our people. I meet a lot of people and I am able to provide valuable expertise in talent management.
Help Feed the World by: This is probably one of the top aspects of my company that keeps me excited about working here. I am proud to be part of a company that actually has tangible results through its contributions to society to make sure food is produced with the quality and quantity required to feed the people of the world. I help develop and support the people at Agrium that make that happen.

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FARMER
Larry

Education: High School Diploma plus ongoing conferences and research to continue learning how to grow optimal crops
Job Description: I run my own grain farm. My job is diverse in many ways. I get to decide what we grow, how we grow it and where we sell it. I also get to stay on the cutting edge of technology with new equipment, GPS, computer software, chemicals and fertilizers and ways to help improve our grain yields.
Unique Part of the Job: I am a 5th generation farmer who farms alongside my family. For me, every day is different and it is very rewarding. I love working outside, getting my hands dirty and caring for the land. It is a great way of life!
Help Feed the World by: We are the start of the food production process. From planting the seed to harvesting a crop, we inspect the fields every step of the way to ensure soil and crops are healthy.

    Agriculture Innovations

     

    Farmerless Tractor

    Agriculture is high-tech industry! Check out this autonomous tractor concept from Case IH.

    Photo by Case IH.

    Photo by Case IH.


    Microwave Cleaning Hack

    When life gives you lemons… Use them to clean your microwave!
    Click here to watch the simple, step-by-step video.

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    Photo via Goodful

    10 Simple Ways to go Green at a House Party

    Here are 10 simple tips to reduce waste and go green at your next event.

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    Photo by Rethink Recycling

    Vertical Gardening

    Watch this video to learn about indoor vertical gardening. Would you put a vertical garden in your home?

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    Photo by Verde Vertical

    5 Ingredients to Sustainable Fish Production

    Watch this video to learn about aquaculture’s role in feeding our growing population, and the 5 crucial elements needed to make this industry sustainable.

    Largest Rooftop Farm

    Check out this 7-month time lapse at Brooklyn Grange’s farm in NYC. It is 65,000 square feet in size, and currently the largest rooftop farm on the planet!

    Download Global Hero App

    Global Hero is live in the App Store and Google Play Store as a free download.

    Featuring the 17 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), Global Hero allows users to compete in 17 mini-games that showcase each goal at a high level. Connect and challenge your Facebook friends to earn the top spot on the leader board!

    We can all make a difference and have fun doing it – so start playing and sharing today!

    This App is brought to you by a collaboration of organizations that support the SDGs.

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    Desertification and Cattle

    Never thought a billboard could do..


    The Wilson Solar Cooker


    Towers that Harvest Clean Water out of Thin Air?


    Urban Algae Farm Gobbles Up Highway Air Pollution

    The Science of Nutrients

    4rs-4R Nutrient Stewardship is the application of nutrients (manures, fertilizers, compost) at the right time of year, right place in the field, right rate and right source of nutrients.

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    Preserve Your Herbs

    Do you cook with fresh herbs? Make them last longer by following these 5 tips. 

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    See below for more tips to help preserve all of your groceries.

    Preserve Your Groceries

    Preserve your groceries and save money using these 5 helpful tips.

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    Why Industrial Farms are Good for the Environment

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    Industrial farms are largely responsible for the move toward Precision Ag and new innovations that make farming as efficient and environmentally friendly as it is today.

    Read this article to find out more about how industrial farms are improving their environmental impact.

    New Discovery May Benefit Farmers Worldwide

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    A beneficial microbe may soon protect our crops and livestock from devastating fungal infection.

    Click here to read the article.

    Smart Technologies: The Key to Youth Involvement in Agriculture

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    Photo: A cow being milked by a milking robot. Credit: Cornelia Flatten/Inter Press Service

    What is the key to getting youth excited about Agriculture? This article examines new technologies that will entice young people into the industry, and also ensure sustainability even with our growing population.

    Click here to read more.

    Edible, Biodegradable Food Packaging

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    Edible, biodegradable food packaging sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but researchers are hoping it will become a reality for consumers.

    Check out the article here!

    Checking Sheep with Drones


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    Check out how a DRONE checks sheep in New Zealand and technology helps advance agriculture. View the article here.

    What Does Bill Gates Think About Agriculture?

    Technology is transforming farming even in the world’s poorest countries. Bill Gates shares how the future of agriculture will shape up.

    Check out this cool animated video here

    Beef GHG Footprint Shrank

    “Efficiencies in cattle production and feeding have allowed Canada’s beef industry to produce the same weight in beef as 30 years ago with smaller breeding herds, less land — and smaller greenhouse gas (GHG) output, a new study finds.”

    http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/daily/study-finds-canadian-beefs-ghg-footprint-shrunk-over-30-years 

    (Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

    United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

    The United Nations has released 17 Sustainable Development Goals – from ZERO HUNGER to RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION, we all need to work together to achieve these valuable goals. Learn more here
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    Bill Gates and John Green - African Ag

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    Although John struggles pronouncing the word ‘hectares’ his points are valid. Africa has 60% of the world’s potential farmland and if Best Management Practices and technologies were implemented they would be a powerhouse.

    Rise of Ugly Food

    You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but sometimes looks really don’t matter. Take misshapen and imperfect fruits and veggies, for instance. Until now, they’ve been chopped and whirred into soup or sometimes straight into compost instead of hitting store shelves. That’s despite the fact that much of this “too ugly” produce has nothing wrong with it beyond appearance.


    Africa Needs Nitrogen

    What can be done about badly depleted nitrogen levels in Africa’s soil? Check out the article here

    Saskatchewan Grains: From Field to Port


    With a Trace


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    At the national level, Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) is now in the implementation phase of a program that will streamline traceability across the country. The ‘National Quality Code’ program will require participants to meet certain requirements in order to use the National Quality Code (NQC) mark on their cartons. The entire supply chain may be involved in the program, and each involved party must meet the criteria.

    Read more about this new development click here.


    Straight Talk on Hormones in Beef

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    Canada’s Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has collected some interesting stats on the estrogen level in beef.

    A 75-gram serving of beef from cattle treated with hormone implants contains two nanograms (ng~one billionth of a gram) of estrogen.

    “A person would need to eat 3,000,000 hamburgers made with beef from implanted cattle to get as much estrogen as the average adult woman produces every day, or 50,000 hamburgers to get as much estrogen as the average adult man produces every day” says BCRC’s science director, Dr. Reynold Bergen.

    Considering there are about 45,000 ng of estrogen in 75 grams of white bread, the bun probably has far more estrogen than the beef!

    To read more from this article, click here.


    What is Gluten?


    Gluten is becoming a mainstream topic these days, with gluten-free diets becoming increasingly popular.

    But what is gluten and why is it important?

    Plain and simple, gluten is a protein. This protein is found in wheat, rye, and barley. (It’s also found in triticale. Triticale is a relatively new grain – it is most similar to wheat, but can be grown more like rye. So some people just consider it part of the wheat family.) Any food that has wheat, rye, barley, or triticale in the ingredients list will contain gluten.

    To get a little more complicated (but not much, don’t worry), gluten is one big protein that is a combination of two little proteins. These little proteins are called glutenin and gliadin. When flour gets wet (like with water when you’re making dough), glutenin and gliadin combine to make gluten. The gluten is activated by the water and by kneading.

    To read more about gluten, click here or watch the video below.


    Rise of the Field Drones


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    When the corn begins to grow in research fields used by the University of Illinois, a robot sets to work.

    It goes up and down the rows, hoeing out weeds and applying herbicide. It is slow, but it works 24 hours a day in most kinds of weather and has few needs except batteries and a computer signal.

    Welcome to the future — and it’s already here.

    Read more about how robots are becoming an integrated part of agriculture.


    Farmers Look After their Livestock



    Among the agriculture stories consumers need to hear are those that show the industry has known all along they were there. It has not just suddenly discovered them. Farmers have anticipated society’s needs and have long taken measures to keep food safe and affordable.

    Learn more about how farmers take care of livestock here.



    Facts

    Your Food: Farm to Table

    A lot has changed and improved since farming first began. Watch the video to learn how food production has developed over time to bring food from the farm to your fork at home.

    Sources of Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

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    Did you know that cows have best friends? Did you also know that cows are a source of greenhouse gas emissions?
    Along with livestock, some agricultural practices are sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Click here to learn more about these sources, and how to manage them responsibly.

    Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada

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    Canadian Native Pollinators 

    Click the link above for an interesting read about Canada’s native bee population.

    Meet Nitrogen!

    Nitrogen is a nutrient that is essential to plant growth and health.

    Watch this video to learn more about Nitrogen, and how it is used in sustainable food production!

    The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Strawberry

    Follow the journey of a strawberry from the farm to the refrigerator to understand all it takes to bring food to us as consumers.
    Did you know 40% of food ends up in our garbage, wasted?
    This is the largest contributor to US landfills, and strains many resources other than just food.

    Click below, or go directly to youtube and watch the video here

    Growing Season 2014

    Follow Jay Schultz on his family farm from seeding to harvest growing wheat, canola and peas.


    To feed 9 billion people we will need to increase food production by 60%


    60% More Food A North American farmer in the 1900’s produced enough food for 10 people. Today’s farmer feeds over 120 people and tomorrow’s farmer will have to feed even more. By 2050, our growing population will require the equivalent of all the food grown in the last 500 years put together.


    The Real Dirt on Farming

    Sustainability Barrel

    The Sustainability Barrel is a visual tool to help understand the importance of keeping Economic, Social and Environmental factors in balance.



    The Ripple Effect

    Agriculture has a ripple effect on communitites and countries around the world. Watch this video to see how a single seed can help transform the world.



    Best Management Practices

    Best Management Practices help farmers grow more crops on less land, using less nutrients and less water, and that makes these practices critical as we work to feed the world in our Journey to 2050!



    What is Fertilizer?

    The three main fertilizer nutrients all come from nature: Nitrogen (N)=air, Phosphorus (P)=ancient sea life, Potassium (K)=evaporated oceans. They are simply packaged and applied when and where they are needed, in the proper balance based on science (Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place).


    98% of Farms are Family Farms


    98% Farms are Family Owned


    What's the Limiting Factor?


    Agriculture is the foundation for life. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE balances economic, social and environmental factors for long term success.

    What is the Limiting Factor?

    Sustainable agriculture is the efficient production of food and fibre in a way that optimizes economic, social and environmental factors for long term success.

    These factors are composed of many interdependent elements, such as soil health (environment), infrastructure (social) and employment (economic).

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    A community is only as successful as the least developed sustainability factor. We must continually improve the weakest one.
    Improving the weakest sustainability factor helps future generations thrive.

    SustainabilityThree elements: Economic, Social and Environment

    Sustainability varies across the globe with each factor facing different opportunities and challenges. It is clear that the more we collaborate now, the better the world will be.

    Global Footprint Calculator



    Footprint Calculator
    – How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth.

    Sustainable Cattle


    Cattle producers understand the need to raise more beef using fewer resources. Global meat demand is expected to surge by 70 per cent by 2050 due to a growing world population, particularly the middle class. The global livestock industry needs to ensure that they are able to meet this demand by supplying high quality protein while optimizing the use and sustainability of limited natural resources.

    Learn more about sustainable cattle raising practices.

    HUNGRY? 70 vs 48 loaves of bread

    Depending on the size of the loaf and quality of grain

    • 1 bushel of fertilized wheat = 60lbs (27 kg) = around 70 loaves of bread
    • 1 bushel wheat grown without nutrients = 40lbs (18 kg) = 48 loaves of bread

    What is a Bushel? A large basket about the size of a round laundry basket is the unit used to measure yield or the amount of a crop produced. While a bushel container might look the same for apples, potatoes or wheat, the weight changes because of a product’s size and density. Today an acre is equal to 43,560 square feet. That’s about the size of a football field, not including the two end zones. A modern combine can harvest 1,000 bushels (60 pounds = one bushel of wheat) per hour.

     

    Double Crop Yields

    Food produced with organic or fertilizer nutrients have the same health and nutritional benefits, however, fertilizers can produce as much as 50% more crop on the same land used. We can grow more food on less land than in the past.

    Speed of Technology


    There is a need for more crops, but harvesting more crops would take up more time.

    However, thanks to advancements with technology. It now takes about 9 seconds to harvest enough wheat to make 70 loaves of bread.



    4R Nutrient Stewardship of Rice



    Rice is one of the most important cereal crops in eastern India as well as South Asia as a whole. 4R Nutrient Stewardship helps enhancing rice productivity with better economic return and environmental sustainability. The video describes how to implement the concept of 4R Nutrient Stewardship to the rice field considering Burdwan, West Bengal as an example.

    Plant a Seed to Ripple

    The act of planting seeds starts a ripple effect that helps a farm family, their community, their country and the world. The ripple of greater crop yields means that farmers have more money to invest in more farm inputs and best management practices, which can in turn produce more crops and protect the environment. As more income is generated the farm can then invest in local communities to support education, medical care, infrastructure and local services.

    The ripple will need to go all around the world if we are to feed the entire population by 2050.

    Water is Essential and Limited

    Earth

    • Over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water.
    • Only 2.5 per cent of the Earth’s limited supply is fresh water
    • And only 0.3% of that is accessible and clean for us to use


    By 2050 as many as 4.8 billion people will face water stress if nothing is done today

    Half the World


    Soils Sustain Life




    Will a Sheep's Wool Grow Forever?


    Half the World
    Ever wonder what happens what a sheep’s wool isn’t sheered regularly?

    Here is a great story about Shrek the Sheep, who avoided hair cuts like some people avoid the doctor. For six years, this New Zealand libertarian managed to avoid spring shearings by hiding in a cave.

    Farming in the Wild


    Just because you plant crops doesn’t mean local, wild animals move away. In fact, the local wildlife comes to dine. Most farmers welcome the neighbors as wildlife connects them to the land and makes life more interesting.
    In this video, several southern Alberta farmers share their perspectives about the nature around them.


    Not Grandpa's Farm


    It may be Grandpa’s farm but it isn’t Grandpa’s farming. Technology transformation and modern farming realities mean that today’s farmers need advanced education and lifelong learning to succeed. Farming Smarter helps with lifelong learning.

     

    Testimonials

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    I really liked the farming game and this is a really cool program because it’s what kids my age will face when we are adults.

    Mathew Lecky, Grade 7, Calgary, AB
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    Journey 2050 is that multimedia experience needed to really 'hook' today's learners. Students are very driven by competition and media gaming experience and Journey 2050 really drove home the sustainability point for urban and rural students. A very astute observation regarding the barrel balance from a student was, "Social (people) is the key factor to balance because our choices drive the market and affect the environmental balance."

    Sue Meggers, Grade 8 Teacher, Iowa, USA