The automation of Agriculture: Part 1
For an industry that's long been plagued by shortages of qualified labour, the advent of robotic assistants is a welcome development. We can expect to see more robots taking their place in agricultural enterprises. A 2014 study by Wintergreen Research finds that worldwide markets for agriculture and agrifood robots are poised for significant growth. It projects global sales at more than $16 billion by 2020.Jan 22, 2015
General Rick Hillier
General Rick Hillier on leading with optimism and focusing on people.Nov 18, 2013
Dr. John Fast
Succession planning expert Dr. John Fast explains why it's difficult (especially for men) to choose a successor.Jul 17, 2013
Communications expert Peter Gredig shares what's new with tablets on the farm.Sep 25, 2013
The Automation of Agriculture: Observations and conclusions Part III
Automation is becoming an increasingly important feature of agricultural production. In dairying, livestock production and horticulture, smart machines can do more of the physical and mental work. And as the reach of automation grows, so do the implications for owners, managers and employees.Mar 11, 2015
Approaching an era of labour shortage
Demographic pressure is building within Canada’s labour market. Projections call for fewer potential entrants into Canada’s labour market to replace those who could retire - and this may be the situation right up to 2025.Jul 3, 2014
Why We Need to Care About Food and Beverage Manufacturing in Canada
Canada’s current trade balance in the food and beverage manufacturing sector – a negative $6.5 billion - points to a changed landscape. In 2004, the trade deficit was less than $1.0 billion.Feb 20, 2014
Will a labour shortage impact agricultural growth?
In agriculture, an industry that has seen its GDP grow at an average annual rate of two per cent from 1997 to 2012, the spectre of such a shortage raises concerns about the sustainability of the industry’s economic growth.Jul 7, 2014
What are your big rocks?
Find out how to address the important tasks for your farm and family and make the most of your time.Feb 25, 2016
Heinz – Kraft merger: What does it mean for Canadian food processors?
The recent Kraft-Heinz merger has implications for Canada's food processors to remain competitive.Apr 9, 2015