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5 Incredible Ag Innovations competing for huge cash prize in “Dragon’s Den” style format at 2019 Agr-Trade Equipment Expo


From Agri-Trade

Agri-Trade Equipment Expo announces 2019 Ag Innovations Finalists set to compete for $25,000

The 35th Agri-Trade Equipment Expo is set to open at Westerner Park in Red Deer from November 6th to 8th, 2019. For three days explore the newest equipment, technology, and services in the agriculture industry – not just in Western Canada, but globally – including the newest in agricultural innovations.

Innovation is the lifeblood of agriculture, and Agri-Trade is where agricultural producers get to experience it first- hand. Each year, companies are invited to enter their newest ideas and advancements into the Ag Innovations program. This year will mark the 12th year of the program and we are taking it to a whole new level. We are excited to announce that a $20,000 grand prize will be awarded to one winner of five finalists that will go head to head and compete on Thursday, November 7th at 3:00 p.m. at Agri-Trade.

Using a Dragon’s Den style format, each finalist will be given five minutes to present to a panel of judges for the$20,000 prize. Attendees will help select the winner of our “Farmers Choice Award” who will receive $5,000.

“The top five finalists are from all different sectors of agriculture and we cannot wait to see them compete head- to-head at Agri-Trade.” comments Rod Bradshaw, Ag Innovations Committee Chair and Innisfail area crop andvegetable producer. “The technology is diversifying every year, and the ideas keep getting better. This competition gives finalists an opportunity to make the perfect pitch to an audience of qualified buyers.”

Introducing the top 5 finalists in no particular order:


You need a fast and convenient way to compare grain bids—you need Farmbucks! We have developed real-time technology that links YOU with up to the minute GRAIN PRICING! We work together with top buyers in our industry to collect, sort and display the very best prices for growers. At Farmbucks we know that your growing area is unique, and our display metrics target your specific areas of concern. Our app is brimming with extra value, including: built-in discount and premium schedules, quick contact-links to buyers, pricing alerts and price history charting. While you work in the field, we work for you—Never miss a best-price-opportunity,


New to Western Canada HydraGEN is a Carbon Emission Reduction Technology. The kit can be installed
on any OEM Equipment with a Diesel Engine. Also Diesel Generators or Pumps can be equipped with an HydraGEN Box. Inside the HydraGEN box there is a reactor that splits distilled water into the two gases H2 and O2 which then gets injected near the turbo on the air intake. This technology has been tested and received fuel savings result from 6 to 20%. From the emission side the reductions are enormous and create new standards. http://redm-



The Dot Power Platform is a mobile diesel-powered platform designed to handle a large variety of implements commonly used in agriculture, mining and construction. Its U-shaped frame facilitates the direct loading of implements, so that, once loaded, the implement “becomes one” with the mobile powered platform.
Working for farmers, Dot completes tasks autonomously and enables farmers to spend more of their time focusing on the overall operation of their farms.



Agrirepel® Grain Bags are the only proven effective bird, rodent & raccoon repellent grain bags. The revolutionary plastic film repels pests for up to two years. Safe, all-natural, non-toxic and made with the highest quality materials, the Agrirepel® range of products are helping farmers save time and money while protecting the animals and the environment.


The SIWI Combi Hitch available from Future AG is an auto hitching system that connects the tractor to an implement in a matter of seconds without requiring the operator to leave the seat of the tractor. The SIWI hitch connects hydraulic couplers, PTO drivelines and electrical harnessing with the push of a button allowing implements to be connected and disconnected quickly and effortlessly. The operator will stay safely clear of high- pressure lines and moving driveshafts while saving machine hours, labor hours and frustration.

“We look forward to showcasing these finalists along with the rest of the exhibitors at Agri-Trade this year.”comments Dave Fiddler, Agri-Trade Show Manager. “Please join us Thursday, November 7th at 3:00pm for this exciting competition.”

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Farmers Rock for AG at Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon



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Ag Rocks For Charity is a cool initiative.

Nick Saik puts his massive skills to good work in this video showcasing some harmonica riffls along with a fine pitch for donating to his charity of choice Agriculture In The Classroom. Nick is our partner in Todayville Agriculture and we are cheering him on in his quest to raise $5 grand. Or as he puts it, “…Teaching Kids by Beating My Dad…”.

It’s part of the AG Rocks For Charity initiative, a fun component of the Farm Forum Event, a 3 day conference in Saskatoon, SK (Dec. 3rd to 5th). The video tells you all about how passionate Nick is about laying a fiscal beating on his pa.

AG ROCKS FOR CHARITY is a highlight of the weekend.  Here’s how it works.  Some very talented volunteers compete to raise the most money and profile for their charity of choice. Click here for the entire talent line up, other important links, and more information.

We’re excited about all of the performances, but in particular, we’re pushing our own hometown hero Nick Saik.



Nick Saik, President of Know Ideas Media, filmmaker, media entrepreneur, musician, dad

As noted, Nick’s charity of choice is  Agriculture In The Classroom. In Nick’s words, “…helping kids get excited about food production is critical for the long term public trust of agriculture, and nobody is better at giving kids good information than Ag In The Classroom…”

We’ve heard Nick perform before, and recently caught him strumming his guitar and brushing up on some Garth and The Band.  From what we’re hearing, his interpretations of Friends in Low Places and The Weight are certainly worthy of the price of admission right there.

Nick’s also a talented filmmaker. If you want to see some of his handiwork, check out this story featuring a brilliant short video he produced called “Nut Milking Exposed”, now viewed well north of 50 million times.

The Farm Forum Event is a three-day conference that brings together progressive farmers, agricultural professionals and academics to learn about where game-changing innovation and the latest AG research connects with practical on-farm operations.

Here’s a short promotional video for Ag Rocks for Charity (also produced by Nick – like I said, he’s a talented guy.  Help him out please!

Please consider donating – Agriculture in the Classroom is a great initiative.  Or maybe you need a vacation.  Check out this cool travel story on Todayville Red Deer.

“India? Are you nuts?” Join Gerry for Part 1 of his series on India.




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Producers have more than weather on their minds, FCC survey shows



From Farm Credit Canada

Producers have more than weather on their minds, FCC survey shows


Regina, Saskatchewan, November 12, 2019 – Canadian producers are thinking well beyond weather conditions, commodity prices and yields when it comes to weighing their risks, according to a recent Farm Credit Canada (FCC) survey.

While production-related risks – such as weather, pests and disease – are still very much top of mind in every sector of Canadian agriculture, producers are also keenly aware of risks related to marketing, financial and human resources (matters involving employees, partners and family).

“Modern farming involves so much more than making decisions around production,” said Craig Klemmer, FCC’s principal agricultural economist. “It means keeping tabs on markets; ensuring your business can withstand sudden changes in commodity prices or economic conditions; and managing human resources while maintaining a safe work environment.”

The survey, conducted from July 11-15, showed a majority of farm operators reported a high level of concern for marketing (67 per cent of respondents), production (60 per cent) and financial (53 per cent) risks. Human resources and legal risks were less of a concern at 31 per cent and 23 per cent, respectively.

Looking at risk through the lens of individual sectors, marketing risks were most prominent among beef and grains/oilseed sector producers at 74 per cent, followed by the fruit/vegetable/greenhouse sector at 58 per cent and the supply managed sectors of dairy and poultry at 55 per cent and 53 per cent, respectively. Price and market access were among the top concerns.

Financial risk ranked highest among dairy, hog, cattle and other livestock producers, in the mid-50-per-cent range, and was slightly lower for the grains/oilseed and fruit/vegetable/greenhouse sectors. Financial risk was significantly less of a concern for poultry producers at 36 per cent.

Ensuring there is sufficient working capital was the most prominent financial concern across all sectors, followed by unfavourable changes in interest rates and meeting debt payment obligations. Almost 65 per cent of the respondents identified insufficient working capital as a risk to their operation. Out of this group, about 45 per cent indicated relying on off-farm income to mitigate this financial risk.

Transitioning farm operations to the next generation was identified as a concern for 44 per cent of respondents, with about half of those respondents indicating they have a succession plan. Transition concerns were the most prominent among grains/oilseeds and dairy producers, while workplace safety was a common concern among all sectors.

The survey also explored a variety of production-related risks. Concerns about the weather were most prominent in grains/oilseeds and beef sectors, while concerns related to pests and disease were mostly on the minds of poultry producers.

“The good news is most producers are in a solid financial position to withstand short-term impacts on their business,” Klemmer said. “We encourage producers to have a risk management plan that pulls together mitigation strategies, as well as identifies key risks and available solutions to manage these risks before they emerge.”

The survey involved 1,363 producers considered key decision makers for their operations. Based on the sample size, the survey has a margin of error plus/minus 2.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

By sharing agriculture survey results, FCC provides solid insights and expertise to help those in the business of agriculture achieve their goals. For more information and insights on Canadian agriculture, visit the FCC Ag Economics blog post at To learn more about the FCC Vision Panel, visit

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $36 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits are reinvested back into the agriculture and food industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work while providing an appropriate return to our shareholder. Visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.


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