Author: Owen Roberts

New centre is a big step forward for farmers’ wellbeing

Last week’s announcement of the new Canadian Centre for Agricultural Wellbeing is a welcome move in support of farmers’ mental health. The centre’s focus on action is what’s needed to help food producers deal with the daunting challenges – such as weather, disease, prices – they face every day. Photo: RealAgriculture.

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Agriculture and food are matters of national security

US President Biden is enlisting the Dept. of Homeland Security to get tough about potential threats to the country’s food supply. Canada doesn’t have the same resources as the U.S., but a home-grown, real-time technology for meat processing lines could help improve one of the biggest threats – food safety. Photo: The Hill.

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Encourage and reward farmers for being good stewards

Farmers have long asked to be credited for the important environmental work they do – such as sequestering greenhouse gases through careful pasture management and cropping practices. Now, an Alberta insurance plan is proposing to reward farmers who maintain high levels of organic matter in their soils. It’s a science-based strategy that benefits us all. Photo:

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Owen Roberts is a faculty member in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications program at the University of Illinois. As an agricultural journalist, he is the past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation. His programs and research papers have been recognized nationally and internationally through awards from the Journal of Applied Communications, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Association for Communications Excellence, and others.

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