Category Archives: Family Farms

Farming in Alberta

When Canadians and other non-Albertans think about agriculture in Alberta, their first thought likely jumps to beef. This makes sense, with over 3 million heads of cattle, Alberta produces half of Canada’s beef and Alberta beef is enjoyed as a luxury around the world. But beef is not all we do here in AB, and […]

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Have You Heard About Alberta’s Newest Provincial Park?

It often seems like Albertans take a lot of criticism from our fellow Canadians for being driven by oil and having a complete disregard for the environment. I can say with certainty, that those who say so have not met the vast majority of Albertans or Alberta farmers. In fact, Alberta’s newest Provincial Park is […]

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Winter Farm Chores Then and Now

Those who haven’t owned or worked on a farm sometimes get the idea that farmers can just take the winter off. With the snow moved in, the hay in the barn, and the crops all harvested, there can’t be much for a farmer to do from November to April, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. […]

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About Barns

A barn is an all purpose agricultural building. It’s used for housing livestock, storing crops and equipment, and is the place many farmers find themselves spending a lot of time. Barns can be large or small. Sometimes they’re one purpose, often they serve many functions and have offices, work benches, tack rooms, and feed rooms, […]

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Reaching Retirement Dreams

Last month we talked about Len Brown. He came to us just after his 64th birthday on the recommendation of his account manager. Len and his wife Lucille knew they wanted to retire and move closer to their kids within the next year, but they weren’t sure how to accomplish that goal. The problem was […]

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Just Like the City Guys

Retirement has this nasty habit of sneaking up on a person. I, for one, have had the privilege of meeting many great farmers who have found themselves celebrating their 70th birthday only to realize they have no concrete retirement plans. One of these fantastic gentlemen that I’ve worked with over the years was Len Brown. […]

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A Legacy Restored – The Braken Family Case Part Two

Last month I talked about how a legacy of great people and profitable ranching had been almost destroyed by a well-meaning but poorly written will. That the Braken family had been reduced from a one of the greatest farming families into broken plots of land that divided both the farm and the family. Upset and […]

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A Legacy – The Braken Family

I’m going to be honest with you, I never met John Braken, nor did I meet his son Dave, nor Dave’s wife Madge. They’d all passed away by the time I came in contact with their family, the confusing and troubling legal mess their children, grandchildren, and other relatives had inherited, and their legacy for […]

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A Life Skill that Comes Free with Farming

Farming can be a foreign thing that people understand leads to food being at a grocery store, but mostly they’ve only ever seen a chicken served on styrofoam and wrapped in plastic. Farming can be a curiosity. Something that people stop by once a decade to poke around and marvel at. Farming can be a […]

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Intergenerational Farm Rollover

  Deciding what to do with the family farm when you retire is not something that should be taken lightly. There are several options and each of them has its own complications and tax implications.  In fact, every farmer should start to weigh their options and begin to make retirement plans years in advance of […]

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The Family Farm is Alive and Well in Canada

People used to lament the demise of the family farm in Canada. They said that farming was being taken over by heartless mega-corporations that were usually foreign owned. Truth is, the Canadian family farm isn’t disappearing, it’s just getting bigger. Stats Canada’s 2011 Census of Agriculture shows that the number of farms in Canada is […]

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Happy family with land for sale Alberta

Do You Want Your Children to Take Over the Family Farm?

For most Alberta family farms, the land has been passed down from one generation to another for many, many years. But, the world of farming has changed drastically in the past few decades, and you may be wondering whether you even want your children to take over the farm… or if that’s a viable financial […]

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