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As the agricultural industry changes rapidly, sometimes the structure of a business no longer holds up. In Abbotsford, British Columbia, one business is making a strong recovery after a dramatic change. After more than 60 years as the Abbotsford Growers Co-Op, the organization faced financial...

Since 1989, Absorbent Products Ltd. has been Canada’s exclusive producer of diatomaceous earth (DE), a naturally occurring sedimentary rock primarily composed of silica. The Kamloops-based company is the only DE producer in Canada that owns its...

When Cao Chun Hua came to Canada from the Jilin Province in China, he could barely read, write or speak English, but he had a vision. “In August 1988 on a government-sponsored exchange program, I came to Saskatchewan because it twinned with my home province of Jilin China,” says Hua, now...

Over the course of the last century, the agricultural equipment industry has become an increasingly consolidated market, saturated by worldwide brands. Equipment manufacturing is now a concentrated industry as the workload on the farm rises to meet global demand and more efficient, versatile...

In 2004, Blaine Welsh cofounded Agro Guys Inc. in Galahad, Alberta. A locally-owned and operated business, Agro Guys is an independent agricultural-retail outlet currently serving the Flagstaff farming community. The company began...

Canada produces a significant portion of the world’s grains and legumes and Agrocorp Canada facilitates a large percentage of those exports. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, the firm is a fully owned subsidiary of Agrocorp...

Founded in 2007 by the Agresti family, the family-owned and –operated enterprise grows, packs and ships a wide range of root vegetables to customers throughout North and South America, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Europe from its headquarters in Holland Landing, Ontario....

Ontario is home to a vast expanse of farmland, so it’s no coincidence that according to the 2011 census of agriculture, the province is also home to more than 50,000 farms. While there are still small-scale operations, the family-owned farm is somewhat of a dying breed in the age of mass farming...

Rancher-owned and –operated BC Livestock Producers Co-Operative Association (BC Livestock) oversees four stockyards throughout British Columbia. With locations in Kamloops, Williams Lake, Okanagan Falls and Vanderhoof, the cooperative works directly with over 1,500 cattle producers and holds...

Food itself isn’t an option. There are plenty of options, though, when choosing the kind of food to feed a family. Beretta Organic Farms provides a number of good choices.

The family-owned and -operated farm, which is located in King Township just north of Toronto, specializes in raising...

On Wilson Street in the small town of Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, Birch Hills Cooperative Association Ltd. has been an integral part of the close-knit community for the last 74 years. Established in March 1941, Birch Hills serves as a one-stop shop for petroleum and fuel products, hardware and...

Known as a “City in the Country,” Abbotsford, British Columbia, is one of the main agricultural hubs of western Canada. In this region, nestled on the flatlands of the Sumas Prairie between the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains, east of Vancouver is Birchwood Dairy Farm (Birchwood), a...

For 67 years and through four generations, Blair’s Family of Companies has been building, sustaining and protecting the livelihood of farmers in central Saskatchewan. As a full-service agriculture retailer with diverse in-...

Canada has developed a multibillion-dollar pulse industry which has increased year-over-year in the last decade. Saskatchewan is at the heart of this industry, home to the majority of pulse production. In Avonlea, Saskatchewan, Blue Hills Processors...

Boviteq has been a strong partner in the bovine genetics field since 1986. The technologically oriented firm is a leader in Canada and a fierce competitor in the United States. With a range of finely honed genetic and reproductive...

In a world where most transactions are completed electronically, there are still a few businesses that run on a face-to-face conversation and the simplicity of a handshake, one of which is Brussels Livestock (Brussels). The Ontario-based division of Gamble & Rogers Ltd. (Gamble & Rogers...

Since 1953, Brussels Livestock has been one of Ontario’s largest and most trusted livestock auction houses. For over 60 years, Brussels has been connecting sellers and buyers, ensuring mutual success and fair market value for their livestock.

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Now a fully employee-owned company, Canadian Exotic Grains began as G.H. Schweitzer Enterprises Ltd. in 1981. Gary Schweitzer established the business. As a local grower, Schweitzer wanted to boost his marketing power as a producer...

If ambition and confidence were commodities, one could safely assume that Greg Appleyard, president of Cattleland Feedyards Ltd. (Cattleland), possessed a surplus. Although he’s still in his mid-30s, Appleyard has transformed the feed yard in Strathmore that he purchased at the age of 27 into...

Tom and Carol Chudleigh took over the family apple farm over 40 years ago, helping to cement the reputation of Chudleigh’s Apple Farm Ltd. (Chudleigh’s) as a cornerstone of the local business community and a pioneer of delicious treats. And the family tradition continues, as two of Tom and Carol...

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