Food and drink: Oh, the joys of farming 

A glimpse behind the curtain of that hamburger on your plate

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Of course, all of these products are tested and determined by regulators to be food safe but, still, one can only wonder about the numbers and varieties - do they test them in combinations? Is this what it really takes be a successful farmer?

Which brings us to a final and quintessential point: financial success. If what I saw at the ag show is a glimpse of costs involved to be a working farmer, you'll not be getting me near a farm any time soon.

How about $18 million for a dairy operation in Saskatchewan? Or nearly $6 million for a grain farm in Manitoba and it's only got 3,000 acres, way below the recommended 8,000 acres to be financially viable.

Then there's the equipment. That infrared blueberry sorter will set you back $90,000, the laser one a mere $75,000. An orchard vine shredder comes in at $15,000. But if you were up for a bargain at the show, you could pick up a cattle feed processor for just under $50,000.

No wonder the most popular exhibit was the booth featuring beds and chairs that massage you. Now those will soothe your farming headaches if you're brave enough to venture forth in the first place.

 

Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who always admired her aunt and uncle who homesteaded a section in Peace River country.

 

 

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