Have you ever been north of the 49th parallel?
That’s where the Canadian and U.S. borders meet. With one of the largest bilateral trading relationships in the world, these two north American neighbors enjoy $47 billion worth of agricultural trade annually. But what do these similarities and differences in both countries mean to modern day farmers and ranchers?
Introducing “RealAg Radio,” the new show that explores both sides of the 49th parallel, highlighting the Canadian and American ag industries to demonstrate how they are directly linked through trade agreements, waterways, and integrated value chains and how current ag issues affect farmers and ranchers in both countries.
Produced by RealAgriculture.com, “RealAg Radio” offers ag enthusiasts everywhere an opportunity to learn about and experience an inside look at North American agriculture. Hosted by ag experts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner of RealAgriculture.com, the new series will feature the latest headlines from around the world of ag and include discussions on current events, markets, agronomy, machinery, farm management, and cover real time issues impacting broadacre farmers, beef and dairy producers, and agriculture in general. The series will feature agriculture experts, weekly topical segments, and special guest interviews to bring listeners a deep dive view of the agriculture news they need to run their daily operations.
“Since 2013, RURAL RADIO Channel 147 has been providing excellent rural programming to SiriusXM subscribers. Canadian agriculture is a critical part of the North American market and “RealAg Radio” will share that story,” said Haney. “We’re excited to connect RURAL RADIO listeners.”
“RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO are always looking to expand our Canadian content and “RealAg Radio” is a huge step forward to help fill the demand from millions of our viewers and listeners who want more information,” stated Patrick Gottsch, Founder & President of Rural Media Group, Inc. “We look forward to working with Shaun to not only better serve our large, and growing, television and radio audience in both Canada and the U.S., but just as important, to increase the variety of crops being covered while providing exposure for other market perspectives as we strive to report on worldwide agricultural conditions.”
“RealAg Radio” segments will mirror what readers and listeners of RealAgriculture.com have come to expect, from dynamic coverage of world-class conferences, to in-depth agronomic know-how, and on to insight and commentary into current events shaping the global agriculture industry.
“I find that whether you are in Carrot River, Saskatchewan, or Franklin, Tennessee, you are faced by many of the same issues as a farmer or rancher. Market conglomeration, access to credit, and volatile commodity prices are faced by all growers no matter where they farm or ranch.” – Shaun Haney, founder RealAgriculture.com.
Catch “RealAg Radio” weekdays at 4 p.m. ET on RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM. For more information, go to RealAgRadio.com or RealAgriculture.com. To get the full schedule visit RURALRADO147.com.
Weekly Segments Featured on “RealAg Radio”
Wheat Pete’s Word
Get timely agronomic advice through a weekly call-in segment called “Wheat Pete’s Word.” Whether you grow corn, soybeans, wheat, canola or pulses, this agronomy feature will provide you with sound advice and practical tips for your operation. Hosted by nationally recognized, self- proclaimed “Wild Man” — Peter Johnson, you’ll get the latest insight applicable to wheat, corn, and soy agronomy to growers in North America.
Beef Market Update with Anne Wasko
With more than 30 years’ experience, Anne Wasko brings you the latest in the North American cattle markets, providing key analysis of cattle data, statistics, and insight on how these two tight-knit borders navigate frequent shipments of cattle and boxed beef within the guidelines of mutually beneficial trade deals like NAFTA.
Mind Your Farm Business
Hosted by a variety of agricultural experts, this weekly segment will feature the latest farm management practices ensuring that listeners have very practical advice to improve their bottom line. Guest will include Jolene Brown, David Kohl, Robert Saik, and more.
Farmers across North America love to
drive, view, and talk machinery. Hosted by Saskatchewan grain farmer Jim Hale, this weekly segment will feature special guests as they discuss the latest in machinery news, trends, and issues impacting farmers across North America.
The RealAgriculture field team brings you the latest coverage from the top agriculture conferences and trade shows. Coverage will include events such as the National Farm Machinery Show, Farm Progress Show, the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, and the World Dairy Expo. Field editors include Bernard Tobin, Lyndsey Smith,
Debra Murphy. Listeners will also hear from regular expert guests, such as Owen Roberts, Andrew Campbell, and other ag experts featured regularly on RealAgriculture.com.
Hosts of “RealAg Radio”
Founder of RealAgriculture.com, Shaun Haney manages one of the leading industry digital sites for Canadian farmers and ranchers across the country. In just over eight years Haney has grown RealAgriculture.com to be a digital ag news leader in Canada serving farmers across the country covering the latest agriculture, agronomics, current events and farm show news. Shaun was raised on a seed farm just outside of Picture Butte and continues to work with the family business, Haney Farms, a venerable company established in 1927.
Kelvin Heppner is a seasoned agriculture broadcaster and field editor for RealAgriculture.com. Heppner started working in radio when he was 16 and has now been in the world of radio and online media for over a decade, focusing primarily on Canadian agriculture. Heppner has an agribusiness degree from the University of Manitoba, was named the Broadcaster’s Association of Manitoba “Broadcaster of Tomorrow” in 2011, and has been recognized for his ag reporting and writing by the Canadian Farm Writers Federation. When he’s not busy breaking the latest ag news, Kelvin is raising a growing family near Altona, Manitoba, where he also farms with his dad, growing grain and running a broiler breeder chicken operation.