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Great Black Friday deals for farmers and rural residents

Black Friday is just another work day on the farm — livestock doesn’t stop eating and machines won’t winterize themselves. But we also don’t want you to miss out. Everyone in 2022 is taking advantage of shopping deals the day after Thanksgiving, whether it’s to fill a Christmas stocking or simply to replace some much-needed items for the shelves in your workshop. These are the kinds of Black Friday deals for farmers and rural residents that we should pay attention to.

Amazon is no doubt a giant when it comes to shopping, and because many of us likely live at least 30 minutes from Walmart or Target or anything bigger than a Dollar General, we often look to the online retailer to find what we need. And, yes, Amazon goes big on Black Friday! 

The online retail giant has released major deals. And now that they’ve done so, we hope our list gives you a chance to get a jump on some of your shopping — and don’t leave out the awesome Prime membership with two-day shipping! This will be a rough year if you decide to wait until the last minute to do your shopping — supply chain issues have been bogging us down since the pandemic started two and a half years ago, and this season, many of the most-desired items for the holidays simply won’t be available if you don’t act quickly.

We’ll be working to keep everything up to date to the best of our abilities and adding new items as cool deal items show up! If you want to jump directly to Amazon’s Black Friday deals page, click this link, but out of the thousands of items on sale, here are 13 things that caught our eye for the Black Friday deals on Amazon’s website:


37% OFF — DEWALT 20V Max Cordless Drill Combo Kit

The DEWALT 20v Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit (1.5Ah) is composed of the DCF885 20V MAX Lithium-Ion 1/4 inch Impact Driver which is compact (5.55″ front to back) and lightweight (2.8 lbs.), designed to fit into tight areas. This unit offers one-handed loading 1/4″ hex chuck accepts 1″ bit tips, and also features a 3 LED light ring with 20 second delay to provide visibility without shadows. A belt hook is also included for portability on the worksite. The DCD771C2 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Drill/Driver is also compact and lightweight, designed to fit into tight areas.

This drill/driver offers a high performance motor that delivers 300 unit watts out (UWO) of power ability, which allows for a wide range of applications. This unit also features a high speed transmission that delivers 2 speeds (0-450 and 1,500 rpm) for a range of fastening and drilling applications. The 1/2″ single sleeve ratcheting chuck provides tight bit gripping strength, and the ergonomic handle delivers comfort and control. Both tools are part of the DEWALT 20-Volt MAX system and are compatible with all 20-Volt MAX batteries, chargers and accessories.

42% OFF — DuroMax XP12000EH Generator

DuroMax’s 12,000-watt Dual Fuel portable generator, nicknamed the “BEAST,” provides the power normally found in home standby units but in a portable package. Offering power and versatility, the generator is perfect for powering your home’s essential appliances and even central A/C through any power outage, storm, or emergency event. You can also easily transport this unit to the job or camp site. This Dual Fuel generator runs on either gasoline or propane, which provides the freedom and flexibility of fuel choice. This powerhouse generator is powered by a 457cc, DuroMax OHV Engine that feeds the fully loaded power panel allowing the user to pull up to the maximum 12,000 watts of power. The panel includes two 120V/20AMP outlets, one 120v/30AMP twist lock outlet, a 120/240V 30AMP outlet, and a 50-amp heavy duty outlet to power the most demanding needs. The panel also features a volt meter, circuit breakers, low oil indicator, idle control, and DuroMax’s unique MX2 switch, which doubles your 120-volt amperage for heavy loads.


29%OFF — NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves

The NoCry cut resistant gloves let you handle all your knives — the giant one, the normal one you use for everything, the super tiny one and the one with the weird holes in the middle — confidently. Without injuring yourself.

Made of food safe, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, nylon, polyester, glass fibre and spandex (for comfort), these gloves have been designed to resist cuts and nicks from even the sharpest blades.

32% OFF — AstroAI ATG250 Digital Tire Inflator

This tire inflator gauge makes filling tires extremely easy when using an air compressor. Instead of filling a tire by checking the pressure, adjusting, and repeating, simply press the handle of tire inflator gauge down to fill the tire to the exact pressure you want and then release the handle, it will stop filling. Besides, the tire inflator comes with an extra inflation needle and cone inflation adapters thus can quickly inflate balls, air pillows, cushions and mattresses for your convenience.


23% OFF — KUNN Tool Organizer For 5-Gallon Buckets

Made from 600D heavy duty polyester, this tool organizer that complements 3.5- to 5-gallon buckets is water resistant and tear proof, and it is durable enough to hold at least 33 pounds. Come with one softness bucket handle and features 26 different pockets along with a tape clip.


37% OFF — Caterpillar Core Second Shift Steel Toe Work Boot

This pair is a great deal price-wise, and they are a three-peat purchase of one of our staffers over the past dozen years. The Second Shift comes with a T3 rubber outsole, which delivers slip resistance for optimal traction. It also has Goodyear Welt Construction to provide maximum durability while offering forefoot flexibility, and they can protect against open circuits up to 600 volts in dry conditions. The Second Shift Steel Toe work boot delivers protection, comfort, and durability, and the rugged styling and quality leathers make this boot an easy everyday choice on and off the job.

21% OFF — DEWALT 8.25-Inch Table Saw

Maximized for accuracy and capacity the DEWALT 8-1/4 inch table saw includes on-board storage for blade guard assembly, non-through cut riving knife, anti-kickback pawls, blade change wrenches, miter gauge and push stick. The powerful DEWALT 15 amp, 5800 RPM motor allows users to complete a majority of applications. The rack and pinion fence allow for fast, easy adjustments and provides the capacity to rip 4×8 sheet goods.

41% OFF — Legendary Whitetails Rugged Full Zip Dakota Jacket

The Dakota is Legendary’s most unique, rugged casual jacket that can be worn with or without the removable hood and inner placket. Cotton fleece hood has an attached front zippered placket to add to the layered look. The cotton suede exterior has the timeless style of aged leather. The quilted cotton body lining for warmth and taffeta lined sleeves for comfort, and it has three outside and two inside pockets. 

13% OFF — Muck Boot Excursion Pro Mid Snow Boot

Ideal for the city commuter, the Excursion Pro will keep you comfortable and dry from wet and slushy conditions. They are designed to provide versatility with their everyday style and practicality with the Muck XpressCool lining that pull moisture away to help your feet breathe on warmer days. The combination of a lightweight EVA molded midsole and rubber pod EVA outsole ensure that your feet will stay comfortable and supported whatever the weather. They’re 100 percent waterproof and have a 4 mm neoprene liner.

29% OFF — Rimison 3/8″ Tractor Bucket Hooks

The surface of Rimison Loader Bucket Hook is double protected by hot-dip galvanizing and powder coating, which can effectively prevent rust and prolong the service life. The working load limit of each Grade 70 Bolt-On Grab Hook is 7500 pounds and its breaking strength reaches up to 15000 pounds. They allow you to fully utilize your small tractor’s loading potential.


15% OFF — Whiteduck Super Heavy Duty Poly Tarp

This able and lightweight tarp is made from high-density, tightly woven, made-to-last polyethylene fibers and woven into fabric which is then laminated on both sides. It uses rustproof brass grommets spaced every 18 inches or 1.5 feet apart, all around and at each corner allowing the tarps to be tied down easily and secured. The cut size is 8′ by 10′, while the finished size is 7’6″ by 9’6″.

38% OFF — KnifePlanet Knife Sharpening Stone Set

This sharpening set has high-density water stones that offer coarse, medium, and fine grits to sharpen all kinds of knives — and the flattening stone will help you keep your water stones flat all the time. It includes a 400/1000 Grit Whetstone, 3000/8000 Grit Whetstone, Flattening Stone, bamboo stone holder, and two black rubber bases.

36% OFF — AstroAI Tire Inflator Portable Air Compressor

The AstroAI portable air compressor provides portable inflation anywhere with its 110V AC / 12V DC power inputs and a rechargeable battery. A rechargeable battery pack and its charger are included. The tire pump will automatically analyze and accept the power input from 12V cigarette lighters, 110V home outlets, or its rechargeable battery. It includes both high-pressure and large-volume modes, and you can easily switch modes with one button. It offers ultra-fast inflation, as large-volume mode provides a maximum inflation rate of 350L/min, quickly inflating items. High-pressure mode pumps up to 160 PSI, inflating a flat tire from 0 PSI to 36 PSI in 5 minutes. Note: This pump is incompatible with heavy-duty trucks.

Of course, not everything we love is on sale for the Black Friday holiday. Here are some of the cool gift ideas we’d like to see a discount on!

agriculture degree mug

Do Not Confuse Your Google Search With My Agriculture Degree Stainless Steel Mug

This is our new go-to coffee mug! Who among us isn’t tired of the army of “keyboard farmers” on social media? This travel mug sums things up nicely, and is a perfect gift for anyone heading off to college or who has wrapped up their ag education. Just a heads up, though, this isn’t part of Amazon Prime, so expect delivery to take longer than a couple of days.

Carhartt Men’s Rugged Flex Rigby Double Front Pant

This is one of Carhartt’s newest items, and we’ve been testing it out for the past few weeks. Absolutely love it! It’s darn-near replaced most of our other farm pants. They sport a mid-weight canvas blend, which isn’t too hot in the warmer months, with the perfect amount of stretch for easy movement. And they’ve got all the traditional jean pockets — plus a secure right thigh phone pocket and a left thigh utility pocket for your knife.

While the Hickory color (in the pic above) is our fav, these pants are also available in Shadow and Tarmac colors.

Dovetail Workwear

Dovetail Freshley Overall in Black Stretch Denim

These are not repurposed, boxy men’s overalls. They’re intentionally designed to complement a woman’s frame, without sacrificing the functionality of men’s overalls. There are deep pockets galore. Accessible — and functional — pockets! There’s even one on the breast of the overalls. A large cellphone (Samsung Note 8) fits securely in nearly every one of the pockets. There’s plenty of room to accommodate its size, and the stretch in the denim keeps it from flopping around. There’s a zippered pocket on the rear leg that’s great for holding valuables such as keys, your ID, and credit cards. 

The Freshley has a slightly stretchy fabric — the overalls move with your body: while stacking hay, trimming my goats’ hooves, whatever — and yet the reinforced knee panels mean the fabric stays strong despite the abuse of farm or construction work. 

Some super cool features: There’s a small round hole in the front bib pocket, perfect for earbuds cord or even some twine. Not to be outdone — there’s also a secret zipper in that pocket on the side.

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4-H Canada selects its 2022 National Volunteer Leader of the Year

Alain Blanchette of New Brunswick’s Irishtown 4-H Club has been named the 2022 4-H Canada National Volunteer Leader of the Year.

The National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award recognizes a leader whose dedication and passion for engaging and empowering youth has made a lasting, positive impact on the lives of the 4-H members in their club.

A 4-H leader for over 30 years, Blanchette has an infectious enthusiasm for agriculture and the 4-H movement in Canada. He sits on several provincial 4-H committees, and volunteers as a dairy committee member for The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in bringing New Brunswick’s 4-H Dairy Team to take part in the Royal for 25 years.

Alain Blanchette (Image courtesy of 4-H Canada)

Blanchette is an exceptional leader who has not only enriched the lives of the members of his 4-H club, but the lives of youth in agriculture across the province. Alain was nominated by a fellow club leader in his Irishtown 4-H Club in New Brunswick, and will be honoured at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards held virtually on Feb. 28, 2023.

“Volunteers are the backbone of 4-H,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada Chief Executive Officer. “I am delighted to recognize Alain Blanchette as 4-H Canada’s National Volunteer Leader of the Year. Alain has showcased the lasting impact 4-H has on youth through leading by example. His hands-on involvement in the 4-H community has been key to empowering youth to become actively involved in agricultural programs.”

The award is sponsored by Co-operators, an investment and insurance company.

“We’re proud to continue our support of 4-H in its mission to empower youth across the country to create positive change in their communities,” says Greg Laidman, Associate Vice President of Farm Product at Co-operators. “We’re thrilled to congratulate Alain, as this year’s National Volunteer Leader of the Year award recipient. His intrepid leadership and dedication to building a thriving community are reflective of the co-operative values we champion, and we applaud his tireless effort.”

In addition to the national recipient, 4-H Canada announced that the following were recipients of the Provincial Volunteer Leader of the Year Award:

  • Joyce Kelly, Edson 4-H Multi Club, Alberta
  • Dr. Kathy Wilkins, Northumberland 4-H Veterinary Club, Ontario
  • Amanda Hamilton-Seward, Windygates 4-H Beef Club, Manitoba
  • Gillian MacDougall, Shawville 4-H Club, Quebec
  • Gail Wallace, Kensington 4-H Club, Prince Edward Island
  • Christine Moutray, Vanderhoof 4-H District Council, British Columbia
  • Shawn Bartel, Carlton Trail 4-H Club, Saskatchewan
  • These volunteers will be recognized at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards on Feb. 28, 2023. To purchase tickets, or for more
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Farmers’ Almanac 2023 forecast: ‘Shake, shiver, and shovel’

The 2023 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting this to be a “shake, shiver, and shovel” winter. The Almanac says that winter will likely come earlier than last year with storms and cold nationwide, and here to stay. How about that for a white Christmas?

For farmers and ranchers, Mother Nature is one of the most unpredictable aspects of the operation. Although we can’t control the weather, or predict exactly how things are going to play out this winter, the Farmers’ Almanac has been predicting long-range weather patterns since 1818. 

If you’ve longed for coverall weather, you will likely get it (unless you’re in the Southwest U.S.). This season is supposed to be filled with snow, rain, and mush, with December looking stormy nationwide.

But just how much snow are you going to get?

A winter storm track in the eastern United States is predicted to run from the western Gulf of Mexico to the northeast, across the Virginias, New York State and New England. 

The Southeast will see storms with cold rains and a mix of snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain, and chilly temperatures.

Meanwhile, the North Central states may see a fair amount of snow throughout the winter, and the Southern Central States may see some snow accumulating in early January.

The Far West and Pacific Northwest will see about-normal winter precipitation, while the Southwest is predicted to remain in a drought with less than average amounts of moisture. 

As for the cold…

You may want to ask Santa Claus for a new coat (and shovel). Frigid temperatures are likely in many areas through January, especially in the North Central region (get ready to shake and shiver!) The 2022-23 winter season may break some records with temperatures 40 below zero in the United States.

The Southeast will also likely make you want to bundle up while the Great Lakes region calls for “unreasonably cold” temperatures. During the first week of January, the Rockies and Plains may experience heavy snows that may reach Texas and Oklahoma followed by bitterly cold air. Thankfully February may ease the pressure a bit — making winter a little bit more bearable. 

When does it end? 

After the vernal equinox, expect spring to go out like a lion at the end of March with a wide variety of weather conditions. 

The 2023 Farmers’ Almanac, with its orange and green cover, is now available in bookstores and retail stores, as well as on Amazon and Not just for farmers, the Almanac reaches a broader audience with husbandry tips, days to cut your hair or mow your lawn (that you won’t see for a while), quit bad habits, brew beer, and grow basil. 


California’s ‘clean truck’ mandate has heavy implications for ag

California leads the nation in agricultural commodities produced, but it’s also leading the nation in its bid to move from diesel-powered trucks to electric power. The California Air Resources Board has hashed a new plan to require trucking fleets in the state to switch from diesel to electric power by 2040. 

Just last year, California shipped over 11 million tons of agricultural commodities in refrigerated trucks, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quarterly reports — and the reports don’t even include livestock, grains, or trucking from Mexico to California. Under the new proposal, manufacturers won’t be able to sell trucks fueled by diesel or gasoline in California starting in 2024. 

Over 1.8 million heavy-duty trucks on California’s roads will be affected. The unknowns may have heavy implications for supply chains, the cost of new trucks, and the limited number of charging stations. Also, a promise for challenges will be the limited range of these vehicles — especially when transporting livestock. Currently, electric truck prices are ranging from two to three times the cost of conventional diesel vehicles. Meanwhile, the range for electric trucks is just 100 to 200 miles between charges. 

In addition, electric models currently on the market require four hours to charge. During California’s harvesting season, truckers work long days and the drives often include rural locations without access to charging stations. The numbers don’t really add up. 

Today, California gets about two-thirds of its electricity from thermal and non-renewable sources, including natural gas and nuclear.

The plan also aims to have medium- and heavy-duty trucks entering ports and railyards to be zero emission, and even more rapidly, that state and local government fleets be so by 2027.

According to the California Trucking Association, California would need to install 336 chargers every week until 2035 to be able to meet charging demands for trucks. Chargers are just the beginning of making the new proposal work — an additional 65 megawatts each week need to be supplied by the power grid to support an additional 290,000 electric trucks.

California may be putting the cart before the horse. The announcement of this new proposal comes on the heels of a power grid in California that struggled to handle late-summer heat waves. Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio pointed out that the state is already importing nearly 30 percent of its power needs. 

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