Read the Progressive Dairy Canada digital edition

Dinner table talk

Progressive Dairy Editor Emma Ohirko Published on 30 June 2021

Eating dinner as a family every night has always been a high priority in my house, and sharing meals together has led to some fascinating dinner table conversations. Since I moved back home last May, we have covered a plethora of topics at suppertime.

Some standouts have been UFOs and moving to Mars, the future of Canadian tennis, my dad’s theory on increasing inflation rates, debating if we should buy a wall tent for the backyard and my personal favourite, generational differences.



Spending a lot of time with my family, and pretty much no one else, over the past year has amplified the differences in our personalities. While this has come out during some heated dinner table debates, it has also made me wonder how our discussions might be influenced by our generational differences.

I was born in 1999, and my brother in 2004, so we are both Gen Zers. My mum, born in 1969, is from Gen X – and my dad, a 1962 baby, is a baby boomer. If you aren’t familiar with each generation’s common traits, here is a very superficial breakdown of what I’ve learned:

  • Baby boomers form the massive cohort born after World War II into the mid-1960s. They are known for being economically influential, goal-oriented and competitive, with a strong work ethic.

  • Generation X follows baby boomers, ending in the early 1980s. Sometimes referred to as the “middle child generation” because they don’t receive the level of attention given to baby boomers or millennials. They are known for their self-reliance, flexibility and tendency to embrace a work-life balance.

  • Generation Z are those born between the late 1990s and early 2010s. We are known to be politically progressive, tech-savvy and highly diverse. We are also known for our financial pragmatism, after watching our parents struggle during the Great Recession of 2008.

So what does this mean for our dinner table talk? I think having conversations about our generational differences has helped us understand why we might hold the opinions we do, especially during some of our more existential discussions. While I do believe these groups are too narrow to tell someone’s full story, learning more about the different generations has me excited for what the future holds as more Gen Zers come of age and enter the workforce. I also look forward to seeing what new outlook the next generation will bring to the world.

In this issue, we dive into what we know about current and upcoming generations of farm machinery and what the future might have in store. Read the article, “A breakdown of tractor and combine sales trends” provides some insight into how growing equipment sales can inform us about producer outlook on the next few months, or years, of Canada’s farm economy. The article, “What’s next in autonomous ag?” looks at innovations and future developments in autonomous agriculture to give us an idea of how farm equipment fleets of the future might look.

Whether you’re exploring your own generation or the future of farming equipment, doing your research and gaining an understanding of these topics might help get you excited about the changes coming.  end mark


  • Emma Ohirko

  • Editor
  • Progressive Dairy
  • Email Emma Ohirko