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UPDATED: Judge calls Input Capital contracts ‘unconscionable’

UPDATED – May 18, 2018 – 1555 CST – A Saskatchewan court has issued a ruling in a protracted legal battle between Saskatchewan farmer Terry Gustafson of Macoun, Sask., and Input Capital Corp., a Regina based company that signs “canola streaming contracts” with farm clients. In a ruling dated May 17, Court of Queen’s Bench […] Read more

DowDuPont bets on canola in race to boost plant proteins

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Production of Canada’s biggest crop, canola, has expanded rapidly in recent years amid strong demand for the vegetable oil it produces. But the other processed canola product, meal, takes a backseat to U.S. soymeal to feed certain livestock, due to a reduced protein level. Seed developer DowDuPont Inc hopes to change […] Read more

Manitoba sunflower acreage set to drop

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – The closure of a sunflower processing plant in Alberta has Manitoba sunflower growers feeling uneasy this year. “Because of the plant closure there’s quite a bit of delay in delivery of the ’17 crop. So it’s discouraged quite a few guys from growing more (sunflowers),” said Ben Friesen, senior market manager […] Read more

NAFTA deal appears unlikely for 2018

Robert Lighthizer has confirmed what trade analysts have been saying for a while: a new and improved North American Free Trade Agreement is a long way off. Earlier in May there was hope that Mexico, Canada and the United States could finalize a deal or possibly achieve an agreement in principle this month. But Lighthizer, […] Read more

Early predictions worsen drought concerns

Large portions of the Prairies could be facing another drought if Environment Canada’s spring and summer forecast comes to fruition. It is already bone dry in many regions and the forecast calls for a continuation of that weather pattern through much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and western Manitoba. “That is pretty ominous,” said David Phillips, senior […] Read more

Higher diesel prices come just in time for seeding

Farmers are paying a lot more for their diesel this spring than they have the past couple years. Prices averaged 99 cents per litre in March, according to Alberta Agriculture’s farm input survey. That is up 11 percent from last year and 39 percent from the same month two years ago. “This will probably be […] Read more

World health agency requests public input on fat

The World Health Organization makes recommendations on ways 
to reduce consumption of saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids

The World Health Organization is seeking public comment until June 1 on its recommendations to reduce consumption of saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids. The recommendations are meant to help children and adults reduce fat levels in their diets to curb heart disease. Cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of non-communicable disease deaths, out of […] Read more

Sask. wildfire relief fund raises $500,000

The wildfire relief fund established by the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association after last fall’s fires raised about half a million dollars for affected producers. General manager Chad MacPherson said the effort raised about $254,000 in cash, including a $100,000 contribution from the province. More than $200,000 worth of in-kind donations also came in for feed, […] Read more

Crop spray planes recruited for firefighting duty

A Sask. program has trained 25 pilots — who normally spray crops for pests and disease — to use planes to dump water

Aerial applicators could be on firefighting duty this summer in Saskatchewan. Twenty-five pilots who normally spend their time spraying crops for pests and disease have been trained to use their planes to dump water. Carrot River MLA Fred Bradshaw, who was an aerial applicator for more than two decades, initiated the program. He had, on […] Read more

Action urged to improve rural internet service

Lack of investment by private companies in rural and remote areas continues to be an obstacle to development

Municipal, provincial and federal governments must come together to ensure rural communities are served with reliable broadband service. “It is about the absolute survival of these communities. They will get left behind if they don’t have connectivity,” said Jordan Young, chief executive officer for CCI Wireless, a Calgary based co-operative that reaches 110,000 rural Alberta […] Read more