First Nation launches job training program with pork processor

Chief Lance Roulette isn’t the type who dances around an issue. Roulette knows exactly how many residents of the Sandy Bay First Nation are dependent on financial help and why the number is a problem. “We have 1,134 people on social assistance,” said Roulette, adding the figure includes 708 people who are 18 to 40 […] Read more

Cultural divide separates farmers, Indigenous workers

Sage Shade rides his horse through the feedlot pens at VRP Farms, checking for cattle that need treatment. It’s spring and the pens are muddy from melting snow and ice, so the job of pen rider isn’t at its most pleasant. Still, Shade says he likes the job and the variety it offers. He is […] Read more

Richardson plans food centre

Richardson International isn’t just a grain company and regional player any longer, and it’s spending more than $30 million to prove it. A new Richardson Innovation Centre will be built in downtown Winnipeg, in the shadow of the Richardson Building, both as a way to develop new food products and to prove to buyers and […] Read more

Alta. aims to bolster local food sector

New provincial legislation will create a local food council and local food week and change organic certification

As demand for food grown and made in Alberta continues to surge, the province is hoping a slight boost to the sector will help it expand further. The province tabled the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act in the legislature last week. Once passed, it will allow for the establishment of a local food council, […] Read more

Red Williams remembered as respected leader

U of S academic and researcher, who has died at 93, established deep connections in the Canadian agriculture industry

Western Canadian agriculture is mourning the loss of one of it most recognized and dedicated academics, teachers, extension workers and promoters. Charles Melville Williams, known as Red, passed away March 26 at the age of 93. During a career that spanned eight different decades at the University of Saskatchewan, Williams established deep connections in the […] Read more

Organic production continues to grow in Sask.

SaskOrganics has attracted a cross-section of organic and conventional producers to its various workshops

The number of organic farmers in Saskatchewan could soon eclipse 1,000, according to the president of SaskOrganics. Garry Johnson said interest in organic production is increasing, along with consumer demand for organically produced food. “There’s a great amount of interest right now,” Johnson said following the SaskOrganics annual general meeting in Saskatoon in late March. […] Read more

Winter wheat condition unclear

WINNIPEG (CNS Canada) — It’s still too early to assess how the western Canadian winter wheat crop fared this winter, but there is some uncertainty because of the unseasonably cold April temperatures. “We start losing cold tolerance, especially in March and going into April now, and that’s when you need to monitor temperatures or for […] Read more

Uniform plant stands boost seed yield

Researchers increased canola seed yield up to 32 percent at low-yielding sites and by 20 percent at higher yielding sites

Using her index finger, Justine Cornelsen pointed toward five small plants, clumped together in the corner of a plastic tray filled with soil. The canola plants were less than seven centimetres high because they had just emerged from the soil. Cornelsen, a Canola Council of Canada agronomist in Manitoba, took a quick look and then […] Read more

Case made for business plan

PONOKA, Alta. — About a quarter of Canadian farmers lack a written business plan even though it could increase profitability. A 2015 Ipsos Agriculture study called Dollars and Sense conducted in 2015 showed those with a written plan had a five times higher return on assets than those who do not, said Herman Simons of […] Read more

Feed barley price climbs higher than malt

Feed barley has been feeling pressure recently because of higher export volume and increasing corn prices 

WINNIPEG (CNS) — A tight supply of barley has pushed feed prices higher than prices for malt barley in Western Canada. “(Feed barley prices) make some of these other prices look a bit ridiculous. There’s no demand from the domestic maltsters because they’ve all been plugged up ever since harvest,” said Rod Green with Central […] Read more