VIDEO: Parks receive failing grade in education

The former superintendent of Banff National Park says national, provincial and municipal parks protect nature to some extent but generally fail in the more important goal of educating and connecting people with the natural world around them. A park boundary is not a halo, said Kevin Van Tighem. “We’re doing parks wrong in many cases. […] Read more

Sask. inducts newest ag hall of farm members

Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including research and education, grain and livestock

This year’s crop of five inductees into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame includes three from the fields of research and education, one from grain and one from the livestock/horse industry. “Honoured and surprised,” are words all five recipients expressed upon learning of their achievement. “Dumbfounded — very seldom I don’t have something to say […] Read more

World’s first bacon without nitrites developed

A Belfast professor welcomes the ability to produce bacon naturally in a process that doesn’t include chemicals

A meat processor in Northern Ireland has developed what he calls the world’s first bacon free of nitrites. Branded as Naked Bacon, the product has been developed by Finnebrogue Artisan from Downpatrick. The company says it has worked with Spanish chemists who have managed to produce bacon that does not include nitrites from vegetables or […] Read more

British pig farm receives record semen order

The farm in Northern Ireland will send frozen boar semen to China and also train Chinese staff in artificial insemination

The United Kingdom’s largest ever order for boar semen is being processed by a Northern Ireland pig farm. Deerpark Pedigree Pigs in Bellaghy, County Londonderry, has secured the order from China, for shipment this month. It is expected more orders will follow. The deal includes frozen boar semen and involves training Chinese staff in artificial […] Read more

Quarter horse enthusiasts win legacy award

TABER, Alta. — Ed Sparks’ voice warms as he holds photos of some special quarter horses. He and his wife, Pat, have been breeding, raising and training horses since 1965, and as Ed cradles the photographs, it’s obvious that horses are a lifetime love. Others in the quarter horse realm know it. Ed and Pat […] Read more

Lethbridge may get large pot greenhouse

A Calgary company plans to build an 180,0000 sq. foot greenhouse in Lethbridge to produce marijuana for recreational use. Fifty First Parallel plans to eventually produce 12,600 kilograms of cannabis annually once its three-phase development plan is complete by 2020. The firm has bought five acres of land in Lethbridge’s new industrial park. It expects […] Read more

Sask. hands marijuana sales to private sector

Province announced a pot strategy last week that will see the Sask. Liquor and Gaming Authority regulate the sector

Cannabis sales in Saskatchewan will be handled by private retailers, the provincial government announced Jan. 8. “Both wholesaling and retailing of cannabis will be conducted by the private sector and regulated by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority,” said Gene Makowsky, minister responsible for SLGA. SLGA will issue about 60 retail permits for standalone storefront […] Read more

Prairie snow still in short supply

Large section of central Saskatchewan has virtually no snow, while levels in other areas are below average

WINNIPEG — Parts of the Sahara Desert received rare snowfall last week, with up to 40 centimetres falling in the Algerian desert town of Ain Sefra. That freak snow — only the third time in 40 years — made for some fantastic photographs before melting but would be more welcome in Western Canada, where many […] Read more

Vitamin shortage may affect Canadian herd health

A worldwide shortage of vitamins A and E has boosted the cost of livestock feed supplements, forcing manufacturers to reduce the levels of those vitamins in feed formulations. An Oct. 31 fire at BASF’s Citral plant in Germany halted production of the vitamins and it is not expected to resume full operation until late March […] Read more

Major funders pull plug on flax council contributions

cropshere Funding halted to Flax Council of Canada when canola council merger talks failed

The SaskFlax annual general meeting was full of mixed messages. There was plenty of talk about the glorious opportunities awaiting the crop in the food sector. There was also talk about the serious financial struggles facing provincial and federal flax organizations. The biggest bombshell came when Brian Johnson, chair of the Flax Council of Canada, […] Read more