Making the case for modernized crop contracts

Dan Mazier, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, says farmers are still exposed to grain firms’ power

Farmers have survived the super-concentration of the prairie grain elevator system, but how much has been an evolution of a less combative industry and how much has been luck is hard to tell. Farmers have found new ways to work with grain companies. Grain companies have accepted new ways of working with farmers. But farmers […] Read more


Farmers must heed market demands: Maple Leaf

Farmers probably don’t have to change anything specific to fit in with Maple Leaf Foods’ product overhaul. However, the company thinks farmers need to accept the consumer concerns that caused the company to re-engineer everything it makes. “I think we’re all faced in the value chain, the supply chain all the way back to the […] Read more


On-farm grain stocks higher, says StatsCan report

Rail delays this winter and unfavourable market conditions are said to be the factors behind the higher stocks

Stocks of major crops in storage on prairie farms stood at nearly 29 million tonnes as of March 31, according to Statistics Canada’s Stocks of Grain and Oilseeds report, released May 11. That number included nearly 4.8 million tonnes in storage on Manitoba farms, 14.1 million tonnes in Saskatchewan and 10.2 million tonnes in Alberta. […] Read more



Herd health top priority on German dairy farm

The farm uses a good dry-cow management plan and maintains a healthy herd to help reduce the use of antibiotics

At Markus Hubers’ dairy farm in the North Rhine Westphalia region of Germany near Rees, it’s all about tight management and paying attention to detail. His farm, the Lima Holstein herd of 325 dairy cows, is in the top three percent of the largest dairy herds in Germany and has been in the family for […] Read more


Trade groups nervous about lack of TPP ratification

When it comes to the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, not much is happening in Ottawa right now. As a result, trade advocates are worried the federal government won’t ratify the deal in time and Canadian exporters could be at a disadvantage. “It’s quiet, and that’s not a good thing,” said Claire Citeau, executive director of […] Read more



AWC now refunds checkoffs quicker

Alberta farmers who receive check-off refunds for their wheat will now be reimbursed about a month earlier than they previously were, thanks to new regulatory changes. The Alberta Wheat Commission made the changes in late April. It’s the first time the organization has updated its regulations since forming in 2012. Farmers had previously waited longer […] Read more


Credit unions announce asset growth

In Brief Saskatchewan credit unions grew assets by 3.9 percent to $22.4 billion in 2017. The 44 credit unions returned more than $8.1 million to members in the form of patronage equity, contributions and dividends. Total outstanding loans amounted to $18.2 billion last year. Saskatchewan credit unions serve 50 percent of the market for loans […] Read more


Decision trees help predict fight against invasive species

Alberta researchers have developed a tool they say helps environmental managers figure out in advance whether they can eradicate the spread of invasive water species. The charts, or decision trees, essentially predict the chances of success when dealing with invasive plant or animal species, well before managers start doing much of the work on the […] Read more



Canadian grocer focused on sustainability

Save-on-Foods to focus on innovation, sustainability, local sourcing and waste reduction as it moves east from B.C.

Canadian grocery retailer Save-On-Foods is continuing its eastward expansion across the Prairies but company officials at a recent workshop in Saskatoon declined to say how many new stores would be opened. Based in Langley, B.C., the 103-year-old company is a household name among grocery consumers in British Columbia. The company now has a total of […] Read more


Alta. makes check-off votes official

An Alberta government order in council has given commodity groups the ability to launch producer plebiscites to determine if they want refundable or mandatory checkoffs. The Marketing of Agricultural Products Act covers Alberta commodity groups and each must have a regulatory plan in place. Changes to the plans must go before Alberta’s Marketing Council, which […] Read more