Cash receipts continue to increase

Canadian farm cash receipts for the January to September period have increased for the seventh consecutive year, Statistics Canada reports. Those receipts totalled $45.4 billion in the first three quarters of the year, a 3.3 percent increase from that same period in 2016. Farm cash receipts are not the same as net farm income, but […] Read more

Scholarship winners enthusiastic about ag

This year’s Canadian Western Agribition scholarship recipients could be found all over the show doing the things for which they were recognized. The show awards three $2,500 scholarships for involvement in the show, plus the Barry Andrew Family Scholarship and William M. Farley Memorial Scholarship, each worth $1,500. Sadie Anwender of Radville, Sask., who received […] Read more

Sask. offers wildfire assistance for grazing land

Saskatchewan producers affected by wildfires will be eligible for some coverage under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program after all. The government had said that typically PDAP didn’t cover insurable losses. However, Government Relations Minister Larry Doke announced Dec. 6 that grazing land would be covered. “Tame and native grazing lands are not insurable,” he said […] Read more

Statistics Canada sees surprisingly big canola, wheat harvests

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA, Dec 6 – Canadian farmers harvested larger crops than expected this autumn, reaping record-large canola output and surprisingly big wheat and durum crops, a Statistics Canada report showed on Wednesday. Dry weather in some areas in the summer and a late harvest in Western Canada made the size of crops in the world’s […] Read more

Many farmers got a break from hailstorms this year

Hail caused less damage across the Prairies in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the final report tabled Dec. 4 by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Western Canadian farmers with hail insurance were paid $96 million on about 8,600 claims, making 2017 one of the lightest claim years since 2009, the CCHA said. […] Read more

China agrees to accept more Canadian meat

More beef and pork can be sold into China following an agreement announced today by the federal government, but details are yet to be revealed. According to the Canadian Meat Council, Canadian bone-in beef, fresh chilled beef and pork products could see expanded access in a deal that could increase exports by up to $100 […] Read more

Trudeau says Canada will keep exploring trade deal with China

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — Canada will continue to explore a free trade agreement with China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today, as it weighs its options after the United States threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The announcement appears to delay what was expected to be an announcement of the […] Read more

Sask. developing rural crime app

The Saskatchewan government has selected a team of technology startups to develop prototype systems to help reduce rural crime. Jeff Shirley, owner of Rivercity Technology Services Ltd. in Saskatoon, and William Topping, founder of Brand X Technologies also in Saskatoon, will work in a joint venture partnership to design an app and GPS device that […] Read more

Sask., Que. couples win Outstanding Young Farmer

PENTICTON, B.C. — Both the east and the west were represented among this year’s Outstanding Young Farmers national winners. Derek and Tannis Axten of Minton, Sask., and Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were selected from seven provincial nominees during an awards ceremony Dec. 1 in Penticton, B.C. The Axtens, the fourth […] Read more

Sask Wheat directors elected

Sask Wheat has elected four directors to serve for the next four years. Bill Gehl of Regina, the most recent chair of the development commission, was re-elected, as was Ken Rosaasen, who farms near Preeceville. Both have served on the board since 2014. Joining them are newcomers Brett Halstead from Nokomis and Jake Leguee from […] Read more