In a Sept. 27 news release, the company confirmed it will build new, high throughput facilities at Rycroft, Alta., and Melfort, Sask. | Twitter/@G3_Connection photo

G3 announces plans to build new elevators

Grain handling company G3 has announced plans to build two more elevators in Western Canada. In a Sept. 27 news release, the company confirmed it will build new, high throughput facilities at Rycroft, Alta., and Melfort, Sask. Melfort is about 200 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon. Rycroft is located about 500 km northwest of Edmonton. The […] Read more

Belle Pulses, a family-owned pulse processing company based at Bellevue, Sask., has been sold to Eat Well Group Inc., a publicly traded investment company specializing in the acquisition of businesses involved in the agri-food, food technology and plant-based food sectors. | Screencap via bellepulses.ca

Ag investment company buys pulse processor

Belle Pulse founders Tony and Francis Gaudet of Saskatchewan will continue to manage the business for Eat Well Group

A well-known Saskatchewan pulse processing company has a new owner. Belle Pulses, a family-owned pulse processing company based at Bellevue, Sask., has been sold to Eat Well Group Inc., a publicly traded investment company specializing in the acquisition of businesses involved in the agri-food, food technology and plant-based food sectors. Eat Well acquired Belle Pulses […] Read more

Fertilizer Canada said Ottawa's unilateral decision to establish a voluntary 30 percent emissions reduction target by 2030 will have far-reaching and unintended consequences for the economy. | Screencap via fertilizercanada.ca

Fertilizer sector asks Ottawa to rethink emission target

A Canadian organization that represents fertilizer manufacturers, wholesale distributors and retailers says Ottawa needs to rethink its greenhouse gas reduction emission target stemming from fertilizer use. Fertilizer Canada said Ottawa’s unilateral decision to establish a voluntary 30 percent emissions reduction target by 2030 will have far-reaching and unintended consequences for the economy. The organization’s top […] Read more


In its report entitled Implications of a Total Emissions Reduction Target on Fertilizer, MNP says achieving a 30 percent reduction in ag emissions through a graduated reduction in fertilizer use would result in annual farm income losses ranging from $1.8 billion in 2023 up to $10.4 billion in 2030. | Screencap via MNP/Fertilizer Canada

Emission reduction goals too costly?

Reducing fertilizer use might be a tough target without cutting production and incomes, says industry

According to a recent report prepared by accounting firm Meyers Norris Penny, Canadian farmers could lose $48 billion over the next eight years if the federal government moves ahead with plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from on-farm fertilizer use by 30 percent. In its report entitled Implications of a Total Emissions Reduction Target on […] Read more

Postdoctoral Fellow Javier Mora Macias imaging plant samples by GIFS' photo bench.  |  GIFS photo

Future funding secured for food institute, feeds GIFS

Global Institute for Food Security has its financial path forward charted by U of S, Nutrien and government

The Global Institute for Food Security in Saskatoon recently reconfirmed a memorandum of understanding with partners and secured additional funding. GIFS will be funded with cash and in-kind contributions coming from the province, the University of Saskatchewan and corporate partner Nutrien. In a Sept. 23 interview, a GIFS representative declined to share details of the […] Read more


Because of widespread drought conditions, many growers don't have enough grain to meet delivery obligations and are facing stiff contract penalties. | File photo

APAS surveys farmers facing tough contract obligations

Saskatchewan’s general farm organization has launched an on-line survey asking farmers to share information about financial penalties stemming from unfilled grain contracts. Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan says its survey is aimed at learning more about the financial costs incurred by drought-affected farmers who are unable to meet their contract obligations. Low yields and crop […] Read more

Belle Pulses, a family-owned pulse processing company based at Bellevue, Sask., has been sold to Eat Well Group Inc., a publicly traded investment company specializing in the acquisition of businesses involved in the agri-food, food technology and plant-based food sectors. | Screencap via bellepulses.ca

Family-owned Sask. pulse processor sold

A well-known Saskatchewan pulse processing company has a new owner. Belle Pulses, a family-owned pulse processing company based at Bellevue, Sask., has been sold to Eat Well Group Inc., a publicly traded investment company specializing in the acquisition of businesses involved in the agri-food, food technology and plant-based food sectors. Eat Well acquired Belle Pulses […] Read more

Sources who spoke with The Western Producer said existing containers that have already been packed with agricultural products will be handled and loaded onto outbound ocean vessels. But new service will not be offered and unfilled container orders already on the books will be cancelled, forcing shippers to find new service providers with little or no notice. | File photo

CN’s abrupt end to freight forwarding surprises shippers

Canadian National Railway is wasting no time transforming itself into a leaner and more profitable railway company, following its failed bid to acquire American rail carrier Kansas City Southern. According to sources, CN has initiated a process aimed at downsizing or terminating freight forwarding services offered by CN Worldwide, the company’s international freight management division. […] Read more


Canadian National Railway released its its updated strategic plan days after its bid to acquire Kansas City Southern fell through. | Reuters/Chris Helgren photo

New CN plan eyes efficiency

Canadian National Railway has unveiled details of an updated strategic plan, reassuring shareholders that the company is committed to increasing operational efficiency, boosting revenue and enhancing shareholder returns. CN’s updated plan, entitled Full Speed Ahead — Redefining Railroading, was released Sept. 17, just days after the company learned that its US$33 billion bid to acquire […] Read more

Pea aphids are one of many species of insects that will be studied in the new University of Saskatchewan Insect Research Facility.  |  Berenice Romero photo

Groups fund new U of S bug lab

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan is getting a new insect research facility. The University of Saskatchewan Insect Research Facility (USIRF) will be the first facility of its kind at a Western Canadian university and one of few facilities in Canada designed to conduct research on arthropod plant pests and beneficial insects, the U of […] Read more