Keith Jorgenson of Sentinel Bottleworks said the idea to raise awareness about at-risk species will be good for business and for the species themselves. For every litre of cider one dollar is donated to Nature Saskatchewan.  |  Brian Cross photo

Rural cider company, eco-group partner to save at-risk species

A Saskatchewan cider manufacturer hopes its unique new labelling campaign will help to raise awareness about the plight of at-risk wildlife species on the Prairies. Sentinel Bottleworks based at Rosthern, Sask., recently unveiled a new set of product labels on its bottled alcohol products, which include ciders made from Saskatchewan-grown apples, wild pears, black currants, […] Read more

Short-line railways pleased with funding plan

The association that represents short-line railway operators in Western Canada says Ottawa’s recent investment in rural railway upgrades in Saskatchewan is a great first step for shortlines and for the economy. “We are thrilled to see that the federal government recognizes the critical role that short-line railways play in Canada’s export system,” said Perry Pellerin, […] Read more

Canadian National Railway announced earlier this month that it has established an agricultural advisory council consisting of primary producers and farmer representatives from Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
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CN boosts car spots, sets up advisory body

Canada’s largest railway is setting up a farmer advisory council in Western Canada in an effort to forge closer ties with producers and improve overall supply chain performance. Canadian National Railway announced earlier this month that it has established an agricultural advisory council consisting of primary producers and farmer representatives from Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and […] Read more


More than six million tonnes more grain was exported last year through Prince Rupert, an increase of about 16 percent.  |  File photo

Record grain throughput sets past grain year apart

Western Canada’s agricultural supply chain appears to be moving more grain and doing it more quickly and efficiently than ever, based on year-ending figures from the Canadian Grain Commission and the country’s two largest railway companies. According to the CGC, more than 40 million tonnes of cereals grains, pulses and oilseeds had been exported from […] Read more

Poor demand for fertilizer caused by unprecedented wet weather in the American Midwest has prompted American fertilizer giant Mosaic to temporarily suspend potash production at its mine near Colonsay, Sask. | Reuters photo

Sask. potash mine cuts production

Poor demand for fertilizer caused by unprecedented wet weather in the American Midwest has prompted American fertilizer giant Mosaic to temporarily suspend potash production at its mine near Colonsay, Sask. The Minnesota-based company announced plans earlier this week (Aug. 7) to temporarily curtail production at Colonsay, effective Sept. 10. The decision means that close to […] Read more


Poor demand for fertilizer caused by unprecedented wet weather in the American Midwest has prompted American fertilizer giant Mosaic to temporarily suspend potash production at its mine near Colonsay, Sask. | Reuters photo

Sask. potash mines cut production

Poor demand for fertilizer caused by unprecedented wet weather in the American Midwest has prompted American fertilizer giant Mosaic to temporarily suspend potash production at its mine near Colonsay, Sask. The Minnesota-based company announced plans earlier this week (Aug. 7) to temporarily curtail production at Colonsay, effective Sept. 10. The decision means that close to […] Read more

Supreme Court may hear multiple carbon tax challenges

When Saskatchewan argues before the Supreme Court of Canada this fall that the federal carbon tax in unconstitutional, it may not be arguing its case alone. Saskatchewan attorney general Don Morgan said late last month that the Supreme Court of Canada may hear challenges from other provinces at the same time. Alberta is also challenging […] Read more

Grain cars make return visit to port of Churchill

A small durum shipment amounted to a test as track and port renovations continue in the northern Manitoba community


Grain farmers and shippers along the Hudson Bay rail route are hoping that the resumption of grain-by-rail shipments to the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba is a sign of things to come. Elden Boon, president of the Hudson Bay Route Association (HBRA), says grain movements recently resumed along the Hudson Bay rail route after […] Read more


Saskatchewan attorney general Don Morgan said the Supreme Court may be inclined to hear Saskatchewan's and Alberta's case against the carbon tax at the same time. While agriculture is largely exempt from the federal carbon tax transportation is not, which producer groups say undermines farmers bottom line.  | File photo

Supreme Court may hear multiple carbon tax challenges

When Saskatchewan argues before the Supreme Court of Canada this fall that the federal carbon tax in unconstitutional, it may not be arguing its case alone. Saskatchewan attorney general Don Morgan said this week that the Supreme Court of Canada may hear challenges from other provinces at the same time. Alberta is also challenging the […] Read more

U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist Jerry Hatfield was among the approximately 900 delegates who attended the first International Wheat Congress in Saskatoon July 21-26. The event attracted experts in genomics, plant breeding and agronomy who are looking for ways to sustainably increase global wheat productivity.  |  brian cross photo

World’s scientists gather to talk about wheat

International Wheat Congress delegates meet in Saskatoon to discuss how to increase production of the crop

Hundreds of the world’s brightest plant scientists congregated in the heart of the western Canadian grain belt last week to discuss ways to expand production of one of the planet’s most widely grown grain crops. The International Wheat Congress, held July 21-26 in Saskatoon, attracted roughly 900 scientists from around the world, including experts in […] Read more