Federal government urged to take trade action on durum

Cereals Canada says Italy’s labelling law is already affecting durum exports; urges formal challenge

The top executive with Cereals Canada says it’s time for Ottawa to launch a formal trade challenge against Italy over its treatment of Canadian durum wheat. Cam Dahl, executive director with Cereals Canada, said Ottawa has raised concerns in Europe and Italy regarding an Italian policy that requires country-of-origin labels to be attached to pasta […] Read more


Resolution reopens SaskWheat-Cereals Canada debate

Growers at the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission’s annual meeting last week passed a resolution urging the group to join Cereals Canada. However, that doesn’t mean the commission will act on the resolution, says outgoing SaskWheat chair Bill Gehl. Instead, directors will take the resolution “under advisement,” said Gehl and will act in what they see […] Read more


New funding announced for ADF in Sask.

The federal and Saskatchewan governments have contributed $7.7 million to crop-related research projects through the Agriculture Development Fund. Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the funding agreement Jan. 9 at CropSphere in Saskatoon. Ottawa and Saskatchewan have committed an additional $6.25 million over the next five yearto the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre. That […] Read more



Reiter replaces Gehl as SaskWheat chair

The Saskatchewan Wheat Commission has a new board of directors and a new chair. Laura Reiter, the new chair, was first elected as a SaskWheat board member in 2013. She farms with her husband and brother at Radisson, Sask. She is trained as an agrologist and spent time working in the research and ag retail […] Read more


Dryness threat not getting any better

Conditions range from ‘abnormally dry’ to ‘extreme drought’ across a large portion 
of Western Canada, causing increasing concern for the upcoming crop

Most prairie grain growers could be looking at a dry and early seeding season in 2018 unless conditions change dramatically over the next two to three months. Trevor Hadwen, an agro-climate expert with Agriculture Canada, says conditions across much of the West remain unusually dry. Agriculture Canada just released the latest version of its Canadian […] Read more



Sask. growers twitch over elevator closures

Viterra is closing its grain elevator at Eyebrow, Sask., about 150 kilometres northwest of Regina, citing market conditions. In a Jan. 8 email to The Western Producer, Viterra confirmed that operations at the 9,500 tonne facility will be suspended this spring until further notice. Sources in the area say some growers who delivered to the […] Read more


Tough questions about producer checkoffs

The need to fund research is generally accepted by farmers, but spending by various commissions is under scrutiny

It’s annual general meeting season, and as usual, these meetings give growers a chance to scrutinize the priorities and spending habits of organizations that collect tens of millions of dollars annually through producer levies. Saskatchewan farmers now pay levies on almost every crop they grow. The amount farmers pay in producer levies has increased steadily […] Read more


Alta. considers softer stance on fusarium

It’s unlikely that Alberta’s farmers will be able to keep fusarium graminearum out of their fields, but they might be able to do the next best thing — get it removed from Alberta’s Agricultural Pest Act. After several years of deliberation, the Alberta government is considering removing fusarium from the Agricultural Pest Act, which would […] Read more



Court date nears for former Sask. cabinet minister

Bill Boyd, a farmer from Eston, Sask., who also served as a cabinet minister under Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, is scheduled to appear in provincial court Feb. 6 to answer to charges under the province’s Environmental Protection and Management Act and Wildlife Protection Act. Boyd, a founding member of the Saskatchewan Party, was charged in […] Read more


VIDEO: Cereals Canada urges Canadian trade action against Italy

The top executive with Cereals Canada says it’s time for Ottawa to launch a formal trade challenge against Italy over its treatment of Canadian durum wheat. Cam Dahl, executive director with Cereals Canada, said Ottawa has raised concerns in Europe and Italy regarding an Italian policy that requires country-of-origin labels to be attached to pasta […] Read more