Farmers are advised to sell wheat varieties that are slated for reclassification before Aug. 1 to avoid unexpected marketing issues.  |  File photo

Reclassification deadline imminent for wheat varieties

Twenty-five Canada Western Red Spring varieties to become lower-valued Canada Northern Hard Red class Aug. 1

Got some old crop CWRS wheat in your grain bins? If you do, then you might want to think about moving it soon —  especially if it’s one of the low-gluten CWRS varieties that are scheduled for reclassification Aug. 1. In a little less than three weeks’ time, 25 Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat […] Read more

Churchill, railway deal falls through

A tentative deal to sell the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba has fallen through, according to the railway’s current owner. In a July 3 news release, HBR officials said a previously announced deal to sell the railway and the port to an ownership group led by Fairfax Financial has […] Read more

In a little less than a month's time, 25 Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat varieties will be reclassified to the lower-value Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) class. | File photo

Reclassification deadline less than a month away

Got some old crop CWRS wheat in your grain bins? If you do, then you might want to think about moving it soon — especially if it’s one of the low-gluten CWRS varieties that are scheduled for reclassification Aug. 1. In a little less than a month’s time, 25 Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat […] Read more


The federal grain car fleet is operated by the two major railways, which have announced plans to buy new high-capacity hopper cars.  |  File photo

Federal hopper cars are not for sale: Ottawa

The grain cars will remain in service until they have reached the end of their expected service life in 25 or 30 years

The Canadian government has no plans to sell its fleet of hopper cars. Instead, the cars will remain in service until they have reached the end of their expected service life, in 25 or 30 years. “There are no plans to sell the Government of Canada hopper car fleet, which is operated by Canadian National Railway […] Read more

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that one-third of all the food that’s produced each year is lost or wasted.  |  William DeKay photo

Waste not, want not: a new mantra

Boosting global food production is often cited as the key to meeting the nutritional needs of a rapidly expanding world population. But reducing food waste could also play a huge role, according to experts attending a food security conference hosted by the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) in Saskatoon. “Globally, according to the FAO […] Read more


One of the biggest challenges facing global food companies today is satisfying the demands of today’s consumers.
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Consumer influence steering food production

One of the biggest challenges facing global food companies today is satisfying the demands of today’s consumers. “(There) are the three key questions every consumer is asking…,” said Hans Johr, corporate head of agriculture at Nestle, one of the world’s largest food companies. “What is in my food? Where does it come from? … How […] Read more

Sask Wheat joins Cereals Canada

Cereals Canada has a new member. The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) announced June 22 that it has decided to join the industry group. For years, Sask Wheat directors had opted against joining Cereals Canada, saying the organization may not always represent the best interests of Saskatchewan wheat growers on certain issues. Sask Wheat […] Read more

Passengers prepare to board the Wheatland Express Excursion Train at Cudworth, Sask.  |  Brian Cross photo

Selling prairie culture, one seat at a time

Care to take part in a hillbilly wedding? Want to witness a wild west train heist? Got a craving for a cowboy-style country cookout? Then you might want to take a trip on the Wheatland Express Excursion Train. The Wheatland Express is the newest attraction on the Wheatland Railway, a short-line railway company based at […] Read more


The Hudson Bay Railway has been closed since May 2017 when severe flooding damaged the track and cut off rail access to several northern Manitoba communities. | OmniTrax photo

On again, off again rail deal is … off again

A tentative deal to sell the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba has fallen through, according to the railway’s current owner. In a July 3 news release, HBR officials said a previously announced deal to sell the railway and the port to an ownership group led by Fairfax Financial has […] Read more

Little-used sections of rail line like this one can be found across the Prairies. APAS president Ian Boxall says if Ottawa is serious about re-establishing the Port of Churchill as a viable export route for prairie grain, it should focus its regulatory efforts on re-opening the Tisdale subdivision in northeastern Saskatchewan. | WP photo illustration

Farmers want Tisdale rail subdivision reopened

Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan says move 
would help make Churchill a viable export route for grain

If Ottawa is serious about re-establishing the Port of Churchill as a viable export route for prairie grain, it should focus its regulatory efforts on re-opening the Tisdale subdivision in northeastern Saskatchewan. That’s according to Ian Boxall, a Tisdale-area farmer who also serves of vice-president of Saskatchewan’s general farm lobby group, the Agricultural Producers Association […] Read more