Delinquent cash advances valued at $160M

The Advance Payments Program, a federal loan guarantee that offers Canadian farmers cash advances on unsold agricultural commodities, has provided advances worth nearly $20 billion over the past decade, according to Agriculture Canada. However, the value of delinquent accounts — accounts that are in arrears and have been turned over to Ottawa collection — are […] Read more

Canadian National Railway plans to add 60 additional locomotives to its fleet, the company announced this week. | File photo

CN orders 60 more locomotives, cites growth in rail volumes

Canadian National Railway plans to add 60 additional locomotives to its fleet, the company announced this week. The Montreal-based railway has placed an order with GE Transportation for 60 more locomotives, expanding a previous order for 200 new locomotives that was placed by CN in December 2017. “With strong demand across our business, we continue […] Read more

Federal government officials said Aug. 31 that a consortium known as the Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership has purchased the railway from OmniTRAX Inc. The deal also includes the Hudson Bay Port Company and the Churchill Marine Tank Farm. | Port of Churchill photo

Port of Churchill sold, rail repairs to commence immediately, says Ottawa

Ottawa has confirmed that repair work will begin immediately on the Hudson Bay rail line in northern Manitoba. Federal government officials said Aug. 31 that a consortium known as the Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership has purchased the railway from OmniTRAX Inc. The deal also includes the Hudson Bay Port Company and the Churchill Marine […] Read more


The pace of Western Canada's 2018-19 grain exports through the Port of Vancouver is off to a relatively slow start, according to data compiled by the Grain Monitoring Program. | File photo

West Coast exports off to slow start

The pace of Western Canada’s 2018-19 grain exports through the Port of Vancouver is off to a relatively slow start, according to data compiled by the Grain Monitoring Program. Through Week 3 of the 2018-19 crop year, total export shipments through the Port of Vancouver were listed at 731,000 tonnes. That’s down 31 percent from […] Read more

Agricultural production in Western Canada is already being impacted by changing global weather patterns accordng to John Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change at the University of Saskatchewan. | File photo

Canadian water laws due for revision, says expert

One of Canada’s leading experts on fresh water management says political leaders need to review laws and regulations that govern water use in the country. John Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, says federal and provincial water laws need to be updated to ensure that Canada is prepared for pressing […] Read more


Ralph Goodale, the only Liberal MP from Saskatchewan, says it’s time for the provinces to get more serious about managing the country’s fresh water resources.
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‘Bold vision’ needed for water management: Goodale

Cabinet minister says Ottawa plans to spend more than $25 billion over 12 years for ‘green infrastructure’ projects


Ralph Goodale, the only Liberal MP from Saskatchewan, says it’s time for the provinces to get more serious about managing the country’s fresh water resources. Speaking Aug. 13 to delegates at the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage conference in Saskatoon, Goodale said water management experts and provincial decision makers need to work together to […] Read more

Alberta farmers who want to receive a cash advance on their crops or livestock through the federal Advance Payments Program (APP) will soon have the option of applying through the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC). | Screencap via www.albertawheat.com

AWC to provide advances under federal cash advance program

Alberta farmers who want to receive a cash advance on their crops or livestock through the federal Advance Payments Program (APP) will soon have the option of applying through the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC). The AWC announced this week that it will serve as an APP administrator beginning Sept. 1. Alberta growers who wish to […] Read more

Doctoral student Kalhari Goonewardene says the treatment she is developing defends chicks against E. coli infection during the first week of their lives, which is when new hatchlings are most prone to bacterial infections.  | Western College of Veterinary Medicine photo

Synthetic DNA may stimulate chicks’ immune systems

The Canadian poultry industry could soon have a new and improved way to protect newly hatched chicks from potentially deadly diseases, thanks to the work of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan. Doctoral student Kalhari Goonewardene and her academic adviser, Susantha Gomis, at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine have been working on a project […] Read more


Fresh water management remains major food issue

Scientists gather for the International Commission of Irrigation and Drainage conference to talk about water

Water experts from around the world are gathered in Saskatoon this week to discuss one of humanity’s most pressing long-term issues: how to manage the planet’s dwindling fresh water supplies more wisely. “In Canada, our water … is at risk,” said University of Saskatchewan water expert John Pomeroy, who addressed delegates attending the International Conference […] Read more

Sask. crop insurance examines intercropping

Intercropping, a practice where two or more crop types are grown on the same farmland simultaneously, is becoming more popular in Saskatchewan. So popular that the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. (SCIC) is stepping up efforts to gather more intercropping data so yield potential, producer returns and production risks can be assessed more precisely. SCIC officials say […] Read more