One of the few remaining farmer-owned grain elevators in Western Canada has struck a deal to sell its assets to Viterra. | Screencap via gdterminal.com

Viterra to buy Gardiner Dam Terminal

One of the few remaining farmer-owned grain elevators in Western Canada has struck a deal to sell its assets to Viterra. In a Nov. 16 news release, Gardiner Dam Terminal, based at Strongfield, Sask., says it has entered into an agreement to sell a 50 percent interest in GDT along with its wholly owned subsidiary, […] Read more

Revenue cap gets adjustment

The Canadian Transportation Agency has recalculated the amount of revenue Canada’s major railways can earn from hauling western Canadian grain in 2018-19. In a document dated Oct. 25, the CTA confirmed that the Volume Related Composite Price Index (VRCPI) has been adjusted to 1.4114 at Canadian National Railway and 1.4608 at Canadian Pacific Railway. Earlier […] Read more

The meetings are part of a federal consultation process aimed at gathering feedback on a plan to collect royalties or user fees on farm-saved seed — harvested seed that is used by farmers to plant crops in subsequent production years.
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Seed royalty meetings to start next week

Ottawa is gathering feedback into a proposal to charge royalties on farm-saved seed every time it is used to grow a crop

The federal government has released the dates and locations of consultation meetings where the controversial issue of farm-saved seed royalties will be discussed. The first of three provincial meetings on the Prairies will be held Nov. 16 at the Delta Hotel in Winnipeg. Subsequent meetings will be held: Nov. 30 at Ottawa’s Hilton Garden Inn […] Read more


More clubroot cases found in Sask.

It’s bad news, but not completely unexpected. That’s how canola industry experts are describing an Oct. 31 announcement that visible symptoms of clubroot have been detected in 35 additional fields across Saskatchewan’s northern grain-growing region this year. The disease has now been confirmed in 37 commercial canola fields across the province’s northern grain belt over […] Read more

Great Western Railway Ltd. operates on more than 700 kilometres of railway in southwestern Saskatchewan and has access to several reliable elevators and producer car loading sites. | File photo

Sask. short line expands into grain buying

Great Western Railway Ltd. is Saskatchewan’s newest grain dealer. The short-line railway confirmed last week that it has formed an affiliated company — Great Western Commodities Ltd. — which will buy grain from producers in southern Saskatchewan and sell to buyers in Canada, the United States and overseas. GWR operates on more than 700 kilometres […] Read more


The Canadian Transportation Agency has recalculated the amount of revenue that Canada's major railways can earn from hauling western Canadian grain in 2018-19. | File photo

Transportation agency adjusts revenue cap

The Canadian Transportation Agency has recalculated the amount of revenue that Canada’s major railways can earn from hauling western Canadian grain in 2018-19. In a document dated Oct. 25, the CTA confirmed that the Volume Related Composite Price Index (VRCPI) has been adjusted to 1.4114 at Canadian National Railway and 1.4608 at Canadian Pacific Railway. […] Read more

Viterra opens new Sask. elevator

Viterra Inc. has officially opened a new high-throughput grain elevator at Wadena, Sask. “We have a long and proud history in this area of the province, and we’re pleased to be renewing our commitment to our customers by revitalizing our presence through this excellent addition to our asset network,” said Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s president and […] Read more

Vendasta Technologies co-founders Brendan King, left, and Jeff Tomlin say Saskatchewan is becoming a hub for start-up software companies. Vendasta’s digital business solutions are being used by companies around the world.  |  Vendasta Technologies photo

Global software company proud of its prairie roots

This is the fifth of five business features highlighting Saskatchewan companies that are finalists in the Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership’s (STEP) 2018 Exporter of the Year Award. When you think about innovative North American software companies and where they are located, you might be more inclined to think Silicon Valley than central Saskatchewan. But […] Read more


Ceres, Scoular settle lawsuit

Ceres Global Ag Corp. announced last week that it has reached a settlement in a legal dispute with the Scoular Company. A few years ago, Ceres and Scoular entered into an agreement to jointly develop a grain-handling facility and logistics hub at Northgate, Sask. But in 2014, Ceres officials terminated the agreement and announced they […] Read more

U.S. firm looks to expand prairie presence

Ceres Global Ag plans to complement its existing Saskatchewan terminal with more elevators in Western Canada

Ceres Global Ag is looking to expand its presence in the North American grain business by adding new elevator locations on the Prairies and developing new partnerships with existing grain companies. Chief executive officer Robert Day said his company is looking at a number of potential new western Canadian elevator locations in an effort to […] Read more