Prairie farmers opposed to the way the CWB was dismantled made an appearance in the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench May 28. | File photo

CWB class action held up in legal process

The Canadian Wheat Board may be gone, but it hasn’t been forgotten. Prairie farmers opposed to the way the CWB was dismantled made an appearance in the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench May 28. The farmers, supported by an organization known as Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board (FCWB), hope to launch a class action […] Read more

Great Western Railway recently acquired the assets of Fife Lake Railway (FLR), another short-line railway company that owned 97 kilometres of track between Assiniboia, Sask., and Coronach, Sask., near the Saskatchewan-Montana border. | File photo

Expansion continues at Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway, a short-line railway company based at Shaunavon, Sask., has expanded its rail network in southern Saskatchewan. GWR recently acquired the assets of Fife Lake Railway (FLR), another short-line railway company that owned 97 kilometres of track between Assiniboia, Sask., and Coronach, Sask., near the Saskatchewan-Montana border. GWR had operated and maintained the […] Read more

Sara Lui, left, product development manager at the Agri-Food Innovation Centre and Cathy Querimit, senior product development assistant are part of a 50-person staff at the soon-to-be-expanded food centre facility in Saskatoon.   |   Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc. photo

Food innovation centre plans major expansion

A Saskatchewan facility that helps food processors build their businesses is getting a multi-million dollar expansion. The Agri-Food Innovation Centre (AFIC) — part of the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc. — is planning a 12,000 sq. foot expansion this year, bringing total space at the Saskatoon facility to 55,000 sq. feet, up from the […] Read more


Transport is considered a major stress for livestock so sensors and better control of trailer conditions could improve animal welfare. | File photo

Firm looks at real-time trailer monitoring

Guelph-based tech company developing remote system aimed at improving animal welfare during transportation

A startup technology company based in Guelph, Ont., is developing a system that will monitor and control environmental conditions in livestock trailers, designed to ensure greater comfort for animals during transport. Transport Genie uses wireless sensors to monitor temperature, humidity and other environmental conditions. The system collects data and provides real-time displays to truck drivers […] Read more

Port of Vancouver. | File photo

West Coast terminal deal follows brief lockout

Employees at west coast shipping terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert will return to work this afternoon, ending a brief lock out that took effect at 8 a.m. this morning. The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), which represents west coast shipping companies and terminal operators, announced earlier today that it has reached a tentative […] Read more


A grower near Insinger, Saskatchewan kicks up dust while seeding in the middle of May. | Robin Booker photo

Spring seeding progress ahead of schedule amid worsening drought

Farmers in Saskatchewan are on the homeward stretch of their busy spring seeding season. According to the most recent weekly crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture, the province’s growers had nearly three quarters of their acres seeded as of May 20. With mostly clear weather expected to continue through to the end of the month and […] Read more

Heat and robots tapped as a line of defence against PED

Researchers are hoping that heat and robots will form a deadly line of defence in the fight to control porcine epidemic diarrhea, a potentially deadly swine disease that has cost the North American swine industry billions of dollars. Terry Fonstad, associate dean of research and partnerships at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering, says […] Read more

Job action affects west coast container terminals

Workers at container terminals on Canada’s West Coast have begun limited job action in hopes of pressuring their employer to settle a new collective labour agreement. Targeted job action began at 7 a.m. May 27 at Global Container Terminal’s Deltaport and Vanterm container terminals, according to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union — Canada (ILWU). […] Read more


Saskatchewan entrepreneurs attracted less than half a percent of the $3.7 billion in venture capital invested in Canada last year.  |  Getty Images

Venture capital not evenly distributed: fund manager

A venture capital manager says more than 51 percent of money was dispersed to startup businesses in Ontario last year and another 30 percent was invested in Quebec

Imagine a cargo plane loaded with billions of dollars in cash. As the jet flies across the country, its cargo hatch is opened and its contents are unloaded. About $1.9 billion falls in Ontario and another $1.1 billion in Quebec. Saskatchewan’s share? A measly $16 million. Such is the state of venture capital in Canada. […] Read more

Ardent plans to close four U.S. flour mills

American flour maker Ardent Mills is closing four U.S. flour plants, the company announced recently. Flour mills, located in Macon, Georgia, Loudonville, Ohio, and Red Lion Pennsylvania, will close on June 30. An Ardent mill in Rush City, Minnesota, will cease operations in early 2020. The closures are necessary “based on an analysis of current […] Read more