Companies are making big bets by capitalizing on the new craze as consumer preferences change, but the issue has shown to be divisive. | File photo

As plant protein surges, what’s in store for pulses?

Pulse crops might become less about size and colour and more about efficacy and variety, as the plant-protein industry continues to grow. It would be as if the pulse industry had its own malt barley sector and would let producers diversify their market, said Pulse Canada chief executive officer Gordon Bacon. “This is really unique […] Read more

The eight-day strike in mid-November caused Canadian National Railway to operate at about 10 percent of capacity.  |  File photo

CN says movement back on track after strike

Railway credits disciplined approach and investments made in the network for allowing it to resume normal shipping

Canadian National Railway has recovered from the recent labour strike, saying movement is back at a regular pace. The company announced Dec. 12 that shipping returned to peak levels and that it took on all customer demand during the second week of December. “After a tough harvest due to adverse weather and an eight-day labour […] Read more


Ty Unrau combines silage corn Dec. 7 on his family’s farm near Boissevain, Man. The family had 400 acres of grain corn yet to harvest last weekend.  |  Glen Dickson photo

More than four million acres unharvested

Many farmers on the Prairies may get a late start to seeding next spring given the unfavourable harvest conditions this fall. Crop specialists predict late starts will largely affect producers in Saskatchewan and Alberta, although some farmers in Manitoba may also seed later than normal. What pans out will largely depend on the weather, they […] Read more

An RCMP officer examines a rural property in the St. Paul, Alta. area.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta to add 500 new RCMP positions to fight rural crime

The Alberta government plans on adding 500 more RCMP positions in the province, though it will be requiring small communities to shoulder the majority of the new costs. The province announced Dec. 4 that it’s implementing a new police funding model that will see communities and the federal government inject an additional $286 million over […] Read more


The company announced today that shipping returned to peak levels and that it took on all customer demand during the second week of December. | File photo

CN movement back on track after strike

Canadian National Railway has recovered from the recent labour strike, saying movement is back at a regular pace. The company announced today that shipping returned to peak levels and that it took on all customer demand during the second week of December. “After a tough harvest due to adverse weather and an eight day labour […] Read more

It will take CN roughly two weeks to get movement back to normal levels after a strike that saw 3,200 of the company’s conductors, train workers and yard workers leave their posts. | Robin Booker photo

CN launches recovery plan following strike

The company says rail movement should be back to normal speed in about two weeks now that strike has ended

Canadian National Railway has started a recovery plan after the rail network was largely shut down following an eight-day worker strike. The plan means it will take CN roughly two weeks to get movement back to normal levels, Sean Finn, CN’s senior vice-president and chief legal officer, said Nov. 28. Finn said it involves CN […] Read more

Adelle Stewart, Do More Ag Foundation.

Do More Ag receives charity status

The move lets the group further its cause of helping farmers address their mental health needs

A prominent rural mental health organization has now become a registered charity, allowing it to further advance its cause in helping farmers address those needs.  The Do More Agriculture Foundation was recently granted charity status. The change lets it access additional funding sources to help Canadian producers, said executive director Adelle Stewart. “It was personally […] Read more


Alberta farm group slams labour law

The Alberta Federation of Agriculture is criticizing the province’s new farm labour rules, arguing they will make it more difficult for farmers to attract workers. The organization said while it understands some producers may welcome these changes, it said many people and farmers have told them they would never consider working on a farm that […] Read more

An RCMP officer examines a rural property in the St. Paul, Alta. area.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta adding 500 RCMP to fight rural crime

The Alberta government plans on adding 500 more RCMP positions in the province, though it will be requiring small communities to shoulder the majority of the new costs. The province announced Dec. 4 that it’s implementing a new police funding model that will see communities and the federal government inject an additional $286 million over […] Read more