The expansion is expected to be complete in late 2023 and will allow the sodium sulfate plant to produce 150,000 tonnes of sulfate potash fertilizer, or SOP, each year. This is a new product for the company and will combine sodium sulfate with Saskatchewan-produced potash. | saskatchewanminingandminerals.com photo

Sodium sulfate plant expands into fertilizer

Construction of a $220-million expansion at Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. at Chaplin is slated to begin later this year. The expansion is expected to be complete in late 2023 and will allow the sodium sulfate plant to produce 150,000 tonnes of sulfate potash fertilizer, or SOP, each year. This is a new product for […] Read more

Viterra, Canmar Food Products and Conexus Credit Union are among those collaborating on the Viterra Farmers Feeding Families initiative launched May 5. | Facebook/Regina & District Food Bank photo

Pulse initiative aids Sask. food bank

Several Regina-based businesses have come together to provide more nutritious choices to food insecure families. Viterra, Canmar Food Products and Conexus Credit Union are collaborating on the Viterra Farmers Feeding Families initiative launched May 5. Viterra will spend $225,000 to buy pulses from Saskatchewan farmers. Canmar will then package the pulses into more than 200,000 […] Read more

Value-added processing, like that done at this Cargill canola crushing plant near Clavet, Sask., played a big  role in Dominic Barton’s 2016 vision for how agriculture could help increase economic growth, along with enhanced productivity and strong trade deals. Former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan says Barton’s report “is the frame” of much of the federal government’s recent budget.  |  Mike Raine photo

Budget called crucial for pushing ag agenda

Speakers at recent webinar say governments must do more to put agriculture at the centre of a national growth strategy

A former deputy prime minister says Canada should regain its place as a global agricultural superpower. Anne McLellan, former Edmonton MP who served in the governments of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, said during a webinar held by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute that the recent budget is based on Dominic Barton’s 2016 report that […] Read more


Other countries directly support farmers to adopt sustainable practices far more than Canada does. Canada spends about 70 cents per acre, while the United States spends about $8.47 per acre, and the European Union spends $51.75 per acre. | File photo

Gov’t urged to do more to help producers reduce emissions

Agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are projected to rise by 2030 and that should concern the entire sector, said both an economist and a farmer/climate scientist during a post-federal budget webinar. The budget allocated $270 million to agricultural initiatives that can also serve as climate solutions. Karen Ross, director of Farmers for Climate Solutions, […] Read more

The Agriculture Carbon Alliance says Ottawa has to implement on-farm exemptions for natural gas and propane used to dry grain, irrigate, and heat and cool barns and greenhouses, recognize past practices in carbon offsets, and get more money out the door through rebates and research. | File photo

Farm group sets priorities for carbon policy

The coalition of 14 farm organizations that want a greater conversation with the government about carbon has released its three main priorities. The Agriculture Carbon Alliance says Ottawa has to implement on-farm exemptions for natural gas and propane used to dry grain, irrigate, and heat and cool barns and greenhouses, recognize past practices in carbon […] Read more


A change in consumer dietary patterns in the United States is favouring a move toward eating more beef, but demand hasn’t been as strong in Canada. | Reuters/Henry Romero photo

U.S. demand for beef continues to increase

Live cattle prices have risen $8 to $122 per hundredweight since March and packer margins are up over $500 per head

Demand for beef is through the roof in the United States, and at least one analyst expects it to continue for months. Rob Murphy, executive vice-president of research and analysis at J.S. Ferraro, said during a webinar that prices are surging along with the demand as some individual beef cuts trade in triple digits. “We […] Read more

Restoration work over the next two years will restore this wetland at Riverhurst, Sask., and turn it into an educational site. | Penny Gustafson photo

Sask. community restores neglected wetland

Local residents will install a drainage system to re-establish a healthy water level, plant trees and build a walking trail

An unsightly slough at the entrance to Riverhurst, Sask., is getting a makeover thanks to local volunteers and a federal grant. The Riverhurst Communities in Bloom committee wanted to improve the first impression people have of the village by restoring the wetland. Penny Gustafson said the surface-fed wetland has been there for decades. The site […] Read more

The task force began its work with the idea that satellites were going to be the answer to improved service but early on determined that the limitations of satellites were apparent. | Reuters/Mike Blake photo

Fibre optics seen as solution to rural internet problems

An Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan task force examined rural connectivity issues, including funding


The Saskatchewan farmers who looked at rural connectivity issues say the future of better service lies in an older technology. Members of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan task force who studied internet speed, funding, and other factors found that fibre optic technology is still best. Governments are promoting technology like low earth orbit satellites […] Read more


Goodale left late last month for his new position, which is equivalent to an ambassador in countries outside the British Commonwealth. | File photo

Goodale new high commissioner to U.K.

Former federal agriculture minister from Saskatchewan will focus on trade as Great Britain adjusts to life after Brexit

Former Canadian agriculture minister Ralph Goodale is now the country’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom. Goodale left late last month for his new position, which is equivalent to an ambassador in countries outside the British Commonwealth. He said in an interview that agriculture and trade will be key parts of his work. “That was […] Read more

Canadian Western Agribition organizers say they have confidence in the vaccine rollout plans and believe time is on their side. The show is scheduled to be held live Nov. 22-27. | File photo

Agribition plans to go live in the fall

Twelve breed shows will be featured, the first time that all breeds will hold their national competitions under one roof


Canadian Western Agribition plans to be back with a full, live event in Regina this fall, despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and posting a significant loss in 2020. Chief executive officer Chris Lane said during the show’s recent annual general meeting that work has begun for the 50th show. This will include 12 […] Read more