Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. chief executive officer Shawn Jaques said the extra money is required to cover higher program use and wildlife damage claims. | File photo

Sask. increases crop insurance funding

Cabinet has passed an order-in-council authorizing an additional $8.2 million in spending for the government’s share of Saskatchewan crop insurance premiums. The money is part of a larger special warrant for additional spending to March 31, 2020. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. chief executive officer Shawn Jaques said the extra money is required to cover higher […] Read more

Action urged to stop Johne’s disease spread

SASKATOON — Johne’s disease is becoming a bigger concern for cow-calf producers and a veterinarian is urging the industry to get ahead of it now. Dr. Cheryl Waldner of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan said disease risk is increasing as herds consolidate and producers bring in animals. Johne’s, typically […] Read more

Ag committee gets down to business

The House of Commons standing committee on agriculture was scheduled to meet Feb. 18 to choose a chair and begin its work after last fall’s federal election. The 12-member committee includes six Liberals, four Conservatives, one New Democrat and one Bloc Quebecois MP. Three MPs are returning to the committee, including the former chair and […] Read more


Plans for Sask. commodity handling hub falter

Comtrax Logistics Solutions Inc. was going to be a grain-handling facility with transloading capability for other commodities

Investors in a proposed commodity hub near Weyburn, Sask., will get about half of their investment back after the board and shareholders unanimously agreed to wind up the company. Comtrax Logistics Solutions Inc. was proposed in 2016 as a grain-handling facility with transloading capability for oil, fertilizer and aggregate. It would have cost about $75 […] Read more

Well-known cow-calf producer Miles Anderson of Fir Mountain was in a car accident south of Moose Jaw Jan. 30 and remains in Saskatoon hospital with significant leg injuries. | Twitter/@SK_StockGrowers photo

Fundraiser planned for Sask. producer

Saskatchewan ranchers are fundraising to help one of their own. Well-known cow-calf producer Miles Anderson of Fir Mountain was in a car accident south of Moose Jaw Jan. 30 and remains in Saskatoon hospital with significant leg injuries. Anderson is a past president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, and he and his wife Sheri […] Read more


Signs like this one in St. Claude, Man., went up at  cardlock stations across the Prairies recently due to the lockout at Federated Co-op’s refinery in Regina.  |  Jeannette Greaves photo

FCL promises to have spring fuel flowing to producers

Farm customers will have access to fuel for spring seeding if the labour dispute between Federated Co-op Ltd. and Unifor at the Regina refinery continues that long. Vic Huard, executive vice-president of customer experience and stakeholder engagement, said last week the company has a plan to get fuel to farmers, but he declined to provide […] Read more

The first spring runoff forecast is expected in early March. Normal precipitation through the next three months is expected. | File photo

Normal spring runoff likely

A preliminary spring runoff forecast indicates near normal runoff in Saskatchewan even though snowfall accumulation is well below normal. The Water Security Agency said the extremely wet fall of 2019 will increase the chances of higher runoff. Most regions in the south had lots of precipitation in the fall and the wettest areas were around […] Read more

Although pork has historically led the way in Chinese meat consumption, the country is buying as much beef as it can.
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China will scramble for meat in 2020: analyst

Observers believe nothing can be produced in the volume China requires to fill the gap created by African swine fever

SASKATOON — The devastation African swine fever is causing in the Asian pork industry will push the entire global protein market higher, says American analyst Brett Stuart. The president of Global AgriTrends said the disease is a “global market game changer.” The impact of the coronavirus also sweeping China is still unknown, but will play […] Read more


Cattle producers develop conservation charity

SASKATOON — The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association has established a charitable foundation primarily to conserve agricultural lands. President Bill Huber announced the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation at the organization’s recent semi-annual meeting. “The foundation is unique in Saskatchewan because it is the first and only provincial land conservation organization based in Saskatchewan and is the […] Read more

SCA appoints new chair

SASKATOON — Arnold Balicki from Shellbrook is the new Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association chair. Balicki replaces Rick Toney from Gull Lake, who remains on the board as past-chair. Moving into executive roles are Keith Day of Kyle as vice-president, Dean Moore from Paradise Hill as finance chair and Brad Welter from Viscount as member-at-large. All were […] Read more