Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating after a fatal plane crash involving a crop sprayer near Arborfield, Sask., July 12. | File photo

Spray plane crash under investigation

Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating after a fatal plane crash involving a crop sprayer near Arborfield, Sask., July 12. RCMP said the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. near the community in northeastern Saskatchewan. The pilot and lone occupant was declared dead at the scene. That was the second crash in the province this week. […] Read more

A new report says dairy is trivial in the big scheme of North American Free Trade Agreement talks.  |  File photo

No good alternative if supply management ended: report

Canada should not bow to American demands to eliminate Class 7 milk or the entire supply management system for dairy, said policy expert Al Mussell. The research lead at Agri-Food Economic Systems said there is no good alternative to the current system. But Mussell also said Canada should get ready for changes to the system, […] Read more

Darcy Goossen invented the Tiregrabber in his farm shop at Ferintosh, Alta. It won the people’s choice Farmyard Invention at Canada’s Farm Progress Show.  |  Karen Briere photo

Tire handling device wins invention of the year

Alberta farmer recognized for his Tiregrabber entry at 
Canada’s Farm Progress Show competition in Regina

Necessity is the mother of invention, according to the proverb, and farmer-inventors prove that true all the time. Darcy Goossen of Ferintosh, Alta. took his Tiregrabber to Canada’s Farm Progress Show last month, where the public voted it the top farmyard invention. “It’s a machine for handling big tires and putting them on and off […] Read more


Finance Canada is holding consultations this month on how to enable intergenerational farm transfers.
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Government gathers input on intergenerational farm transfers

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture continues to push for a comprehensive review of the Income Tax Act

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Finance Canada is holding consultations this month on how to enable intergenerational farm transfers. Canadian Federation of Agriculture vice-president Norm Hall said the department committed to the consultations after efforts last summer and autumn to overturn proposed federal tax changes that would hinder farm transfers. He told the Farming For Profit? […] Read more

SaskFSA says the drainage strategy that the Saskatchewan government implemented in 2016 is still a work in progress.  |  File photo

Eastern Sask. farmer wrestles with drainage approval

KIPLING, Sask. — Eric Widdup says the Water Security Agency’s permitting process for agricultural drainage is exasperating. “The politics and the red tape involved are overwhelming,” he told a Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities division meeting last month. “It’s almost like pulling teeth to get an ag drainage permit. The process is at best dysfunctional […] Read more



Sask. farmers lobby for better drainage rules

Sask. Farm Stewardship Association rejects illegal drainage but says water management through drainage is necessary

One small slough on a quarter-section can cost a farmer thousands in lost production and inputs, said Myles Thorpe, president of the Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Association. That’s why many farmers want to drain those water bodies most commonly called potholes. Yet drainage has become a dirty word due to years of unauthorized works that dumped […] Read more

Producers push to extend farm program review

A coalition of Canadian farm organizations wants the business risk management program review extended because it hasn’t been finished in time for next week’s agriculture ministers meeting in Vancouver. The one-year review was announced last July at the ministerial meeting in St. John’s, N.L., but it was late getting out of the gate. An external […] Read more


KAP president steps down

The president of Keystone Agricultural Producers has stepped down to seek a federal Conservative nomination. Dan Mazier, a grains and oilseeds farmer near Justice, Man., resigned July 6 and is now aiming to replace Robert Sopuck in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa. Sopuck represented the riding since a 2010 byelection and announced in May that he would not […] Read more

Rural leaders say a study that shows a potential $16-billion hit to Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product from a carbon tax is exactly why one shouldn’t be imposed.
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Sask. study finds $16 billion carbon tax hit

Rural leaders say a study that shows a potential $16-billion hit to Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product from a carbon tax is exactly why one shouldn’t be imposed. The study, which was conducted by the University of Regina’s institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities and paid for by the province, examined the economic and environmental […] Read more