The opportunity to rent land from former Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers winners a dozen years ago led Jason and Jenna Ranger to the same title yesterday. | Michael Raine photo

Jason and Jenna Ranger named Sask. Outstanding Young Farmers

The opportunity to rent land from former Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers winners a dozen years ago led Jason and Jenna Ranger to the same title yesterday. The judges selected the couple from Shellbrook during the competition at Canada’s Farm Progress Show. Jason grew up on a farm near Leask and, after a year studying agriculture […] Read more

Lester, Laura and Royce Lodoen focus on sheep these days on their farm near Fox Valley, Sask. | Karen Briere photo

Sask. farm family has history of innovation

On the Farm: Vestiges of innovation and experimentation can still be seen on the farm, which was founded in 1924

FOX VALLEY, Sask. — There are two constants at the Lodoen farm: change and innovation. Since Ben Lodoen homesteaded the land with his brother, establishing their farm in 1924 even before the nearby town of Fox Valley sprang up, there have been all types of enterprises on this land. Grain, horses, cows, pigs and chickens […] Read more

The poll found that Canadians generally trust food grown and processed in Canada, believe the industry is more environmentally friendly than some other major industries and agree with financial support from government for the sector.
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New poll finds public is behind agriculture

The survey found Canadians trust food produced in Canada but positives around the industry aren’t well known

A national poll of 1,000 Canadians found strong support for agriculture, but issues such as the canola dispute with China aren’t likely to stick with them for long. The poll, conducted between April 29 and May 2 by Grassroots Public Affairs, was designed to measure the attitudes of everyday people, said president Peter Seeman. He […] Read more


Canada’s canola industry appears unsure what to make of last week’s federal announcement of additional export insurance. | File photo

Feds hike insurance funding for risky canola exports

Canada’s canola industry appears unsure what to make of last week’s federal announcement of additional export insurance. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, International Trade Minister Jim Carr and Export Development Canada executive vice-president Carl Burlock said $150 million in additional insurance would be offered to help canola sellers move into new markets. The insurance would “mitigate […] Read more

The flawed study, Livestock’s Long Shadow, continues to cast its own long shadow on the cattle industry more than a dozen years after it was published and subsequently debunked.
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Debunked methane study continues to draw attention

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The flawed study, Livestock’s Long Shadow, continues to cast its own long shadow on the cattle industry more than a dozen years after it was published and subsequently debunked. Dr. Frank Mitloehner, a University of California animal science professor and air quality specialist, said his work to refute the study has […] Read more


MPs offer ideas to support Indigenous farming

The House agriculture committee finds there are opportunities for young Indigenous people to help meet labour needs

A report on Indigenous agriculture in Canada suggests more work lies ahead to help First Nations, Metis and Inuit people thrive in the industry. The all-party standing committee on agriculture held five meetings to discuss the issue and acknowledged its study was limited. However, the committee report to the House of Commons noted there are […] Read more

National food policy targets local projects

Ottawa has begun rolling out its national food policy. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau was in Montreal June 17 to release details of the $134-million strategy. Along with a slogan, Everyone at the Table, Bibeau announced that an advisory council would guide the policy as it rolls out, monitor it and assess its effectiveness. Nominations will […] Read more

Evraz Place chief executive officer Tim Reid said the show will shift to a mid-week format, running Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday rather than the current Wednesday through Friday. | Twitter/@CanadaFarmShow photo

Farm Progress announces changes as show begins

Canada’s Farm Progress Show has begun for another year with the news that big changes are coming for 2020. Evraz Place chief executive officer Tim Reid said the show will shift to a mid-week format, running Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday rather than the current Wednesday through Friday. Check out all our #CFPS19 coverage here. It will also start […] Read more


Trudeau talks tough on China-canola

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says China’s decision to block Canadian canola imports is “unjustified.” Speaking to reporters in Paris June 7, he said Canadian canola is the cleanest and safest in the world. Since March, China has rejected canola shipments citing contamination from pests, but hasn’t provided satisfactory evidence to Canadian officials. “They’re inventing excuses […] Read more

Sask. plans carbon offset program

Saskatchewan will have a carbon offset program available by 2021. The government is consulting on how best to develop a program it promised in its Prairie Resiliency climate change strategy. Farmers and ranchers could benefit from an offset program by receiving credit or payments for sequestering emissions. University of Saskatchewan agricultural economist Tristan Skolrud has […] Read more