Canola growers who are facing the prospect of losing access to the Chinese market say making it easier to borrow more money will not solve the problem.  |  File photo

Cash advance proposal alarms critics

Not all farmers are on board with increasing the amount available under the Advance Payments Program to help farmers through the ongoing canola dispute with China. Several speaking to the House of Commons agriculture committee said it’s a short-term solution that they might not be able to afford in the end. The Canadian Canola Growers […] Read more

Resolving the trade dispute with China over canola is urgent as farmers head to the fields, growers and handlers told federal standing committees last week.
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Farm groups press feds to get canola moving

Resolving the trade dispute with China over canola is urgent as farmers head to the fields, growers and handlers told federal standing committees last week. The import ban on Canadian canola costs the entire agricultural sector time and money and is creating significant stress, the agriculture and international trade committees heard from witnesses. Red Deer […] Read more

Ashley and Ryan Kattler, with son Flint and daughter Summer, farm south of Indian Head, Sask. | Karen Briere photo

Sask. couple share a passion for livestock

On the Farm: Ryan and Ashley Kattler raise cattle and goats as well as build portable panels and livestock equipment

INDIAN HEAD, Sask. — Ryan and Ashley Kattler could probably best be described as go-getters. Or maybe they just don’t sleep much. They started their farm in 2007, on their own, buying four quarters just months after they met. Since then, they’ve built Deep Lake Land and Livestock into a larger operation with more land, […] Read more


International Trade Minister Jim Carr told the House of Commons trade committee last week that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and officials are working to refute China’s claims of pests in shipments and seek other markets for canola.
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Ottawa urged to get political in canola tussle

Canada will continue to treat China’s restriction on Canadian canola imports as a scientific issue, even though testing shows no basis for the ban and a third Canadian company has been issued a notice of non-compliance. International Trade Minister Jim Carr told the House of Commons trade committee last week that the Canadian Food Inspection […] Read more

Looking after quadruplet calves is a lot of work. Benjamin Brinkman, left, and Carman Moxham supplement their nursing with bottle feedings.  |  Karen Briere photo

Sask. cow delivers healthy quadruplets

LEROSS, Sask. — Benjamin Brinkman saw that Cow 46 was getting ready to calve. He had been told it was likely she would have multiples. In the last five years, she has had 16 calves, although not all survived. But he wasn’t quite prepared for what happened on March 26 at Moxham Farms, where he […] Read more


Canadian Western Agribition ended its most recent fiscal year with an operating profit of $190,671. | File photo

Agribition remains in the black

Canadian Western Agribition ended its most recent fiscal year with an operating profit of $190,671. That’s down slightly from the previous year’s $270,000. However, outgoing president Bruce Holmquist said he’s fine with that, considering Agribition is a not-for-profit organization. “We exceeded budget and we probably exceeded expectations when you look at the harvest we had […] Read more

As many as 800 vehicles representing all types of industries gathered at Regina’s Evraz Place April 4 to protest the federal carbon tax.  |  Karen Briere photo

Sask. rally protests carbon tax

Truck after truck after truck drove into Regina April 4 heading to a rally to protest the recently imposed federal carbon tax. The convoy of all sizes and types of trucks from several industries gathered at various locations in southern Saskatchewan before converging at a single site to enter the city. Organizers estimated as many […] Read more

Pulse pest management may require longer rotations

Researchers have determined that aphanomyces, a root rot pathogen, can live in the soil for more than 10 years

Rotation is the key management strategy to control aphanomyces, but even that might not eliminate the pathogen from the soil. Producers attending pulse meetings this winter heard that the root rot pathogen can live in the soil for more than 10 years. Sherrilyn Phelps, agronomy manager at Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, said moving to longer rotations […] Read more


A new report from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute examined trade agreements between China and several countries and concluded that Canada shouldn’t pursue a free trade deal with the Asian country.  | Reuters/Fred Dufour photo

Quick canola recovery unlikely: China expert

A former diplomat says a high-level delegation from Canada could cause China to become more entrenched in its position

A political science professor and former counsellor at the Canadian embassy in China says it could be years before Canada reclaims its place in the Chinese canola market. Charles Burton from Brock University said there are too many unstable factors to be able to predict a quick resolution to the situation. “At the present time, […] Read more

The recent transfers include five-year funding arrangements through the irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation program.  |  File photo

Irrigation asset transfer completed in Sask.

The contentious initiative moves about 90 percent of irrigation assets previously owned by the province into the hands of district irrigators

The Saskatchewan government and four irrigation districts have completed asset transfers and agreed to infrastructure funding arrangements. The deal moves about 90 percent of provincial irrigation assets into the hands of the district irrigators, said deputy agriculture minister Rick Burton. The transfer has been contentious at times because irrigators said they didn’t want assets that […] Read more