The Prairies want more than one representative on the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board, considering that prairie shipments account for more than 85 percent of the export value going through the port.  | File photo

Campaign heats up to reform Vancouver port

Concerns about rising rents prompt Western Grain Elevator Association and prairie provinces to lobby feds for changes

The Western Grain Elevator Association has stepped up its push for governance changes at the Port of Vancouver. Executive director Wade Sobkowich said efforts to lobby the federal transport minister for legislative change have not worked. A campaign backed by the three prairie provinces is underway. The WGEA asked former transport minister Marc Garneau in […] Read more

This test intercrop plot of Amarillo yellow peas and AC Oravena oats was grown at Agriculture Canada’s research centre in Swift Current, Sask., in 2019.  | File photo

Pea-cereal mixtures perform well in trials

Lodging in peas was reduced and protein content was higher in the mixes, but questions remain about nitrogen fixation

Pea-cereal mixtures are becoming more common for greenfeed production in Western Canada, but limited agronomic information is available. Bill Biligetu from the University of Saskatchewan said adding forage peas into a mix with a forage barley or oats can lead to benefits. “Most people want to add some sort of legume fertilizer so they can […] Read more

Including a legume improves palatability while adding nitrogen to the soil to help enhance the pasture. | File photo

Legumes called beneficial pasture addition

Benefits include a boost in production, improved palatability, nitrogen enhancement and increased carbon storage

Incorporating legumes into grass pastures boosts the pasture and also provides good feed for the late-summer slump in plant production, said Dr. Bart Lardner from the University of Saskatchewan. He told the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference that grazing during August and September, when plants get dry and mature, can be a concern. Including a legume […] Read more


The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association commits $18,000 of check-off money each year to help subsidize summer job wages for up to six third-year WCVM students at rural practices. | File photo

Program designed to recruit more rural vets

Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association commits $18,000 annually to help subsidize summer job wages for vet students

Courtney Orsen already knows she is heading to rural Saskatchewan when she is done veterinary college this spring, thanks at least in part to a program designed to recruit more rural veterinarians. The student from the Hanley, Sask., area participated last summer in a preceptorship offered by the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association […] Read more

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan has been working on vaccines for COVID-19, and Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe said the money should go toward a new facility to position VIDO as Canada's Centre for Pandemic Research. | Screencap via VIDO.org

Sask. announces pandemic research funding

The Saskatchewan government is giving VIDO $15 million to continue pandemic research, as long as Ottawa provides funding, too. The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan has been working on vaccines for COVID-19, and Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe said the money should go toward a new facility to position VIDO as […] Read more


The program for the upcoming growing season was announced Feb. 23 in Regina. It includes coverage of $273 per acre, up from $224 last year. | File photo

Sask. crop insurance coverage increases

High commodity prices and increased yield coverage have pushed Saskatchewan crop insurance coverage to record levels for 2021. The program for the upcoming growing season was announced Feb. 23 in Regina. It includes coverage of $273 per acre, up from $224 last year. Premiums are also going up to an average of $8.59 per acre […] Read more

The list is based on nominations submitted from across the country. The nominations were whittled down to the top 10 finalists in five categories by a panel of judges. | Screencap via YouTube/Canadian Western Agribition

Agribition releases top 50 industry leaders list

Canadian Western Agribition is celebrating Canada’s Ag Day today with the release of the winners of its campaign to find the top 50 industry leaders. The list is based on nominations submitted from across the country. The nominations were whittled down to the top 10 finalists in five categories by a panel of judges, including […] Read more

There are 10,095 dairy farms eligible for payments after losing market share through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe.
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Dairy compensation payments arrive

About half of Canada’s dairy farmers have received their second trade compensation payments from the federal government, said agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau last week. Speaking to the Dairy Farmers of Canada annual meeting, she said 5,054 farmers had received $267.1 million so far from the second year of the Dairy Direct Payments Program. There are […] Read more


U.S. dairy farmer Michele Payn speaks out against the practice of shaming people over food choices. | Screencap via causematters.com

Misinformation creates food fear

Food bullying creates fear, shame and questions that farmers and ranchers have to be able to handle without becoming bullies themselves, says Michele Payn, a dairy farmer and founder of Cause Matters Corp. in Indiana. The professional speaker who specializes in agriculture said organizations and influencers shame people for food choices while creating fear about […] Read more

Western Livestock Price Insurance Program is now known simply as Livestock Price Insurance. Program details and delivery have not changed. | Screencap via lpi.ca

Livestock insurance plan changes name

The price insurance program available to western Canadian producers has rebranded. Western Livestock Price Insurance Program is now known simply as Livestock Price Insurance. Program details and delivery have not changed. According to a news release on the program website, the change was needed to “strengthen its capabilities to promote Livestock Price Insurance while adhering […] Read more