Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Ele-vators Association, said rent on federal property at the Port of Vancouver went up 13 to 30 percent this year. | File photo

Provinces push for action on port expenses

Grain companies facing skyrocketing rent at the Vancouver port want Ottawa to intervene. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevators Association, said rent on federal property at the port went up 13 to 30 percent this year. It’s costing grain terminals hundreds of thousands of dollars every quarter and will total millions before […] Read more

Polls and vote projections mid-way through the campaign indicate no change in rural constituencies, which are all held by the Sask. Party. | Paul Yanko photo

Rural votes carry weight in Sask. election

History offers answers to why rural voters have become significant supporters of conservative politics in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Party led by Scott Moe appears poised to win a fourth consecutive mandate Oct. 26 and rural voters will largely be responsible. Polls and vote projections mid-way through the campaign indicate no change in rural constituencies, which are all held by the Sask. Party. With 31 seats required for a majority, the 29 […] Read more

The changes, when enacted, will put the onus on those who want to access land to snowmobile, pick berries or hunt to obtain permission, rather than requiring landowners to post their land to keep people out. | File photo

Tougher Sask. trespass laws in limbo

Changes made to Saskatchewan’s trespass laws in 2019 are not yet in effect. That means hunters and others are not legally required to ask for permission to be on private land, even though the government and wildlife organizations recommend that they do. The changes, when enacted, will put the onus on those who want to […] Read more


In its pre-budget submission to the federal government, the CCA said a foreign animal disease out-break in Canada would be cata-strophic. | File photo

FMD vaccine bank requested

It’s estimated a 
foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Canada could require 1.9 to 2.7 million doses of vaccine

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is urging the federal government to establish a foot-and-mouth disease vaccine bank. In its pre-budget submission to the federal government, the CCA said a foreign animal disease outbreak in Canada would be catastrophic. “Canada’s modelling has shown that an FMD outbreak in highly populated livestock regions would require between 1.9 million […] Read more

Agribition unveils lineup for online version

Cattle show will hold virtual competitions and sales and offer sessions on rodeo and education programs for students

Canadian Western Agribition has announced its full lineup of virtual events for this year after the live Regina show was postponed due to the pandemic. It includes the opportunity to vote for the supreme champions of all time through a bracket-style competition that includes every Beef Supreme champion ever named at the show. The champion […] Read more


Canada to improve BSE status

Canada has applied for negligible risk status at the OIE, the world animal health organization, and could obtain it 18 years after the first case of BSE devastated the beef industry. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association general manager David Moss told the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association’s annual general meeting that the application was submitted before the July […] Read more

Saskatchewan agriculture minister David Marit, centre, looks comfortable while visiting with Kevin Antworth, left, manager of Red Coat Cattle Feeders, and Preston Dorgan during a campaign stop at Garth Dorgan’s farm shop in Meyronne, Sask., Oct. 7.  |  Karen Briere photo

Ag minister favoured to win in Sask. election

The Saskatchewan Party candidate continues to travel the riding in campaign mode, despite his apparent lock on victory

ASSINIBOIA, Sask. — The campaign trail is a friendly one for Saskatchewan agriculture minister David Marit. His rural constituents in Wood River typically vote for the Saskatchewan Party, voted overwhelmingly for him as a first-time candidate in 2016 and are expected to do so again on Oct. 26. Marit grew up in the region, and […] Read more

While the Sask. Party has promised to be back to balanced budgets by 2024-25, the NDP said it would convene an expert panel to “plan our path back to balanced budgets.” | Elections Saskatchewan photo

NDP focuses on crop insurance, AgriStability

A Saskatchewan NDP government would lower crop insurance rates and cover the cost of removing the reference margin limit from AgriStability, according to the party’s election platform. The document, released Oct. 9, says it would spend $20 million each year to “increase AgriStability reference margins” but officials confirmed that does mean removing the reference margin […] Read more


Sydney Walls, left, Elaine Moen, Kandace Moen, Todd Moen, Mariah Moen, Pauline Muschner and Elisabeth Hesse stand in front of a combine on the Moen farm near Elrose, Sask.  |  Photo courtesy of the Moen family

Farm ends up with all-women crew this year

Saskatchewan producer says it wasn’t intentional but fewer mishaps and positive attitudes made the season enjoyable

Circumstances, not design, led Todd Moen to an all-female farm crew this year. But the Elrose, Sask., farmer says he would hire one again anytime. Fewer mishaps and positive attitudes made the season enjoyable, he said. Sometimes men want to do things their way or have an attitude about an aspect of the job, he […] Read more

Sask. cattle meetings will be held online

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association has moved its fall meetings online. An Oct. 9 news release said the meetings were to start Oct. 19 but “the planning realities along with continued hotspots made the 11 meetings with people travelling across the province inadvisable.” Chair Arnold Balicki said he was disappointed but it was the safe thing […] Read more