APAS said federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau wanted evidence of how the carbon tax is impacting farmers and its research shows the reality.
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APAS updates estimate on farm cost of carbon tax

Grain drying, transportation, heating and electricity could cost 
a 5,000 acre grain farm an extra $8,000- $10,000 this year

Saskatchewan farmers could lose, on average, eight percent of their total net income this year due to the carbon tax, according to numbers from the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. Those losses will grow to 12 percent when the carbon price rises to $50 per tonne in 2022. APAS said federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau […] Read more

Saskatchewan residents produce the second-highest amount of waste per person in the country.  |  File photo

Sask. RMs criticize provincial waste strategy

Gov’t says plan will help reduce waste in landfills, but rural communities say funding and education are also needed

Saskatchewan rural municipalities and small and remote communities need more from the province than just a solid waste management strategy, say representatives from those areas. Funding and education are critical to waste reduction, especially where services such as recycling and reusing are sparse. “We think the government isn’t really listening to us,” said Saskatchewan Association […] Read more

Ken Falk, who operates Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, was exonerated but is out $215,000 in legal fees with no way to get that money back. | Screencap via fvsp.ca

B.C. poultry producer wins costly fight with CFIA

Ken Falk was eventually cleared of violating interprovincial meat transport laws, but it cost him $215,000 in legal fees

A British Columbia poultry producer says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency far overstepped when it fined him for violating interprovincial meat transport laws. Ken Falk, who operates Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, was exonerated but is out $215,000 in legal fees with no way to get that money back. “It’s been a nightmare,” Falk said of […] Read more


Funds for beef cattle research are expected to benefit cow-calf producers and others in the industry, opening the gate to better herd health. Above, Carl Vanderploeg helps move cattle near Vulcan, Alta.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Cattle health research gets fund boost

A University of Saskatchewan researcher will focus on antimicrobial resistance and production limiting diseases

SASKATOON — New funding and a new research chair at the University of Saskatchewan will boost capacity to examine beef cattle health issues including antimicrobial use and resistance. Dr. Cheryl Waldner from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine has been appointed the NSERC/BCRC Industrial Research Chair in One Health and Production Limiting Diseases. “Our research […] Read more

Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein from the federal research station at Lethbridge said management of cattle before they are to be transported seems to have the greatest impact on how they withstand the truck and trailer. | File photo

Study into transportation rest stops finds little benefit

SASKATOON — A study has found that rest stops during transportation had little to no effect on calves in good condition, says the researcher. Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein from the federal research station at Lethbridge said the difference between calves transported for 36 hours or 12 hours, with and without rest stops, was some fatigue. She […] Read more


Producers lament red tape

Farmers surveyed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business say red tape is costing them time and money. Ninety-five percent of the 261 farmer respondents in a larger CFIB survey said they could be more competitive if there was less red tape. Virginia Labbie, CFIB’s senior policy analyst for agri-business, said this doesn’t mean deregulation […] Read more

The United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and India are priority markets for Saskatchewan and the trade mission goal is to expand and strengthen trade, research and investment ties while increasing understanding of needs in these markets. | Photo via Twitter/@SKAgriculture

Sask. trade mission promotes ag exports

Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit is on a trade mission to Southeast Asia and the Middle East to promote the province’s products. The Feb. 6-14 trip includes a stop at the Pulses Conclave, where he will deliver a keynote address. The United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and India are priority markets for Saskatchewan and the trade […] Read more

Morris Group gets more time

Morris Group has been granted more time and financing to work its way out of financial difficulty. Queen’s Bench Justice R.S. Smith approved an extension Jan. 16 for the company to continue to operate under creditor protection. He also approved a sale and investment solicitation process, or SISP, to allow the company to reorganize. Morris […] Read more


Animal protection cases given new court date

Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan says large seizures of livestock are being avoided in recent months

Two Saskatchewan men charged under animal protection laws last year were back in court in mid-January. Both cases were set over to later dates. Warren Russell from Stoughton was set to appear Jan. 28 in Weyburn provincial court, while Chad Mokelky will be in Estevan provincial court on March 2. The men were charged after […] Read more

Ken Falk, who operates Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, was exonerated but is out $215,000 in legal fees with no way to get that money back. | Screencap via fvsp.ca

Poultry producer wins case against CFIA; still out money

A British Columbia poultry producer says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency far overstepped when it fined him for violating interprovincial meat transport laws. Ken Falk, who operates Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, was exonerated but is out $215,000 in legal fees with no way to get that money back. “It’s been a nightmare,” Falk said of […] Read more