More than 10,000 claims have been made so far and about 7,000 of them have come from Saskatchewan. Last year, about 11,000 claims were filed. | File photo

Sask. farmers take biggest hail hit

Hail claims on the Prairies are tracking similar to last year with Saskatchewan farmers reporting the most damage so far. However, there are still six weeks or so that could result in hail storms, leading Canadian Crop Hail Association president Rick Omelchenko to speculate that final numbers could be higher. More than 10,000 claims have […] Read more

The provincial government has granted conditional environmental assessment approval to CanPacific Potash's Albany project, which is to be located in the Sedley-Francis area. | Screencap via projectalbany.ca

Proposed potash mine clears hurdle in Sask.

A proposed potash mine in southeastern Saskatchewan has cleared one environmental hurdle but has several more ahead before the project can proceed. The provincial government has granted conditional environmental assessment approval to CanPacific Potash’s Albany project, which is to be located in the Sedley-Francis area (map). But it must meet several more conditions, including mitigating […] Read more

The provincial government has granted conditional environmental assessment approval to CanPacific Potash's Albany project, which is to be located in the Sedley-Francis area. | Screencap via projectalbany.ca

Proposed potash mine clears hurdle in Sask.

A proposed potash mine in southeastern Saskatchewan has cleared one environmental hurdle but has several more ahead before the project can proceed. The provincial government has granted conditional environmental assessment approval to CanPacific Potash’s Albany project, which is to be located in the Sedley-Francis area (map). But it must meet several more conditions, including mitigating […] Read more


In February, more than 300 head were seized from a farm near Stoughton. Later that same month, 131 animals were removed from a Lampman operation where 16 other animals were found dead. | File photo

Improper sale of seized cattle sparks procedural change

Some cattle seized under animal protection laws in Saskatchewan last winter were sold in error. According to Livestock Services of Saskatchewan, which conducts brand inspections, three owners will be compensated after their animals were sold along with those owned by the person from whom they were seized. President Jason Pollock said a complex ownership structure […] Read more

Since April 1, SaskPower says there have been 240 reported incidents of machinery contacting electrical lines. That's up from 230 at the same time last year. | File photo

Power line contacts up this harvest season: SaskPower

SaskPower is reminding farmers to take care around power lines during harvest after an increasing number of contacts through the growing season. Since April 1, there have been 240 reported incidents of machinery contacting electrical lines. That’s up from 230 at the same time last year. Spokesperson Joel Cherry said despite continuous efforts to remind […] Read more


Anthrax spores live in the soil and are buoyant in water. When sloughs and potholes dry up, the spores remain and concentrate. Disease surveillance veterinarian Dr. Wendy Wilkins said as the grazing season winds down and animals get into less desirable forage the chances of getting to those spores increase. | National Institute of Standards and Technology [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons photo

Anthrax in southeast Saskatchewan kills 7 animals

Provincial officials say seven animals are dead from anthrax in the rural municipality of Chester, southeast of Regina. These are the first deaths from the soil-borne disease in the province since three farms, in incidences involving cattle and bison, were affected in 2015. The province wouldn’t reveal what type of animals were affected this year, […] Read more

Dominic Barton chaired the Advisory Council on Economic Growth that, a couple of years ago, identified agriculture as one of the growth industries for the Canadian economy. | File photo

Dominic Barton to be next ambassador to China

UPDATED: September 4, 2019 – 1255 CST – Dominic Barton has officially been named Canada’s ambassador to China, and that  should be welcome news to farmers who want action on trade files. Barton chaired the Advisory Council on Economic Growth that, a couple of years ago, identified agriculture as one of the growth industries for […] Read more

Anthrax spores live in the soil and are buoyant in water. When sloughs and potholes dry up, the spores remain and concentrate. Disease surveillance veterinarian Dr. Wendy Wilkins said as the grazing season winds down and animals get into less desirable forage the chances of getting to those spores increase. | National Institute of Standards and Technology [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons photo

Southeast Sask. producers dealing with anthrax

Provincial officials say seven animals are dead from anthrax in the rural municipality of Chester, southeast of Regina. These are the first deaths from the soil-borne disease in the province since three farms, in incidences involving cattle and bison, were affected in 2015. The province wouldn’t reveal what type of animals were affected this year, […] Read more


In February, more than 300 head were seized from a farm near Stoughton. Later that same month, 131 animals were removed from a Lampman operation where 16 other animals were found dead. | File photo

Improper sale of seized cattle sparks procedural change

No changes in legislation needed, says livestock services president

Some cattle seized under animal protection laws in Saskatchewan last winter were sold in error. According to Livestock Services of Saskatchewan, which conducts brand inspections, three owners will be compensated after their animals were sold along with those owned by the person from whom they were seized. President Jason Pollock said a complex ownership structure […] Read more

Since April 1, SaskPower says there have been 240 reported incidents of machinery contacting electrical lines. That's up from 230 at the same time last year. | File photo

Beware of power lines: SaskPower

SaskPower is reminding farmers to take care around power lines during harvest after an increasing number of contacts through the growing season. Since April 1, there have been 240 reported incidents of machinery contacting electrical lines. That’s up from 230 at the same time last year. Spokesperson Joel Cherry said despite continuous efforts to remind […] Read more