Animal hoarding issue requires varied approach to issue

Animal hoarding problems can be curbed only by looking at needs of both animals and humans, says an expert in the field. Dr. Christiana Bratiotis from the University of British Columbia says animal hoarding is poorly understood. She said in rural North America the predominant type of hoarding involves livestock and that presents different challenges […] Read more

Workers unaware of ag job benefits

OTTAWA — Agriculture has to do a better job of enticing people to work in the industry and should be recruiting people at a younger age if it wants Canadians to fill the roles, says a Conference Board of Canada economist. But it’s more likely that temporary foreign workers and immigrants will have to take […] Read more

The federal government has launched two strategies designed to create economic development in rural Canada. | Screencap via infrastructure.gc.ca

Feds announce plans for rural development

The federal government has launched two strategies designed to create economic development in rural Canada. Minister Bernadette Jordan released Rural Opportunities, National Prosperity concurrently with High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy. She said consultation over the past several months pointed to high-speed broadband as the most immediate need in rural areas. Twenty percent of […] Read more


Viterra says it has found extra business in markets such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and the European Union, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to the 4.8 million tonnes of Canadian canola that China bought last year.  |  Viterra photo

No easy fix to fill canola vacuum: Viterra

The head of Regina-based Viterra says finding new canola buyers to fill the void left by China’s decision to stop buying Canadian canola won’t be easy. Since China blocked Canadian imports in March citing pest contamination, many people have suggested new markets are the answer. The federal government has been on trade missions to drum […] Read more

A couple of farmers came prepared last week as rain fell on Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina. The show disappointed some visitors and exhibitors, but organizers say they have a plan.  |  Michael Raine photo

Farm Progress Show disappoints some

Canada’s Farm Progress Show is promising changes for next year but some wonder if the show has run its course after 42 years. There were noticeably fewer exhibits at last week’s show. Some estimated the number had dropped by at least 300. Social media took note of the smaller show with many speculating on its […] Read more


Jenna Ranger runs a dental practice while Jason spends his time on the family’s 11,000 acre farm.  |  Michael Raine photo

Outstanding Young Farmers named in Sask.

Jason and Jenna Ranger of Shellbrook have slowed their expansion and now focus on improving the business

The opportunity to rent land from former Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers winners a dozen years ago led Jason and Jenna Ranger to the same title last week. The judges selected the couple from Shellbrook during the competition at Canada’s Farm Progress Show. Jason grew up on a farm near Leask and, after a year studying […] Read more

Farm Progress Show announces changes for next year

Canada’s Farm Progress Show plans big changes for next year. Evraz Place chief executive officer Tim Reid said the show will shift to a mid-week format, running Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday rather than the current Wednesday through Friday. It will also start later on the first day, and there will be an increased focus on entertainment during the […] Read more

Environmental award winners ‘walk the talk’

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Randy Stokke didn’t want to say it too loudly, but the ranch he runs with wife, Terry, and their family had good moisture this spring even though it’s located in one of the driest parts of Saskatchewan. The Stokkes run their cattle on about 14,000 acres of mostly crown lease native […] Read more


The opportunity to rent land from former Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers winners a dozen years ago led Jason and Jenna Ranger to the same title yesterday. | Michael Raine photo

Jason and Jenna Ranger named Sask. Outstanding Young Farmers

The opportunity to rent land from former Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers winners a dozen years ago led Jason and Jenna Ranger to the same title yesterday. The judges selected the couple from Shellbrook during the competition at Canada’s Farm Progress Show. Jason grew up on a farm near Leask and, after a year studying agriculture […] Read more

Lester, Laura and Royce Lodoen focus on sheep these days on their farm near Fox Valley, Sask. | Karen Briere photo

Sask. farm family has history of innovation

On the Farm: Vestiges of innovation and experimentation can still be seen on the farm, which was founded in 1924

FOX VALLEY, Sask. — There are two constants at the Lodoen farm: change and innovation. Since Ben Lodoen homesteaded the land with his brother, establishing their farm in 1924 even before the nearby town of Fox Valley sprang up, there have been all types of enterprises on this land. Grain, horses, cows, pigs and chickens […] Read more